HANG OUT. MESS AROUND. GEEK OUT.
It's what we do.
YOUmedia Hartford is designed physically and programmatically around HOMAGO, a learning theory that came out of Stanford University circa 2009. It stands for hang out, mess around, and geek out and is an observation of how young people interact with digital content when there's no adult telling them what to do. For this reason, we have no teachers, no assignments, and no attendance requirements.
Students are excellent at hanging out, and you probably are, too. If you're watching a movie or listening to music, if you're playing a game or scrolling through a photo feed, you're hanging out with digital content. This is the act of consuming media, which is unavoidable these days.
More often than not, a student will find something about a particular device or piece of media that she would like to change or mod. She might think she could do better or something might be working poorly, a game might have a level editor or her friend might request to be cropped out of a photo. Whatever the case, at some point most students decide they want to mess around with the media they consume.
Once a student messes around with something, odds are she's going to get hooked. She's already modded one thing, so why not try to make her own <song, video, photo, game, website, etc.>? When she starts pursuing a specific set of technical skills she is geeking out - aiming for mastery, to become a go-to for other interested youth, to contribute her own knowledge to a community, on or offline.
We help students reach Geek.