Mimi Ito - Translation, Triggers, and Transitions: What does it take to connect interests to achievement?

What support can parents & educators provide young people to connect interests with school, career & politically relevant achievement?

About The Speaker(s)

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine.

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  • (10:36) How do we connect kids' interests and their social engagements to the kinds of engagements that will open up opportunity in their adult-driven lives?
  • (13:05)What are the supports that could bring more kids into connected learning environments? What are the barriers, whether it's economic, psychological, or cultural?
  • (14:50) Have you seen, in your own work, some promising directions in terms of processes or programs or technologies or ways of engaging youth that can help bridge that divide?
  • (18:47) I guess my issue is working with all the different departments and getting them all on board and I'm not sure how other people have dealt with that?
  • (19:06) Do you find that the teachers in the subject areas are open to some of those technology practices entering more of the core curriculum of the school?
  • (25:35) Is it still difficult to bring this connected learning into a school setting? Does connected learning include English Language Learners (ELLs)?
  • (34:42) What do you mean that school is intended for a 'smaller audience'?
  • (36:38) As parents, what do we need to be asking our school districts to help them understand and adopt connected learning?
  • (40:43) How can I [as a parent] function as a mentor in the classroom? Is there an expertise or mentor model that a school could adopt? How do you scale that across the culture of the district?
  • (50:55) If school is just a 'node' in the network of learning, how do schools learn from the other parts of the network?

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