Mizuko Ito

Mizuko Ito

Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning
University of California, Irvine

Background

Mizuko Ito is a Cultural Anthropologist of Technology Use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She is a Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California Irvine, with appointments in the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Informatics, and the School of Education. She chairs the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network and is the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media, describes new opportunities for interest-driven learning fueled by games, social media, and digital tools. In Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design, Mizuko and her colleagues in the Connected Learning Research Network map out how education can embrace today’s technology to make meaningful learning available to all young people. She is Co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provides online creative learning in Minecraft for kids in all walks of life.