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Digital Media: New Learners Of The 21st Century

Airs Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional photo of a girl holding a cell phone at a camp for middle school students offered by the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. Kids use mobile devices, augmented reality scenarios, and digital scavenger hunts to explore the content of various museums on the Mall.

Video game storytelling at Quest2Learn: a Manhattan public school building its curriculum on game design and play as a way to examine the systems that underlie academic subjects and human interactions.
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Above: Video game storytelling at Quest2Learn: a Manhattan public school building its curriculum on game design and play as a way to examine the systems that underlie academic subjects and human interactions.

"If we teach today's students as we did yesterday's, we are robbing them of tomorrow." — John Dewey

Targeted at parents, teachers and anyone concerned with education in America, this documentary takes viewers to the front lines of an education revolution. "Digital Media: New Learners Of The 21st Century" examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can empower young people to direct their own learning.

Documenting five success stories both inside and out of the classroom, the program demonstrates how digital media, games, smart phones and the Internet are fundamentally transforming the way young people communicate, collaborate, participate and learn in the 21st century.

Featuring leading experts, thinkers and practitioners in the field, "Digital Media" is a startling preview of a 21st century education. This program originally aired in 2011.

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Above: From classroom to library to museum to mall, students are claiming digital media as a means of connecting, communicating, creating, and learning. "Digital Media: New Learners Of The 21st Century" explores this burgeoning phenomenon, interpreting its importance and providing a window into 21st-century education.