The Digital Youth Network (DYN) was founded in 2006 by Dr. Nichole Pinkard at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute.
DYN is a project that supports organizations, educators and researchers in learning best practices to help develop our youths’ technical, creative, and analytical skills.
Originating from the keen desire to understand and support urban youth in learning digital media for their educational development, DYN grew as a resource to help youth understand how to use digital media for all aspects of their lives. As technology rapidly evolves, supporting our underprivileged youth in school and out of the classroom has become a critical and timely issue to address. Currently underprivileged students live under the following statistics:
- 47% of low-income households have broadband access at home.
- 37% of teachers of low-income students use tablet computers.
- 35% of teachers of lower-income students say their students use cell phones as a learning device in class.
SCE’s grant to the Digital Youth Network supported Dr. Nichole Pinkard’s ongoing efforts to support organizations, educators and researchers in learning best practices to help develop our youths’ technical, creative, and analytical skills.