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Digital Learning and Play: A Synthesis and Elaboration from a CILS Bay Area Institute Roundtable


"In August 2005, a two-part discussion among scholars, education researchers, graduate students, museum professionals, evaluation experts, and educators took place at the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) annual meeting, the Bay Area Institute. This roundtable's goal was to advance conversation among researchers and practitioners interested in examining informal learning and play in settings that are mediated by digital-based technologies (e.g., personal digital assistants, mobile phones, laptops, videogame systems). The discussion was intended to generate synergies and collaborations for concurrent investigation of ethnographic and design-based studies to better understand learning, motivation, and play in digital environments among youth and young adults. The following is a synthesis, elaboration, and summary of the discussions that took place over the two days."