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Friday, October 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Self-Making: How Youth and Educators Construct an Evolving Sense of Identity in Online Platforms

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Many people often think of online platforms as a means of communicating, connecting, and sharing. In this panel we will explore multiple perspectives on the use of online sharing platforms (Scratch and Tumblr) by young people and by teachers as a means of reflecting on issues of development and identity. 

Claire Fontaine will discuss a case from her study of how working class young women use online sharing platforms in projects of self-making, as they document the self, reflect on the documented self, and make claims for its intrinsic value and worth, crafting counter-narratives to a postfeminist media environment. She argues that the dominant framing within educational policy and practice of digital media literacy insufficiently captures young people’s motivations for engaging in multimedia production, which are as personal and self-preservational as they are social and relational. 

Ricarose Roque and Natalie Rusk will present examples of how young people are reflecting on their own development in the Scratch online community. They will show how youth are creating different types of projects to express evolving interests, skills, goals, and friendships. These projects provide a lens for looking at how youth are constructing their development over time in a creative online community. 

Each presentation will include examples of projects and practices that express the active, but often invisible work of teaching, learning, and identity development. Based on their findings, the panelists will suggest ways of using digital media to help young people and the adults in their lives grow in self-knowledge and critical awareness as they navigate developmental and professional milestones.

Friday October 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Emerald Bay A