Mizuko Ito

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining changing relationships to media and communications among children and youth. She is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine. She chairs the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network and is Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media describes new opportunities for interest-driven learning fueled by games, social media, and digital tools. Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design (2013) maps out how education can embrace today’s technology. Ito is co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provides online creative learning in Minecraft for kids in all walks of life.