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February 11, 2014 1:15 PM The Secrets of Networked Teens: An Interview With Author danah boyd

By Anya Kamenetz

A. Adults underestimate the value of hanging out. And yet, hanging out is where youth develop a sense of the world and their place in it. It’s where they learn to negotiate peer dynamics and social status. So much learning takes place when teens hang out but because it is not formal education, adults don’t recognize it as such. Teens want to hang out because it’s fun but I think adults need to recognize that hanging out is educational too.

[Cross-posted at The Hechinger Report]

Anya Kamenetz writes the Digital/Edu blog for The Hechinger Report. She is a contributing writer at Fast Company and the author of several books and book chapters about the future of education, including DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (2010).

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