Katie Headrick Taylor
Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development


  • Blended learning
  • Classroom technology
  • Digital divide
  • Education technology
  • Instructional tools
  • Parent involvement
  • Personalized learning
  • Student-centered education

Katie Headrick Taylor is an assistant professor of learning sciences and human development at the University of Washington. Her research explores the increasing role of digital media — including geospatial tools, open source software, mobile devices and social media — in the lives of children, youth and adults. Headrick Taylor investigates how youth use digital media and how technology can be leveraged to make learning relevant to diverse groups of young people across formal and informal environments. She argues that young people’s interest and familiarity with new and mobile technologies remain untapped resources for formal and other designed learning spaces. In particular, she is interested in addressing the practical needs of historically underserved and underrepresented students and communities, including how to help educators in schools and youth-serving organizations support young people to critically engage in learning and civic processes with technologies and experiences youth already have on hand.