The Fourth Annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture will take place April 18, 2013, at Pacific Lutheran University. The title of the lecture will be “Digital Divides, Digital Literacies, and the Power and Potential of Connected Learning” delivered by S. Craig Watkins.
When we think of the digital divide we usually think of access to technology as the primary factor. But the scope and nature of the digital divide has changed in some notable ways, creating a very different digital world as well as new perils and possibilities. After spending an entire year in a Central Texas high school, researcher S. Craig Watkins draws on some of the insight from The Digital Edge, a multi-year study funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Texas at Austin. The Digital Edge explores how even as a greater diversity of youth than ever before are using social, mobile, and digital media platforms, America's social, educational, and economic divides persist. In this talk, Watkins discusses the vision and the challenges of "connected learning" in the lives, schools, and communities of low-income youth.
S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and a Global Fellow at the IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.
Please join us on April 18 at 7pm in the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University for the lecture.
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