At FreshBrain, we knew we were on the right track. It is just obvious, isn't it?! The internet and social networking are the new way to interact, explore, connect and learn. We have built our whole company on this premise. And thanks to some great research completed by a team from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California, we now have data to support it!
You have to take a look at this stuff. It is amazing. Lets start out with a video!
The first thing to read is San Jose Mercury News article "Chill out, parents: Time online teaches kids important skills, study finds." This is based on the research mentioned above. The MacArthur Foundation site has a nice two page summary.
There are soooo many great quotes mixed in here. I will pull out just one of them.
By exploring new interests, tinkering, and 'messing around' with new forms of media, they acquire various forms of technical and media literacy. Through trial and error, youth add new media skills to their repertoire, such as how to create a video or game, customize their My Space page. Teens then share their creations and receive feedback from others online. By its immediacy and breadth of information, the digital world lowers barriers to self-directed learning.
Like I said in the title, LOVE THIS STUDY!