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FINE Newsletter, Volume VI, Issue 2
Issue Topic: Making it Real—Connected Learning in the Digital Age

We asked three experts to reflect on their work in engaging families in a digital learning environment and to specifically address the question, How can institutions offer relevant and useful guidance to parents and families about scaffolding their children’s digital media use?   

Picture of Gregg Behr Gregg Behr: Pittsburgh gamers, robotics engineers, and designers work alongside educators in and out of school and use digital tools to inspire children’s learning.
Picture of Mimi Ito Mizuko Ito: Innovative strategies and creative digital media activities allow educational institutions to connect young people’s learning to their social lives, communities, interests, and careers.
Picture of Katie Salen Tekinbas Katie Salen Tekinbaş: New York City public school Quest to Learn develops strategies to help parents understand the learning experience of game design and the classroom at play as children use digital tools and other media.











This resource is part of the April FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family engagement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the archives of past issues, please visit

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