Evangeline Pianfetti is a faculty member in the University of Illinois College of Education and former Assistant Dean for Learning Technologies. Her main areas research include the ways in which ubiquitous technologies including models for online delivery affect teaching and learning. She is a Smithsonian Laureate for classroom innovation in technology and a Gold Award winner in the ThinkQuest for Tomorrow’s Teachers competition for a technology enriched curriculum she designed with teachers from Urbana Middle School in Urbana, Illinois.
S. Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and a Global Fellow for the IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. His most recent book, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon, 2009), is based on survey research, in-depth interviews, and fieldwork with teens, young twenty-somethings, teachers, parents, and technology advocates. Other books include Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement (Beacon Press 2005), and Representing: Hip-Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema (The University of Chicago Press 1998).
Elliot Soloway is a Professor in the School of Education; the College of Engineering; and the School of Information; at the University of Michigan. His research interests are in the use of technology in education and developing software that takes into consideration the unique needs of learners. He was one of the founders of HI-CE, the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education, where he works to develop technology-embedded curricula for school-based programs. He is a principal investigator of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools grant.