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's grantmaking aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to education and other social institutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations.