Today wrapped up a month of website design with Wordpress.  Students spent the past month learning about design, content, and functionality of  Now they each have a fully-functional blog with interactive widgets featuring a wide array of subjects.


Amanda McDonald Crowley, executive director of Eyebeam, New York City's non-profit art and technology center, will explore some of the work artists are doing on food and sustainability issues in a talk on Thursday, April 1, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Projects: Electrosmog
Tags: education, safari7, Electrosmog, UWAC, eyebeam

Eyebeam & the Institute of Play collaborated to produce some amazing workshops at Q2L... and here are the links to the event videos!  Superhero Costume Design Using Crazy-Cool Paper Folding Techniques, led by Diana Eng, taught students the mechanical engineering behind deployable structures.


While our preparations seemed endless for U.W.A.C. day, it came and went all in an instant. Not only did we successfully reach our goals of reiterating nature into an urban environment, but we were able to peek the interests of viewers of all ages. From infants to the elderly, even a few dogs joined in on the fun with their owners. More importantly we were able to get our point across and people were able to appreciate the project and in many cases join in on our cause. Our original design of news and tissue paper flowers acted as the perfect decorative shell for the plant pods we placed in the center. The wires wrapped around the center of the flowers acted as stems; allowing us to place them on scaffolding, gates, fences, etc. Everyone left our workshop with either their very own paper flower planter or a sense of accomplishment by donating their paper flower planters to us. A few hours into the event we ventured to 10th Avenue between 24th and 25th street.


It was another great afternoon as a group continued developing their blogs and websites.  Blogs from sports to crafty creative projects to documenting an-animation-in-process are coming together and looking fantastic. The drop-in program runs every Thursday from 3-6PM, so be sure to drop by!


NYC public school students between the ages of 13–18 are invited to spend their Thursday afternoons, from 3–6PM, at Eyebeam. Each month will feature a series of free hands-on workshops, starting at 4PM, where students will have the opportunity to work with different open-source software programs as used by artists and technologists.

Thursdays in March: Make your own Wordpress website with Eyebeam Intern, Georg Pedersen. Graphic artist and designer Georg Pedersen will introduce the versatile and free blogging platform, Wordpress to students. Students will learn what makes a good website in terms of content, visual layout, and functionality, and then get to create their own webiste over the course of the month.


Thursday wrapped up a month of NES graphic and music hacking here at
Eyebeam. Students immersed themselves into the music program
FamiTracker (seen here), allowing them to create NES music tracks.
With graphic hacking and music creation, I think we'll have a handful
of new video game creators out there.

Remember, Eyebeam's drop-in program runs EVERY Thursday from 3-6 and
the workshops begin at 4PM. This March, Georg Pedersen will introduce
students to web design using Wordpress -- don't miss it!


Book Details
Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication Date: 
November 2009
Media Theory
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Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youth's social and recreational use of digital media. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out fills this gap, reporting on an ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. By focusing on media practices in the everyday contexts of family and peer interaction, the book views the relationship of youth and new media not simply in terms of technology trends but situated within the broader structural conditions of childhood and the negotiations with adults that frame the experience of youth in the United States.

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