I just presented at the University of Pennsylvania 33rd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum with colleagues Tracie Wallace at UC Berkeley, and John Scott and Dee Anne Anderson at NYU who each teach/research at sites on Space2Cre8.com. From our experiences at each of our sites we asked:
How might we imagine the possibilities of social networking sites as learning spaces in which youth not just ‘come to know,’ but make, relate and do?
Current studies in social networking sites (SNS) focus on how youth use SNS (e.g., boyd, 2008) or on questions around teen privacy online (e.g., Livingstone, 2008). There remains, however, limited data examining the impact of SNS in identity work. We are working to address this research gap by focusing one educational SNS project, Space2Cre8.com, with many complexities—including partnerships across six countries; program sites within school and out-of-school settings; and curriculum iteratively developed by teachers and adapted to address diverse cultural and technological needs of participants. We discussed youths’ creative and literate practices, and how learning across modes, media, and semiotic tools provides students with opportunities to challenge traditional performance of identities as agentive participants in a global world.
Dee Anne Anderson and I presented about our work with youth in the EXCEL Academy @ NYU, which engaged questions on this slide: