Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dr Fields' new book to be released October 15

Dr Fields' new book to be released October 15


Deborah Fields' new book, Connected Play: Tween Life in a Virtual World, will be released October 15. In Connected Play, Deborah Fields and co-author Yasmin Kafai investigate what happens when kids play in virtual worlds, how this matters for their offline lives, and what this means for the design of educational opportunities in digital worlds.

Play is fundamentally important for kids' development, but, Kafai and Fields argue, to understand play in virtual worlds, we need to connect concerns of development and culture with those of digital media and learning. Kafai and Fields do this through a detailed study of kids' play in Whyville, a massive, informal virtual world with educational content for tween players. Combining ethnographic accounts with analysis of logfile data, they present rich portraits and overviews of how kids learn to play in a digital domain, developing certain technological competencies; how kids learn to play well -- responsibly, respectfully, and safely; and how kids learn to play creatively, creating content that becomes a part of the virtual world itself.

From the foreword by Mizuko Ito, "This book by Kafai and Fields gently disarms and redirects these concerns towards a productive intergenerational dialog and positive agenda for educational research and design. The authors do this not by simply asserting their expertise or a moral imperative about children and technology, but through careful observation and representation of the agency, ingenuity, and social conscience of children themselves... It is this kind of meaningful and intentional connectivity that provides our best hope for making the online world a productive force for not just children, but for our collective and increasingly digitally mediated future."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Active Learning Lab featured in University News

Active Learning Lab featured in University News

Utah State Today featured ITLS Active Learning Lab on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. "Researchers from Utah State University will evaluate math technology products being piloted by schools. It’s all part of a project for Utah’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Action Center."

To read the full story, go to USU Researchers Will Evaluate New Utah Math Technology Pilot page.