Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids’ interests and teach 21st-century skills.
Big Thinkers Video Series
Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. From innovative classroom concepts to suggestions on how to foster creativity and collaboration, they share their valuable insights for teaching and learning and illuminate new solutions to old problems.
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- ARTICLE: Connecting Youth to a Community-Built System of Programs
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- ARTICLE: Exhibits and Education Are Integrated at the Academy of Sciences
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The New Youth City Learning Network evolved to become Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network. Diana Rhoten has since moved on from the Social Science Research Council to become the chief strategy officer at News Corporation's K-12 educational technology company Amplify. Watch Diana talk about her work at Amplify in this video from Stanford Business School, or follow Diana Rhoten on Twitter.
Visit the Big Thinkers series page to see more videos.