iSchool faculty and Ph.D. students at the Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank

The Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank in 2014 brought together leaders on digital youth from research, practice, policy, and industry. Learn more.

Katie Davis lecture

Katie Davis presented “Today's digital youth: Growing up in a hyper-connected, multi-tasking, media-rich world,” at the 2013 UW Upward Bound summer program orientation. 

Karen Fisher - Teen Design Days

Karen Fisher organized “Teen Design Days” to support immigrant minority youth by providing targeted information and digital literacy training.

Michael Lee camp

Michael Lee held a week-long camp for high-school girls titled, “Computers Demystified: Your chance to learn everything you wanted to know about computers but were afraid to ask!”

What We Do

Faculty and students in the Digital Youth Lab explore the transformative potential of new and future technologies in the lives of young people. We seek to understand the role of technology in youth development, identity, and behavior. Our work encompasses topics such as youth learning to code, producing digital art, co-designing new technologies, and connecting formal and informal learning contexts. Our diverse research areas address the role of digital media and information technologies in relation to access and equity for youth and their communities. 

News & Events

Minecraft as an educational tool? KUOW interviews Katie Davis

iSchool Assistant Professor Katie Davis wants to know if Minecraft really does have the education value that some claim. She says there's a lot of talk about how the game can help kids learn specific skills, like coding, physics, math, creativity and collaboration, but very little data to back it up. Read more.

Jason Yip: Partnering with kids to design learning technology

The iSchool's Jason Yip is studying how mobile social media, large interactive tangible displays, and streaming media can support how families and children in neighborhoods engage in science together. Read more.

Assistant professor is passionate about addressing social inequities

"By asking questions about who uses technology, and who makes and designs technology, we as people and communities can contribute to creating more equitable social conditions,” iSchool Assistant Professer Negin Dahya says. Read more.

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Beverly Cleary Professorship

Renowned author and librarian Beverly Cleary graduated from the iSchool in 1939 and the Beverly Cleary Professorship in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School was endowed to honor her work and commitment to youth librarianship. (The iSchool is currently seeking candidates for this professorship.) In 2008, Cleary was selected to receive the University of Washington Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award, the highest honor the University of Washington can bestow on a graduate. Learn more about Beverly Cleary.