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Reimagining Learning: graphic for the Digital Media and Learning CompetitionI was reading the July 7, 2010 issue of eSHOOL NEWS, and I came upon the following article: “Ten winners snag $1.7 million in digital competition: MacArthur Foundation funds projects that explore new approaches to 21st-century learning.”

These ten winners will create learning labs of the 21st century through the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition.

Here is a link to the full article:
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/eschoolmedia/ecampus_201007/#/16

This is the third year of the competition which focuses on digital environments that promote building and development in a new and innovative fashion. Prior competitions have focused on educational social networking. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded the primary grant to the University of California, Irvine and to Duke University, which is administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC).

HASTAC announces the annual awards competition on their website: http://www.dmlcompetition.net/about.php.

According to the foundation's website:

“The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year, $50 million Digital Media and Learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way people, especially 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 Digital Media and Learning initiative is marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth. Initial grants have supported research projects, design studies, pilot programs and responses to policy implications.

The Digital Media and Learning Competition, created in 2007, was designed to find "and to inspire" the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. Projects explore how digital technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. Awards have recognized individuals, for-profit companies, universities and community organizations using new media to transform learning.

The 2010 Competition, launched in partnership with National Lab Day, challenges designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, practitioners and researchers to build learning labs and/or learning experiences for the 21st Century, environments that will help young people interact, share, build, tinker and explore in new and innovative ways.”

If you would like information about the upcoming 2011 competition, please fill in the form online at http://www.dmlcompetition.net/contact.php. <>

Sponsors of the Digital Media and Learning Competition.