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By Heather Chaplin

Connie Yowell on Digital Media and Learning, Then and Now

Connie Yowell is director of education for US programs at the MacArthur Foundation. She oversees the $85 million program on digital media and learning.


By Heather Chaplin

Why John Seely Brown Says We Should Look Beyond Creativity to Cultivate Imagination

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at University of Southern California and independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. He was chief scientist at Xerox Corporation and director of the Palo Alto Research Center. He cofounded the Institute for Research on Learning and was a trustee of the MacArthur Foundation until 2012.


By Heather Chaplin

Eric Zimmerman on The Age of Play

Eric Zimmerman is a game designer and founding faculty member of the NYU Game Center. He is the coauthor, with Katie Salen, of “Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals,” and was cofounder and chief design officer of Gamelab.


By Heather Chaplin

S. Craig Watkins on Connecting Learning to Opportunity

S. Craig Watkins is a professor at the University of Austin in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African American Studies. He is also a faculty fellow for the Division of Community Engagement. He is the author of “Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture and The Struggle for the Soul of a Movement,” and “The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future.”


By Heather Chaplin

Mozilla’s Mark Surman on Teaching the World the Web

Mark Surman is the executive director of the Mozilla Foundation. Image tag herePhoto/Mozilla in Europe


By Heather Chaplin

Eszter Hargittai on Today’s Digital Divide

Eszter Hargittai is Delaney Family professor in the Communication Studies Department and faculty associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. She is also a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.


By Heather Chaplin

Elizabeth Babcock on How Digital Media Can Help Change Public Understanding of Science

Elizabeth Babcock is the chief public engagement officer and dean of education at the California Academy of Sciences. She was previously the vice president of education and library collections at the Field Museum in Chicago and on the leadership team that started Hive Chicago.


By Heather Chaplin

Amy Eshleman on Libraries As the Original Maker Spaces

Amy Eshleman is the program leader for education at the Urban Libraries Council. Before that she was assistant commissioner for strategic planning and partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, where she led the creation and expansion of YOUmedia.  


By Heather Chaplin

Mike Hawkins on YOUmedia and Engaging Teens as Creators, Critical Thinkers and Producers

Mike Hawkins is the manager of informal learning and lead mentor for Digital Youth Network.  


By Heather Chaplin

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl on Writing in the 21st Century

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl is the director of national programs and site development for the National Writing Project. She is a cofounder of Digital Is and coauthor of “Because Digital Matters: Improving Student Writing in Online and Multimedia Environments.”


By Heather Chaplin

John Palfrey on Challenging (and Protecting) Students in the Digital Age

John Palfrey is the head of school at Phillips Academy, Andover. He was formerly a professor of law and vice dean of Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is currently president of the board of directors of the Digital Public Library of America, a director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a trustee and chair-elect of the Knight Foundation. Palfrey is also the coauthor of “Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems” and “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives.”


By Heather Chaplin

Barry Joseph on Why Museums, Libraries, and Afterschool Programs Are Working Together

Barry Joseph is associate director of digital learning in youth initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the former director of the online leadership program at Global Kids, Inc.


By Heather Chaplin

Katie Salen on Building a Public School Around Game Design and What Comes Next

Katie Salen is professor at DePaul University of Computing and Digital Media, and executive director of the Institute of Play.


By Heather Chaplin

James Bosco on Using Digital Media to Bring Change to Schools

James Bosco is a professor emeritus at Western Michigan University. Recently he was the principal investigator of a Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Project supported by the MacArthur Foundation titled, “Participatory Learning in Schools: Policy and Leadership.”


By Heather Chaplin

Q&A: Tené Gray on How Mentors Support Youth Development

Tené Gray is director of the Digital Youth Network, a digital literacy program in Chicago that teaches kids to be meaningful producers of digital media.

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