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Posted July 01, 2014 in News Articles

Phonar Nation: The biggest youth photography class in history

Youth all over the world are being invited to help build Phonar Nation, an online
photography storytelling class, as part of the Cities of Learning initiative, supported by the
MacArthur Foundation and powered by the Digital Youth Network and Badge Alliance.

Designed by award-winning photographer, National Teaching Fellow, and open education
pioneer Jonathan Worth, Phonar Nation builds on his #Phonar (Photography and
Narrative) class that was described in the European Parliament as "breaking new ground
for photographers" and by Wired as "shaking up photo education."

The Phonar Nation class is built to be taught from a mobile device for a mobile device
user. Students learn to speak clearly through images and engage a connected audience.
They learn to leverage and to be empowered by the network rather than feeling
anonymised by it. Phonar Nation is more than photography; it is visual literacy and digital
fluency for a connected 21st century.

Phonar Nation is presented in association with the University of California Humanities
Research Institute, Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, Connected Learning Alliance,
and Digital Youth Network. Phonar Nation's partners also include World Press Photo in
Amsterdam, OgilvyOne in Hong Kong and the International Center of Photography in New
York, where the class will launch with the Phonar Nation Box of Books. The box features
a uniquely curated selection of photography books and handmade journals, which, like a
message in a bottle, will travel amongst selected Cities of Learning libraries, schools and
community centers reifying the online Phonar Nation network as it goes.

Running concurrently with the Phonar Nation class is the "Front Page" competition for the
best youth stories.

Phonar Nation Photography classes are open to all for free.

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