Inequities in skills attainment, achievement gaps among ethnicities, and a disconnect between classroom learning and the everyday lives and interests of young people are troubling trends that signify the need for a new framework of learning, according to a report released by the Connected Learning Research Network. The report proposes a framework for learning called "connected learning", which seeks to address inequity in education, engender 21st century skills and literacies in all youth, and attune to the learning possibilities of a networked society. The researchers state that such a model would take advantage of the Internet and digital technology, helping to close the gap between the “no-frills” learning that too often happens in school and the interactive, hands-on learning that takes place out of school.
Digital Media & Learning
MacArthur's grantmaking aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to education and other social institutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations.