Digital Media and Learning Competition


Just announced are the winners of the Learning Lab Designers category of the 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition. The competition is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory).

The Digital Media and Learning Competition, now in its third year, is an annual effort designed to find — and to inspire — the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. In May 2010, the Competition recognized 10 projects that employ games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, and social networks to create learning labs for the 21st Century — environments that help young people learn through exploration, interaction and sharing.

The winners are listed on the competition website (there is also a PDF of winners from all years of the competition). It’s a diverse, and really inspiring collection of projects that are reimagining learning. They look at how “young people are learning, socializing, and participating in civic life in dramatic new ways and assessing information in ways never before imagined.”

One winner, Hole-in-the-Wall, was also the inspiration for the film Slumdog Millionaire. (Check out the CNN video of it.) Another, Scratch, is free, graphical programming language that enables young people to create their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations. And below are the submission videos of some of the other winners: Fab@School, Conservation Connection, Click, Mobile Action Lab.

(Link via Interactive Multimedia Technology)