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.

Karen Fisher - Teen Design Days

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

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. 

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. 

Digital Youth White Paper

In 2016, members of the Digital Youth Lab published a white paper synthesizing current research on youth, digital media, and learning across disciplinary boundaries. This white paper is a direct result of the Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank (DYSTT), hosted by the Information School at the University of Washington in October 2014. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the DYSTT brought together approximately 100 leaders in academia, industry, practice, and policy to discuss the current state of research related to youth and technology.

Beverly Cleary Professorship

Michelle MartinIn fall 2016, Professor Michelle Martin joined the iSchool as the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services. This endowed Professorship was created to honor the work of renowned author and librarian Beverly Cleary, who graduated from the iSchool in 1939.