TiE2017 Keynote Speaker

TiE2017 Keynote Speaker

Jacqueline Vickery

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In this year's TiE2017 Keynote Address, media and youth scholar Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery explains why, when it comes to youth and digital media, we're often worried about the wrong things. Rather than trying to help young people avoid the risks, what students really need are adults who will help them safely navigate the web in healthy, positive, and empowering ways. Digital media open up new opportunities for young people to participate in the creation of their own learning ecologies and media cultures. But they need help managing distractions, deciphering information, and participating in public spaces. Dr. Vickery turns popular risk discourse on its head by arguing that new media can be powerful tools for helping young people become civically engaged citizens who safely and critically consume and produce information, who benefit from networks of peers and adults, and who are capable of managing healthy boundaries. But in order to do so, schools and teachers must play an active role in shaping learning ecologies and leveraging digital media in ways that create more equitable pathways of opportunity.

Thumbnail of book coverJacqueline Vickery (Ph. D. University of Texas at Austin) is an Assistant Professor of media at the University of North Texas in Denton. For more than a decade she has conducted qualitative research on young people’s digital media practices, platforms, and policies. Drawing from multiple disciplinary approaches and methodologies - including ethnography, discourse analysis, and feminist media theory - Dr. Vickery focuses on the different ways digital media intersect with young people’s identity, privacy, informal learning, equity, and literacy. Her forthcoming book, Worried about the Wrong Things: Youth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World (The MIT Press, 2017), argues that media panics about online dangers overlook another urgent concern: creating equitable online opportunities for marginalized youth.

Since 2011, Dr. Vickery has been an Associated Researcher for the The Digital Edge, an ethnographic research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation's Connected Learning Research Network. The interdisciplinary project explores how students, teachers, and families are engaging digital media in the face of significant social, financial, educational, and familial challenges. The project seeks to understand the many different nodes -- peer, familial, online, extra-curricular -- that shape young people's learning ecologies.

Dr. Vickery teaches courses on youth media, digital and social media, media literacy, and social activism. She is the founder and co-facilitator of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for teens in foster care that utilizes media literacy as a tool for personal and collective storytelling.

She is currently working on her second book, a co-edited anthology titled Mediating Misogyny: Technology, Gender, and Harassment. Her most current research project focuses on the media representations and digital media practices of teens in foster care.  

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