"This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and
implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.”
It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded,
interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or
political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young
person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support
of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning
and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic
This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive,
and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social
support to overcome adversity and provide recognition.
This report investigates how we can use new media to foster the
growth and sustenance of environments that support connected learning in
a broad-based and equitable way. This report also offers a design and
reform agenda, grounded in a rich understanding of child development and
learning, to promote and test connected learning theories."
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