Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. She is Professor in Residence and MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at UC Irvine. Her work on educational software appears in Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software. She also serves as Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and as Chair of the Connected Learning Research Network. In Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design Ito and her colleagues in the Connected Learning Research Network map out how education can embrace today’s technology to make meaningful learning available to all young people. She is also co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provide online creative learning opportunities for kids in all walks of life.
Professor in Residence