teens

Keywords: teens, networking, social
I am reading danah boyd’s excellent new book, It’s Complicated, and making notes as I go via Goodreads as a sort of comment trail of my thinking of her ideas. So far, it is a great read, with lots of her insights drawn from extensive research around teenagers over multiple years time. She really has a critical eye for what kids are doing, and how adults perceive what kids are doing (often through...
This week, one of the contributing authorsat ArtMuseumTeaching.com brought to my attention a recent column from LA Youth written by 15-year-old Howard Hwang who felt compelled to write about his distaste for visiting museums.  His piece entitled "Why museums suck" seems to have already generated an interesting response from the museum community and beyond, so I thought perhaps I would throw this...
Original photograph by Buffy Hamilton As part of our makerspace initiative this year (please see this blog post and this slidedeck here) and inspired by the work of the Sacramento Public Library, one of my focal points is thinking about ways the library can support creating communities of readers and writers who are crafting and composing texts (and I use the term text rather liberally).  The...
Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, talks about her research in a recent interview for the DMLcentral Newsletter. Lenhart and her team focus on teens, social networking, and web 2.0, and have released several reports of great interest to the digital media and learning community. In the interview, Lenhart discusses her...
Keywords: research, data, teens
  This overview of teen behavior and experience online, as well as attitudes about writing online and in school, draws on data collected by the Pew Research Center on Internet and American Life.  Data are primarily from 2008 and 2009.
Keywords: texting, teens, short form
texting-teens.jpg There is much handwringing over the impact texting is having on our kids' academic writing. As teens - and even younger children - text more, the thinking goes, the less they'll adhere to the standard structures of writing and composition, affecting their ability to write for school purposes. Well, as this article by Gary Stern points out, and as...