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Video Games and the Civic Involvement of Youth

The Civic Potential of Video Games, written by Joseph Kahne, Ellen Middaugh and Chris Evans, focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. More

The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

The single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. More

Living and Learning with New Media

This report summarizes the results of an ambitious three-year ethnographic study into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. More

New Competencies, Skills Required for Participatory Culture

Many teens today who use the Internet are actively involved in participatory cultures—joining online communities, producing creative work in new forms, working in teams to complete tasks and develop new knowledge, and shaping the flow of media. More

Study Underscores Importance of Web 2.0 for Learning

A study by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) found the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is quite limited.  More

Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development

The MacArthur-supported study shows that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, often in ways adults do not understand or value. More

Code Outlines Five Principles of Fair Use for Teachers & Students

Thanks to a coordinated effort by the media literacy community, supported by experts at American University and grantee Temple University, teachers and students have a guide that simplifies the legalities of using copyrighted materials in an academic setting. More

Supportive Housing Does Not Hurt Home Values, According to Study

A new study by New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy finds that supportive housing does not depress property values in surrounding neighborhoods. More