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Book Review

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media

Mizuko Ito, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Dan Perkel, and Christo Sims
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. Contents, appendix, bibliography, index. 432 pp. $35.00. ISBN: 978026201336-9

by Barry Joseph

First Paragraph:

Recently, I received an invitation to participate in a small group consultation for an arts-oriented foundation. The program officer wanted to hear how digital media creates new opportunities to support interest-driven learning amongst today’s youth. It was a diverse group: museum educators, academic researchers, youth media educators, and even a magazine publisher. At the start of the day, someone asked if we could clarify our terms. What did we mean, exactly, when we used the phrase “interest-driven” learning? In response, the facilitator asked, to establish a common frame, who had read Mimi Ito’s book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.