Affinity spaces: How young people live and learn online and out of school

The online world has given new life to older traditions of interest-driven, out-of-school learning.

By James Paul Gee

The internet can be a minefield of misinformation, misbehavior, divisiveness, and risk, but it is also the scene of an extraordinary revolution in out-of-school teaching and learning. Increasingly, young people’s most powerful learning opportunities can be found online, in experiences and environments created by people working outside the K-12 school system and featuring educational practices rarely seen in traditional schools.