I love the MacArthur Foundation because they fund the coolest things. In this case it began as a five year 50 Million dollar initiative that began in 2006. One of the products of this initiative was a white paper that is quite relevant to today’s educator.
“Kids’ Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures” is a three-year collaborative project carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives.
I highly encourage you to take the time to check it out and consider how these findings might inform decisions we are making in the classroom.