Mizuko “Mimi” Ito
Chair in Digital Media and Learning, Professor in Residence


  • Education technology
  • Game-based learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Student-centered education

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning – learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. Decades of research on geeks, gamers, fans, activists, and artists has convinced Ito that kids learn best when they are pursuing things they care about with people who get and inspire them. Her co-authored book, “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media,” describes new opportunities for interest-driven learning fueled by games, social media, and digital tools. In Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design, Ito and her colleagues in the Connected Learning Research Network map out how education can embrace today’s technology to make meaningful learning available to all young people. Ito is co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provides online creative learning opportunities for kids in all walks of life.