Inequities in skills attainment, achievement gaps among ethnicities, and a disconnect between classroom learning and the everyday lives and interests of young people are troubling trends that signify the need for a new framework of learning, according to a report released by the Connected Learning Research Network. The report proposes a framework for learning called "connected learning", which seeks to address inequity in education, engender 21st century skills and literacies in all youth, and attune to the learning possibilities of a networked society. The researchers state that such a model would take advantage of the Internet and digital technology, helping to close the gap between the “no-frills” learning that too often happens in school and the interactive, hands-on learning that takes place out of school.
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.