Space2cre8 is a social networking site that connects students from different parts of the world in an online environment, where they are given the opportunity to share digital artefacts and develop new knowledge about others worlds.
About the project
Space2cre8 connects 12 to 18 years old students in India, Norway, South Africa, and the US. In this project, students from these locations are taking part in conversations about their cultures, schools, lives, and create digital artifacts both individually and collectively. Even though S28 is a closed social network, exclusive for youth affiliated with the specific schools and after-school programs taking part in the project, it is designed as having many of the same functions and appearances as other commercial social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace. Each participant creates a personal profile from where she/he can link up to other youths in the network.
To scrutinize the following research questions:
- How might a social networking site like S28 work as a site for negotiation on cultural identity among young people?
- In what ways can social networking sites facilitate learning for students in the classroom?
A class of 29 8. grade students (13-14 years old) have been participating at the Norwegian site of the project. The school is located in a suburban area of the Eastern part of the capital of Norway,where we have followed this class during an academic year. To explore how these students are using this network, we draw on a sociocultural perspectives on learning, identity and agency. This study is inspired by ethnographic methodology, and video research in educational settings. Space2cre8 is an international project, that is led by Glynda Hull at the Berkeley University, US.
- Glynda Hull, UC Berkeley
- Mark Nelson, National Institute of Education, Singapore
- Amy Stornaiuolo, UC Berkeley
- Stacy Marple, UC Berkeley
- Knut Lundby, IMK, UiO