Although computers, cell phones, video games and other new technologies are a common part of most teenagers’ lives, little is known about how they influence the way young people interact with friends, learn in school, or spend their free-time. To better understand what it means to grow up digital, Global Kids has launched a Digital Media Essay Contest, inviting high school youth to write about how they use weblogs, instant messaging, games, remix music and other digital media. The MacArthur-funded competition will be hosted within the virtual world, Second Life, and will run throughout February and March 2006.
Digital Media & Learning
MacArthur is exploring how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The goal is to make education more powerful for all students by creating more opportunities for more youth to engage in learning that is relevant to their lives and prepares them for success in school, the workplace, and their community.