Erin Reilly Interview: Helping Young People in the New Participatory Culture

Erin B. Reilly is Research Director for Project New Media Literacies (NML), a research initiative based within MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, explores how we might best equip young people with the social skills and cultural competencies required to become full participants in an emergent media landscape and raise public understanding about what it means to be literate in a globally interconnected, multicultural world.

Erin is a recognized expert in the design and development of thought-provoking and engaging educational content powered by virtual learning and new media applications. Before joining MIT, Erin co-founded and acted as CEO of Platform Shoes Forum (PSF), a non-profit organization that researches and develops digital learning platforms for youth. She is co-creator of PSF's model program Zoey's Room, a national online community for 10-14 year-old girls, encouraging their creativity through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Zoey's Room has proven results in advancing STEM and Media Literacy skills. In 2007, Erin received a national educational Leaders in Learning Award from Cable in the Classroom for her innovative approach to learning through Zoey's Room and was selected as one of the National School Boards Association's "20 to Watch" educators. Erin is a graduate of Emerson College and has her Master of Fine Arts degree from Rockport College, a subsidiary of the International Film and Television Workshops.

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)

Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early.

To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Video, audio, and chat recordings will be posted here after the show.

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Recordings (video and audio) of this session will be available soon after completion. The links will be placed here.

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Can't attend...but looking forward to checking it out.
Announcing our Spring conference:
Learning in a Participatory Culture

At NML's May 2nd conference, we will share our new web-based learning environment, the Learning Library, and host a series of conversations and workshops about the integration and implementation of the new media literacies across disciplines. Workshops include "The Complexities of Copyright: Shepard Fairey v. the AP," "Mapping in Participatory Culture: Boundaries," "Using Wikipedia in the Classroom" and many others. Henry Jenkins' closing remarks will address the future of NML and participatory democracy.

Panelists at this conference will include members of the NML team, educators who have been working with NML materials in the field, and educational researchers. The conference is designed to engage anyone with an interest in the future of education, especially high school teachers and after school coordinators. The format itself will be participatory - we hope that attendees will join the conversation, and leave the conference equipped with new ideas and strategies.

Learning in a Participatory Culture will take place at MIT, Cambridge MA, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Registration for this one-day conference is $35.00, breakfast and lunch included.

Registration is now open. Please complete the Online Registration to pay. To choose your workshops, please download the Workshop Sign-up Form (PDF | Word) and submit to
Sorry--I've been traveling! Am going to try to post the recordings in the next half hour!
Hi Steve,

Looking forward to it! Erin's projects and studies are exemplary; it's good to get the word out.

Thank you so much for doing the Elluminate sessions. You're making a big contribution to educators' professional development. We're all deeply indebted to you!


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