MimiItoPhotoAt one point in my teaching career the phrase “connected learning” meant asking students to work in groups. In fact I remember being told by my teacher training school that is was the new thing and I better be sure to talk about how I love it during job interviews.

The creation of the magical Internet, quickly redefined what connected learning really is and my guest today focuses her research on that very topic.

Dr. Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist, studying youth and new media practices in the US and Japan. We discuss what connected learning looks like for young people today and how it can impact learning.  She is a featured keynote speaker at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong.


Mizuko (Mimi) Ito is a cultural anthropologist, studying youth new media practices in the US and Japan. She oversees research activities of the Digital Media and Learning Hub and is developing a research area focused on interest-driven learning. She is a Professor in Residence at the UC Humanities Research Institute, and has appointments at the Department of Informatics and the Department of Anthropology, and is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at UC Irvine.

Connect With Mimi

  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/mizuko
  • Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizuko_Ito
  • Websites: http://dmlcentral.net/ and http://www.itofisher.com/mito/