Welcome to the Digital Generation Project. Edutopia's in-depth coverage of students from around the country reveals how young people are using new media to learn, communicate, and socialize in new and exciting ways.
Originally Published: June 12, 2014 | Updated: August 19, 2014
Today's kids are born digital -- born into a media-rich, networked world of infinite possibilities. But their digital lifestyle is about more than just cool gadgets; it's about engagement, self-directed learning, creativity, and empowerment. The Digital Generation Project tells their stories so that educators and parents can understand how kids learn, communicate, and socialize in very different ways than any previous generation.
Even as the national beauty obsession grows, a new virtual world has emerged to give kids another perspective about image. See also "Resources to Teach About Self-Image," which helps you to discover a webinar, videos, and research reports targeted at positive messages about appearance, and "Technology Provides a New Look at Body Image," which guides teachers on how to use virtual worlds to provide teens with the comfort and security to start new, healthy conversations about their looks.
Both in the classroom and in after-school pods, students learn to become critical creators in Chicago's Digital Youth Network. On Remix World, the program's social-networking site, participants share, critique, and discuss their work.
Global Kids uses media and technology to foster civic participation and global awareness. In its Online Leadership Program, students make games, create animated movies, and produce videos that explore global issues.
In Be The Game, high school students mentor peers and use game design as a tool for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math, and the program's high tech bus travels to locations where tech facilities are not available.