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       New York City October 10-16, 2011 www.mobilityshifts.org

 

Learning with Social and Mobile Media: The Positive Potential of Peer Pressure and Messing Around Online Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. Theresa Lang Community and Student Center Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor Today’s social and mobile enables learners to connect with expert peers, learning resources, and online audiences. Whether it is gaming, sports, or fan fiction, kids are turning to the networked world for sources of knowledge and to engage with communities of interest. Research found that social and mobile media can be a powerful driver of interest-driven, peer-based learning, but uptake is diverse and uneven; very few kids or educators were taking full advantage of the learning potential of new media. This talk will describe different genres of informal and peer-based learning that are supported by today’s networked environments, and how they relate to diverse learning goals.   Mimi Ito: M.A. Anthropology, Ph.D. Education, Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub University of California Humanities Research Institute, Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning Department of Anthropology and Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine. I am a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people in Japan and the US. During my graduate work at Stanford, I worked at the Institute for Research on Learning, Xerox PARC, and Apple, studying up the emerging field of social and cultural studies of digital technology use. My doctoral work was part of the Fifth Dimension project led by Michael Cole. For many years I had a research group at Keio studying mobile technology use. A few years ago I completed a study with Peter Lyman and Michael Carteron a multi-year project on digital kids and informal learning, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. As part of this, I did case studies of anime fandoms in Japan and the English-speaking online world, focusing on anime music videos and fansubs.

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Mimi Ito