"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more
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Yesterday in New York the MacArthur Foundation announced that they will be committing $50 million over the next five years to the field of digital media and learning. Our Digital Youth project was one of MacArthur’s exploratory grants in this area together with Henry Jenkins' New Media Literacy project at MIT. It’s very exciting to see the foundation making this commitment to ongoing support of this area. In addition to a growing number of domestic research grants in this initiative, the foundation will begin funding international research and will roll out a related book series. The MacArthur web site on this new initiative is here and the blog is here. The webcast from today's event is here. Danah has a summary of the panel discussion here.