Note from the editor
On behalf of the Connected Learning Summit Conference Committee, we are pleased to announce the publication of the Proceedings of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit.
It is our honor to share with you a proceedings that celebrates participatory, playful, and transformative learning. In 2018, the inaugural Connected Learning Summit gathered together the Digital Media and Learning Conference, the Games+Learning+Society Conference, and the Sandbox Summit to commence a new chapter of inspired inquiry and shared commitment to more equitable learning futures. In 2019, nearly 450 educators, scholars, designers, and leaders gathered at the University of California, Irvine—home of the Connected Learning Lab—for the second annual Connected Learning Summit. As evident throughout the pages of this proceedings, this community is successfully identifying and traversing new pathways for connected and creative learning that made a difference in the lives of youth, families, educators, and many others across diverse learning environments.
There were many highlights of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit, not all of which are captured in this proceedings. Notably, the summit began with a fireside chat hosted by Henry Jenkins, featuring youth activists Jessica Riestra and Justin Scott, who are leading social movements in their communities and had much to teach all attendees about tenacity, courage, and wisdom. We are also grateful for keynote presentations by sociologist and author Eve Ewing, as well as by game designer and researcher Tracy Fullerton; thank you for sharing with us your passions, incisive perspectives, and recommendations for educational change.
To publish a proceedings that features 175 sessions presented at the 2019 Connected Learning Summit requires a dedicated and skilled team. We would like to thank, first and foremost, everyone who joined us at UC Irvine and whose work is featured in these pages. The Connected Learning Summit Conference Committee—including Amon Millner, Constance Steinkuehler, Deborah Fields, Drew Davidson, Edgar Quintanilla, Emily Martin, Eric Klopfer, Fay Cobb Payton, Ira Fay, Justin Reich, Kim Jaxon, Mizuko Ito, Ricarose Roque, Sangita Shresthova, Scot Osterweil, Sam Dyson, and Kylie Peppler—has steadfastly supported the team that has produced these proceedings. And invaluable assistance was provided by Claudia Caro Sullivan and Jamieson Pond, from the Connected Learning Lab, as well as from Karen Bleske. Brad King at Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press helped shepherd the proceedings toward publication.
If you find yourself inspired by these proceedings, please consider joining us at the 2020 Connected Learning Summit to be held July 29–31 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On behalf of the proceedings team,
Remi Kalir and Danielle Filipiak
Co-Editors, Proceedings of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit