How Sustained Engagement in Game Design and Social Media Use Among Diverse Students Can Mitigate Effects of the Digital Divide

American Education Research Association (AERA) Convention, San Francisco, CA, April, 2013

13 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013

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Rebecca Reynolds

Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

Ming Ming Chiu

State University of New York (SUNY) - Buffalo

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Important cultural and political activity occurs in online environments, and participation requires digital skill and knowledge. This study investigates how socio-economic factors that have been indicators of digital inequality among youth in prior research, can be mitigated through sustained student engagement in game design and social media use. Findings from the Globaloria project indicate that participation wipes out parent education effects in home computer engagement, a measure of transfer of learned skills to the out-of-school context. Further, students from schools with lower parent education evidence greater extents of increase in frequency of school technology engagement. It appears that effects of traditional prior school achievement are also ameliorated by Globaloria participation among advanced technology activities. Results hold digital-divide research implications.

Keywords: digital divide, game design, educational technology, constructionism, wiki, inquiry, project-based learning

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Rebecca and Chiu, Ming Ming, How Sustained Engagement in Game Design and Social Media Use Among Diverse Students Can Mitigate Effects of the Digital Divide (2013). American Education Research Association (AERA) Convention, San Francisco, CA, April, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2333928

Rebecca Reynolds (Contact Author)

Rutgers University School of Communication & Information ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.rebeccabreynolds.com

Ming Ming Chiu

State University of New York (SUNY) - Buffalo ( email )

12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

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