For Teachers and Students, Children and Parents: Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education

June 21, 2010

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What is really going on with youth and social media? Are there benefits—educational and life-long—to young people's use of social media? Find out in this discussion featuring danah boyd, social media researcher and guru, and a panel of experts, as they discuss how social media, technology, and education interact and enhance learning both in and out of the classroom.

Reactor panel:

  • Barry Joseph, Director Online Leadership Program, Global Kids
  • Jessica Hochman, Assistant Professor, LMS, Coordinator, Pratt School of Library and Information Science
  • Linda W. Braun, Educational Technology Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Program Facilitator: Jack Martin, Assistant Director of Public Programs / Lifelong Learning, The New York Public Library

danah boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her research investigates everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Her blogs are at and she is on Twitter @zephoria

HomeworkNYC Apps is a joint project of New York City's three public library systems (Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Library) with the assistance of the New York City Department of Education. The HomeworkNYC Apps project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which was awarded following a planning project that examined teens and tweens research habits, homework needs, and ways in which they perform homework research online.