Digital Media & Learning Competition 1

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Seven winning projects in the Innovation category and ten projects in Knowledge-Networking were awarded $2 million in 2008.

The first Competition (2008) awarded a total of $2 million to 17 projects representing compelling work in the field of Digital Media and Learning. A number of brilliant ideas in the field of digital media and learning deserve wider dissemination, circulation, discussion, translation, application, articulation, and customization. Not every inventor/developer is a good knowledge-networker. Knowledge-networking takes good ideas and circulates them widely, taking full advantage of the Web's potential for collaborative thinking. It enables communication in which many can contribute, shape, and share. Knowledge-networking is “do-it-yourself” field-building, collective matchmaking across communities of those who have and those who seek information, so that each can teach and learn from the other. The Knowledge-Networking Awards were given to proven communicators, those already networking with others and dedicated to digital learning through blogs, social networking, social bookmarking, podcasting, world-building environments, and other on-line communities. From more than 1,000 applications, seven projects won Innovation awards of $100,000 or $238,000;* in the Knowledge-Networking category, 10 projects received awards ranging from $30,000 to $72,000.*

The Digital Media and Learning Competition was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC.

*Awards based on amount requested.


Selected Winning Projects

The Social Media Classroom will develop an online community for teachers and students to collaborate and contribute ideas for teaching and learning... Networking Civic Engagement, a project of the Institute on Money in State Politics, is an online interactive site and users'...
Virtual Peace is a digital humanitarian assistance game that creates a learning environment for young people studying public policy and international...
Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies, a project to be conducted in rural India, promotes literacy through language-...

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