attracting youth to public spaces

20 07 2011

Garry Putland references cultural anthropologist Mimo Ito in his article in Education Technology Solutions (um sorry not sure which 2011 issue  his article was called hot technologies for hot learning) and quotes her observation that social media is impacting young people’s interest driven learning and  that ”

  • skills and literacy are a byproduct of social engagement
  • the sources of expertise come from peers and not just institutionalised authorities
  • Networked games like Pokemon support specialisation, development of personalised relationships to the content, and deep expertise
  • The overall knowledge economy is distributed” pp41
And when learning happens as a ‘by-product’ its not hard to engage, and difficult becomes challenge, puzzle and fun. Perhaps an element of a ‘living laboratory’ is the generosity and affordance described as being offered and taken up by youth at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Centre in downtown Chicago.



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