The MacArthurÂ Foundation launched its five-year, $50 millionÂ digital media and learning initiative in 2006 toÂ help determineÂ 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 innovationÂ for continued growth.
So reads the press release from the MacArthur Foundation. I followed various articlesÂ to find out more about the MacArthur Foundation, but what really got my attention was Spotlight: blogging the field of digital media and learning. There is a good variety of commentators on this group blog, and it looks like it could become an important voice on the topic. The launch itself took place live and in Second Life, adding to the buzz already created by the funding envelope.