Kids DIY Media


During 2019 we will be completing our data analysis and synthesis, after which our findings and conclusions will be shared in a number of formats. These will include a best practices document (aimed at industry, producers, and developers) and a set of policy recommendations (aimed at policymakers, child advocacy groups, industry, and teachers). Wherever possible, publications and deliverables will be made freely available to the public, for use in the future development of policies, tools and forums aimed at supporting children’s online/connected content creation.


Preliminary findings from the project have already been published and presented in a range of venues, including:



Academic Articles & Chapters: 
[*signifies student, †signifies postdoctoral fellow]
Grimes, S.M. & Merriman, V.* (Under review). “Technically, they’re your creations...but”: Children making, playing and negotiating UGC games.” [Invited chapter] In Green, L., Holloway, D., Haddon, L., Stevenson, K. and Leave, T. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children, London, UK: Routledge.
Fields, D. A. & Grimes, S. M. (In press). Shaping constructionist learning online: Designed contexts for making and sharing children’s DIY media. In N. Holbert, M. Berland, & Y. B. Kafai (Eds.), Constructionism in Context. The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.
Fields, D. A. & Grimes. S. M. (2018). Pockets of freedom, but mostly constraints: Emerging trends in children’s DIY media platforms. In Children, Media and Creativity: The International Clearinghouse on Children, Sweden: Nordicom, 159-172.
Grimes. S. M & Fields, D. A. (2015). Children’s media making, but not sharing:The potential and limitations of child-specific DIY media websites for a more inclusive media landscape. Media International Australia,154, 112-122.

Academic Conference Presentations:
Berland, M., Fields, D. A., Grimes, S. M., Holbert, N., Kafai, Y. B., Millner, A., Roque, R. (2018, August). Constructionism in context: Connected learning across technologies and spaces. Panel presentation at the Connected Learning Summit, Cambridge, MA.
Holbert, N., Fields, D. A., Grimes, S. M., Kafai, Y. B., Hoyles, C. & Noss, R. (2018, August). Constructionism at scale. Panel presentation at Constructionism Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Grimes, S. M. & Fields, D. A. (2017, October). Kids’ DIY media in the digital age: The opportunities and challenges that online DIY media platforms present for children’s cultural rights and learning. Presented at the Conceptualizing Childhood and Youth Conference, St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada.
Nguyen, T.*, Merriman, V.*, & Grimes, S.M. (2017). “I made it because I like it”: Children describe the games they make and how they make them. Presented at the Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA) Annual Conference, Ryerson University, Jun. 1-3, Toronto, ON [Abstract refereed] [Role: co-author]
Kempton, A.* & Grimes, S.M. (2017). Constructing children’s agency in the age of digital DIY. Presented at the Children's Media and Literature in a Mediatized World Conference, Aarhus University, May 30-Jun. 1, Aarhus, Denmark. [Role: co-author]
Merriman, V.* & Grimes, S.M. (2017). “What are you building?”: Children’s thoughts on digital game making and user-generated content. Presented at the Children's Media and Literature in a Mediatized World Conference, Aarhus University, May 30-Jun. 1, Aarhus, Denmark. [Abstract refereed] [Role: co-author]
Grimes, S.M. (2016). Connected Creations and Wi-Fi Enabled Imaginations: The emerging challenges and opportunities of digital play technologies for young children. Keynote address for the COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology, DigiLitEY Working Group Project Meeting 4, Nov. 7-8, Prague, Czech Republic.
Fields, D.A., Grimes, S.M., Lammers, J.C. & Magnifico, A. (2016). Designing for DIY: Talking through Tensions, Lessons, and Questions to Guide Innovative Learning Environments [Workshop]. Presented at the 12th Annual Games+Learning+Society Conference, University of Wisconsin, Aug. 16-19, Madison, WI.
Litts, B., Kafai, Y. B., Fields, D. A., Halverson, E. R., Peppler, K., Keune, A. Tissenbaum, M., Grimes, S. M., Change, S., Regalla, L., Telhan, O., & Tan, M.. (2016). Connected making: Designing for youth learning in online maker communities in and out of schools. In Looi, C.-K., Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). (2016). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016 Volume 2. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences, pp. 1041-1047. ISBN: 978-0-09903550-8-3
Fields, D. A., & Grimes, S. M. (2015, June). Making but not sharing: The Potential and Limits of DIY Websites for Children. Presentation at the annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
Kafai, Y.B., Fields, D.A., Giang, M.T., Grimes, S.M., Lachney, M., Searle, K.A., & Vossoughi, S. (discussant) (2015). Blind spots in maker communities: Examining and addressing diversity and equity in what’s available for making, who is making, and what is being made in youth DIY media. Panel presentation at the annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, June 11-13, Los Angeles, CA.
Harvey, A. & Grimes, S.M. (2014). Engendering creativity, engendering labour: Girls & DIY media. Presented at Internet Research 15.0: Boundaries and Intersections, Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Beam Saint Western Hotel, Oct. 21-24, Daegu, Korea. [Extended abstract refereed] [Role: co-author]
Grimes, S.M. (2014). Children’s DIY Media and storytelling in online spaces. Invited speaker at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellows’ Strategic Institute, University of Toronto, July 14, Toronto, ON.
Grimes, S.M. (2013). So many ways to play: Branded worlds, toy tie-ins, and the rise of transmedia in children’s digital games. Keynote address for the Culture stream of the joint 12th International Conference on Entertainment Computing/SBGames Conference, Mackenzie Università, Oct. 16-18, São Paulo, Brazil.



Workshops:
April 2014 (Toronto & virtual):
  • Project partners: Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (TIFF), MediaSmarts, Gamercamp Jr., Storybird Inc., foundry10, Untold Entertainment Inc., and Sago Sago Toys Inc. (formerly zinc Roe), Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, Utah State University, and the kidsmediacenter at Centennial College.
  • Additional invited participants: MakerKids, PlayCollective, GamingEdus, Mozilla Foundation, TVO Kids, PBS Kids Interactive, and individual scholars from York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of New Hampshire, Rutgers University, and University of Toronto.


March 2016 (Toronto):
  • Project partners: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, Toronto International Film Festival Inc., foundry10, MediaSmarts, kidsmediacentre at Centennial College, Simon Fraser University, Utah State University, and the University of Toronto.
  • Additional invited participants: CBC Kids, TVO Kids, and Log Cabin Productions.

April 2016 (virtual):


  • Project partners: Simon Fraser University, Utah State University, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.



Public Outreach:
Fields, D.A., & Grimes, S.M. (2014). Creative play online. Co-created with D. Fields, exhibit/activity center included in this year’s Mini-Hacker Space area of the TIFF Kids DigiPlayspace, Mar.8-Apr.21, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON. http://tiff.net/kids-family/digiplayspace/events/creative-play-online
Grimes, S. M., & Fields, D. A. (2014, April). Kids DIY Media Workshop. Invited workshop presented at the annual Toronto International Film Festival for Kids Industry Conference. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Grimes, S. M., Fields, D. A., Krogh, J., Alspach, B. & Kleeman, D. (2014, April). Kids DIY Media. Invited keynote panel presentation at the annual Toronto International Film Festival for Kids Industry Conference. Toronto, ON, Canada.
Grimes, S.M. (2014). Children’s DIY media and storytelling in online spaces. Invited speaker at the Carleton Creative Writing Camps Instructor Training Day, Carleton University (MacOdrum Library), June 23, Ottawa, ON.
Grimes, S.M. (2014). Children’s DIY Media and storytelling in online spaces. Invited speaker at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellows’ Strategic Institute, University of Toronto, July 14, Toronto, ON.
Grimes, S.M (2014). Inclusive play: Supporting a broader diversity of players, games and game makers. Invited keynote speaker at the inaugural Stage Select Gaming Expo, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, June 28, Toronto, ON.
Grimes, S.M (2014). Children’s DIY media and storytelling in online spaces. Invited speaker at the OCLC Board of Trustees Meeting, University of Toronto (Robarts Library), June 7, Toronto, ON.
Fields, D.A. & Grimes, S.M. (2014). Kids’ DIY media: Best practices for creating online sharing environments for children.  Invited workshop, TIFF Kids Festival Industry Conference, Apr. 14-17, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON.
Fields, D.A., & Grimes, S.M. (2014). Kids’ DIY media project: Opportunities and challenges of supporting kids’ making and sharing media online. Invited panelists, TIFF Kids Festival Industry Conference, Apr. 14-17, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON.
Grimes, S.M. (2014). Understanding girls’ experiences on social media. Invited panelist at the eGirls, eCitizens: Girls' Experiences of Gender, Privacy and Equality Online Conference, Mar. 28, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. [Shared information on girl-targeted sites online media making and sharing]
Fields, D. A. (2014, April). Designing artifacts and environments for learning. Invited guest lecture in the Design of Learning Environments, doctoral course in the School of Education, University of Delaware.
Grimes, S.M. (2014). Digital macaroni and virtual glitter: Kids’ DIY media creation online. Invited public lecture, U of T in Your Neighbourhood Speaker Series, Annette Library, Mar. 18, Toronto, ON.
Grimes, S.M. (2013). The changing nature of quality in children’s media. Invited panelist at the Children, Youth & Media Conference, Nov.13, Toronto, ON. Co-panelists: Kim Wilson, Russell Miller, Caroyln Wilson. Moderated by: David Kleeman.


Media Features:
Utah State Today – University News. http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=53872

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