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October 14, 2014

A talk for the National Scholarship Providers Association, Pittsburg, October 14, 2014

Today’s learners are immersed in an abundance of information, media and ubiquitous social connection. Despite unprecedented access to educational resources and expertise, our research found only a small minority of young learners leveraging new media to further academic and career relevant learning or their civic engagement. How can we best guide, mentor, and teach young people in this era of abundant knowledge and connectivity? Can new media build stronger connections between in school and out of school learning? And how can we do this in a way that supports the interests and identities of all learners? Connected learning offers a model for how to leverage new technology in ways that serve progressive learning goals, linking young people’s academic, social, and recreational lives.