Education must go digital

The way young people use technology outside school is changing and so are the ways they learn. This project, funded by the NCSL, aims to explore children's informal learning with digital media such as games consoles, the internet and mobile phones. There are three main areas of focus:

  • How young people are engaging with digital media - especially when it has not been designed to be explicitly educational. What are they learning in terms of skills, networking and collaboration?
  • The potential for a new digital divide to open up which is based on parental support for media use rather than access to hardware.
  • How schools can respond to these issues.
Their Space
Hannah Green, Celia Hannon
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