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Initiative to Explore Impact of Informal Science Learning

An international initiative called Science Learning+ will provide $15 million to support research about learning outside the classroom, exploring the most effective practices and building the evidence in this area. The initiative is the result of ... Read More
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New Alliance to Push for Connected Learning

The MacArthur-supported Connected Learning Alliance is expected to grow and already involves more than three dozen organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation, MIT Media Lab, National Writing Project and YOUmedia. Read More
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Connected Learning Among LittleBigPlanet 2 Players

This case report examines the popular video game that allows players to create their own costumes, games, and worlds and finds that player demographic differences, among other factors, can enable and constrain learning opportunities. Read More
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Chicago Expands City of Learning Initiative to Year-Round

The City of Chicago will expand its City of Learning Initiative to a year-round set of free activities and learning opportunities for youth, providing learning opportunities connected to their interests when school is not in session. Read More
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SimCityEDU Video Game Emphasizes 21st Century Skills, Learning Assessment

SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! explores how digital games can be effective environments for learning and make learning more relevant by connecting it with students’ interests. Read More
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Chicago Expands YOUmedia to Six More Libraries

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new $500,000 investment to expand YOUmedia, the MacArthur-supported youth learning space that opened at the Chicago Public Library’s downtown Harold Washington Library Center in 2009 Read More
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Digital Badges Help Young People, Adults Demonstrate Skills

A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation details how a MacArthur-supported initiative to expand use of digital badges can improve learning and outcomes for students and adults. Read More

Chicago Summer of Learning: Summer Showcase

See what Chicago's youth have created at the one-day gallery and talent showcase! Read More
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Using Games For Learning and Assessment

The GlassLab project at the Institute of Play is working to transform learning and assessment through digital gaming. Read More
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Study Examines How Young Job Seekers Manage Online Privacy

A first-of-its-kind study by Northwestern University looks at how young adults approach online reputation management. Read More
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Museums, Libraries Win Grants to Enhance Learning Online

Sixteen museums, libraries and nonprofit institutions have been awarded a total of $150,000 to engage young people in the development of apps, badges, curricula and other tools that will make the online experience more civil ... Read More
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What is a Badge?

How do we recognize and value the way we learn today? Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter. Read More
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Twelve Nonprofits Receive Nearly $1 Million to Support Hive NYC Learning Network

The Hive NYC Learning Network, a coalition of museums, libraries, after-school clubs, and informal learning spaces creates Connected Learning opportunities for youth. Read More
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Better Futures for 2 Million Americans Through Open Badges

President Bill Clinton announced a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to massively expand access to a new method of academic and technical skills assessment known as Open Badges. Read More
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Aspen Institute Launches Task Force on Learning and the Internet

The task force is comprised of 20 thought leaders with diverse perspectives in learning, innovation, and safety. Read More