Lessons to Help Youth Thrive Through Informal Learning with Technology
Digital cultures and technology are changing the world, and community-based, youth-serving organizations can play a critical role. To help prepare for this role, Reclaiming Digital Futures, an initiative of Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) and University of California, Irvine, has developed a toolkit that shares effective practices for equitable, youth-oriented digital learning. Developed through a collaborative process between researchers and practitioners, the toolkit is a curated cross-section of resources that relay knowledge and best practices in achieving real success in youth-centered digital learning. The toolkit offers a range of approaches in five strategic areas—pedagogy, skills, technology, community, and capacity—where youth-serving organizations need to focus decision-making to achieve meaningful and impactful success in digital learning. For each strategic area, the toolkit presents guiding perspectives along with “how-to” explanations and case examples of organizational approaches educators can draw on. Integrated into these suggestions are supports for fostering social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.
In July, Big Deal Media hosted its inaugural well-being and leadership summit Power Trip™ for women district leaders. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning, outlined five major themes for more effective leadership and personal growth in her keynote, “A Vision for You.”
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.