Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning (MacArthur Foundation)


Not one of my deeper thinking pieces, but an important entry nonetheless: The MacArthur Foundation announced its

five-year, $50 million digital media and learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations. The initiative is both marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth.

Not sure how I missed this one, as the announcement came last Thursday. The project website is accompanied by a blog to which the likes of Mimi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and danah boyd are contributing. Very exciting stuff, and an area of digital technology research I’ve gotten increasingly interested in.

For a synopsis of the initiative’s launch, see danah boyd’s post on the Spotlight blog.  More than worth a read….


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