MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative

If you’re an NPR-listener, you will have undoubtedly heard mention of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a big supporter of public radio. Last week, they launched a $50 million initiative to “fund research and innovative projects focused on understanding the impact of the widespread use of digital media on our youth and how they learn.”

Visit MacArthur’s web overview of the Digital Media and Learning Initiative from which you can view a webcast of the event; social media researcher, Danah Boyd provides summary coverage of the launch; and because nearly 50 avatars from Second Life were in attendance, there is also coverage from a Second Life perspective which comes to us from the New Media Consortium.

All this to say that, having read some of the viewpoints from the panelists, this is an exciting time to be an educator or parent, and we owe it to ourselves to get on board with these new ideas around learning and media literacy because our kids already are.

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