October 18th, 2011
Mozilla has taken over stewardship of Hive Learning Network NYC: a network of over 30 organizations using digital technology and web culture to fuel learning. Hive NYC links educators from libraries, museums and after schools programs around creative, digital projects with youth. Member organizations — of which there are 30 including The American Museum of Natural History, MoMA, New York Public Library, Global Kids and Urban Word NYC — collaborate on learning programs around youth-driven interests in everything from art and writing to history and web design.
The Hive Learning Network model pushes technology into the background, focusing instead on whatever kids want to learn about. The result is increased interest from youth in the short term, and a larger number of learners exposed to web literacy and digital skills over the long term.
Hive NYC will also act as a Mozilla-led “learning lab” to explore how youth can thrive in a remixable digital world. This will include continued development and testing of Mozilla digital learning tools including Hackasaurus or Popcorn with youth in New York City. We’ll also be prototyping the Hive Learning Network concept in London at the Mozilla Festival next month: Hive London Pop-Up for Young People.
Created with support from MacArthur Foundation, Hive NYC will continue to be a part of MacArthur’s broader Digital Media & Learning portfolio. Hive NYC is part of a broader Hive Learning Network, which includes Hive Chicago (not directly affiliated with Mozilla).