Idit Harel Caperton, Ph.D.

From Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy

Vol 57, No 1&2. Published 2010

Idit Harel Caperton [& Cary Bazalgette] Receives the 2010 Jessie McCanse Award
for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy

In a year when the The Journal of Media Literacy seeks to bridge the ideas of School 2.0 with a global perspective, we at the National Telemedia Council are honored to present our cherished Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy to two leaders who are at the forefront of building 21st Century media education—Cary Bazalgette, pioneering educator, author,  researcher and voice of the British Film Institute’s Education Initiatives for many years—and Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, visionary researcher, entrepreneur, and innovator of new-media learning projects.

Idit Harel Caperton

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton is an innovator who bridges research and entrepreneurship, helping children to construct their own learning through new media. She works tirelessly to transform education, making meaningful learning for a global citizenry of tomorrow. Idit will not rest until she has unlocked the potential power of interactive media to break through the limitations of the traditional classroom.


In the past 20 years, Idit has published books, articles and essays, and won multiple awards for her publications and projects. She connected her ground breaking research work at MIT with her entrepreneurial business leadership to form and the MaMaMedia Consulting Group, to give kids and parents direct access to technology-empowered learning experiences on the Internet and develop their 21st Century Learning Skills. She is also the Founder and President of the World Wide Workshop Foundation for Children’s Media Technology & Learning, which partners with educational institutions to launch innovative digital applications for the enhancement of children’s learning, and to transform education in the United States and around the world.

Idit’s dedication to creating a media-wise, literate, global society through innovative new media experiences continues and expands the dream Jessie McCanse had from the beginning of our organization. Idit’s imagination, willingness to take risks, and desire to open the walls of the classroom to the world will undoubtedly impact educational reform in this century.

Personal Thoughts from Idit...

“I started the World Wide Workshop a few years ago to match the needs of young people with the educational and economic opportunities for this new century. We believe that contemporary education -- that is, learning to learn, think, create, invent, and lead with technology – are essential skills for being able to participate and be competitive in the innovation economy.

By opening opportunities to the youth we serve, we help them realize their own potential, and master the technology tools and content they need to actively and smartly take part in the global knowledge economy.

I strongly believe that digital technologies, especially networked interactive environments, using Internet media technology, could have deeper consequences for education than is apparent in contemporary practice—or even recognized in most of the contemporary theoretical discourse as well as the in business world’s discourse.
We live in a world where speed, agility, and flexibility are the qualities and learning skills (life skills) required for productivity and success. How and where can we learn/teach these skills if not through the implementation of student-centered, long-term, Internet-based learning projects?

In my work I attempt to answer questions like:

  • What is the best culture for the formation of constructive and flexible attitudes that lead a person (i.e., a child, a teacher, a parent, a leader, or a group of people) into having the courage to embrace change in education (vs. always making the “easy” choice to maintain status quo)?

  • What type of intellectual courage is required of people in order to learn that certain uses of technology actually have the power to transform learning and lead to doing things differently (not just faster and more)?

  • What learning activities can be designed and executed in order to further cultivate among learners (and educators) imagination, vision, original thought, ability for taking risks, and the talent of doing things differently than before?