PD for the QA SS on February 18 and 19 will focus on making the shift into online learning modes using mobile computing and Web 2.0. Kim Cofino will drive this shift along with QA curriculum leaders and educational technology leaders. A combination of plenary and breakout sessions will provide all SS teachers a chance to hear about and develop skills in 21st century learning modes.
This paper looks at the prevalence of creative activity and sharing in an age when the barriers to disseminating material have been considerably lowered compared to earlier times. We use unique data to explore the extent to which young adults create video, music, writing and artistic photography, as well as the prevalence of sharing such material online. Findings suggest that despite new opportunities to engage in such distribution of content, relatively few people are taking advantage of these recent developments. Moreover, neither creation nor sharing is randomly distributed among a diverse group of young adults. Consistent with existing literature, creative activity is related to a person?s socioeconomic status as measured by parental schooling. The novel act of sharing online, however, is considerably different with men much more likely to engage in it. However, once we control for Internet user skill, men and women are equally likely to post their materials on the Web.