With the digital media landscape evolving and changing at record speed, the fluent use of new media has become an essential prerequisite for civic engagement and participation in the 21st century for today’s youth. The new media landscape affords youth opportunities to engage in new media by socializing, sharing, producing, critiquing, experimenting, playing, and interacting, just to name a few.
In an effort to support the ever-changing landscape and develop youth’s skill set needed to participate, the Digital Youth Network (DYN) provide youth with 24/7 learning environments, which includ
professional development for digital media mentors
What are you designing, creating, or researching?
A digital mentor curriculum and a set of PD videos to support the curriculum.
DYN struggles to understand how to better select quality mentors at the hiring phase and how to support mentors with diverse backgrounds once part of the team.
How to provide differentiated PD for mentors across categories: pedagogy, digital media mechanics, portfolio, and cultural capital? How to understand the effectiveness of a mentor in order to provide targeted just-in-time PD.
Documenting PD sessions, creating mentor observation rubric, and using shared student work rubrics to analyze.
What have you done to get ready (planning, research, visioning, etc.)?
Examining impact on PD on mentors through analysis of both their instructional practices, interactions with students via social network, and quality of student projects.
Importance of differentiated approach to training digital mentors given the variety of entry points into work. Need for more structured pipeline for digital mentors inorder to the full cycle of human capital needs to ensure quality mentors are working with students.