AAG Presentation: iLearn

I’ll be presenting “iLearn: Space, Time and Social (Re)Production in Young People’s Informational Environments” tomorrow at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle. If you’re attending the AAG, stop on by!

Session:
Beyond School: Geographies of Informal and Alternative Learning Practices II

Location:
Grand Ballroom C – Sheraton Hotel, Second Floor

Date/Time:
Tuesday, 4/12/2011, from 2:40 PM – 4:20 PM

Presentation Title/Abstract:
iLearn: Space, Time and Social (Re)Production in Young People’s Informational Environments

This presentation will draw on MyDigitalFootprint.org, a participatory action research project with New York City youth ages 14-19, to unpack the reciprocity between informational development and contemporary geographies of education. The near ubiquitous presence of cyberspace in young people’s everyday life has both compressed and expanded the space of the ‘traditional’ school and the time in which ‘formal’ learning occurs. Amidst the current transition from industrial to informational capitalism within the U.S., this space-time compression and expansion provides both opportunities for youth empowerment as well as domination. How contemporary spatialities, materialities, and practices of informationalism become produced and reproduced in young people’s everyday learning will be discussed as will the role of securitization in formalizing the boundaries, relationships, and flows that operate between ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ spaces of education. This presentation will conclude with a discussion of the participatory action research methods developed to investigate such (re)production as well as strategies for reworking educational boundaries, relationships, and flows towards young people’s situated interests and concerns.

One thought on “AAG Presentation: iLearn

  1. Donovan,

    It sounds like a fascinating topic to discuss.

    I often wonder how archaic and limited my formal education will seem to my children. The Internet would seem to provide a bottomless source for young (and old) minds to tap in and learn from. And provide the greatest of convenience — anytime and anywhere.

    But unlike the physical classroom, one is constantly being tempted or bombarded with distractions. The most powerful tool we have (computers) are also the greatest toy and time waster ever invented!

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