This research focused on uncovering how tweens and teens use the Internet for their homework needs. Researchers discovered that students frequently start with Google and Wikipedia when performing research, rely on teacher-created web-based content, and look to their friends and online social networks for help in completing homework. Students in the focus groups also noted that the adults in their lives weren’t well aware of how young people use technology, and as a result couldn’t provide adequate support in that use.
The information collected led New York City libraries to apply for an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) grant in order to obtain monies for creating apps for students that they could integrate into their online spaces – MySpace, Facebook, iGoogle, and so on – and a resource for parents, librarians, and teachers that provides information on how to integrate current technologies into teaching and learning.
This web site and the apps available on it – and in various web 2.0 spaces – are available as a result of the proposal being funded.
For more information on the project contact Shauntee Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org.