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If you weren’t able to attend this year’s DML conference in Los Angeles, you can watch Nichole Pinkard’s plenary session, “An Ecological View of Equity,” online! This is a great opportunity to learn some of the history of the Digital Youth Network along with details of our current projects. A powerful tribute to Brother Mike Hawkins follows the talk. You can view the entire video archive from the conference here.


We’ve been developing guides to help educators build self-paced learning experiences for youth. We’d like to share our Challenge Template as a free download. If you’re using an online system to design learning activities, or simply looking for a new approach to developing curriculum, check this out! If you’re attending ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, please stop by Jim Sandherr’s table (#20) in the PCC Broad Street Atrium between 8:00 and 10:00 today to hear more about it.

Download here as a PDF!

Looking for an incredible opportunity for your 11-13 year old girls this summer? We’re currently recruiting for the 2015 Digital Divas summer camp. Register here!

The camp will take place at DePaul University’s Loop Campus.

Session 1: E-Fashion
July 6-17

Session 2: E-Design
July 20-31

$40 per session (includes daily lunch, supplies, and field trips)
Please contact Asia Roberson at with any questions.


See some of the action from last year on our Tumblr.


The Digital Youth Network team will take part in four sessions at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association here in Chicago. We are very proud to participate in discussions focusing on this year’s theme, Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis.

Friday April 17, 12:25-1:55 (Sheraton, Fourth Level, Chicago VI & VII) SIG-Learning Sciences Poster Session: Using a Networked Community to Support Equitable Access to Computational Learning: The Digital Divas (Caitlin K. Martin, Denise Nacu, Nichole Pinkard, Ugochi Acholonu).

Saturday April 18, 2:45-4:15pm (Hyatt, West Tower – Green Level, Crystal B) The Digital Exchange Society: The Stories We Tell (Nichole Pinkard, Janeen Lee) Connecting the Threads and Spreading the Innovation: An Invitation to Allied Researchers and Practitioners (Carol Lee, Nichole Pinkard, et al.) In symposium organized by Carol Lee: High School Students as Social Justice Researchers, Connecting Praxis and Theory: A New Generation Emerging.

Saturday April 18, 2:45-4:15pm (Sheraton, Ballroom Level, Sheraton V) Youth Voice in Mentoring (Tené Gray) Designing a Pathway to Support Teen Engagement in Writing (Sybil Madison-Boyd, Jennifer Steele) In HIVE interactive poster session chaired by Kylie Peppler and Chris Hoadley: New Tools, New Voices: Innovations in Understanding and Analyzing Life-Wide Ecologies for Youth Interest-Driven Learning.

Monday April 20, 12:25-1:55 (Sheraton, fourth Level.) Online mobile learning tools, strategies, and mentorship poster session Mentorship in blended spaces: What is the value of f2f mentorship for participation and learning? (Ugochi Acholonu, Caitlin K. Martin, Denise Nacu, Nichole Pinkard).


Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) Month of Code Challenge to all Cities of Learning today to encourage young people to explore the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields. Through CCOL, youth have the opportunity to earn digital badges by building video games, interactive stories, and mobile apps between July 9 and August 8, 2014.   More Information Here

As part of the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL), Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked off the Summer of Learning and Earning 2014 today, calling together the entire city to connect young people ages 4 to 24 to the fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences that Chicago offers. This summer, more than 215,000 learning opportunities and jobs are available to Chicago’s young people through One Summer Chicago, Rahm’s Readers, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, and more than 120 organizations, including colleges and universities, community- and faith-based organizations, cultural institutions, and museums in neighborhoods throughout the city as well as on-line.  More Information Here

As the final bell rings at schools across the country this month, six major metro areas are kicking off new initiatives to provide out-of-school learning opportunities to youth from all backgrounds throughout the summer months and beyond.  More Information Here

The First Time Ever Introducing An Early Literacy Component For Ages 0-5 Years And Including A Teen-Specific Reading Program For Ages 14-18 Comes on the Heels of Mayor Emanuel and Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon’s Friendly Wager of 2.4 Million Books to Be Read This Summers.  More Information Here

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Chicago’s youth will now have access to an additional 10,000 academic and job training opportunities through partnerships across the City as part of 2014’s Summer of Learning and Earning, a citywide initiative to keep Chicago youth ages 4 to 24 active and engaged this summer. < More information here >

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Library Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Humboldt Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library to announce on Thursday, February 20, 2014 a more than $2,000,000 expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s nationally recognized YOUmedia program, which provides teens across the city with digital learning experiences. < More information here >



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