The current issue of Education Week talks about the MacArthur Foundation moving to the forefront in support of research on educational technology. "Projects Probe New Media's Role in Changing the Face of Learning
" is worth reading. Constance M. Yowell, the foundation's director of education, talks about investigating "...tools that allow us to engage the social nature of learning." Quest Atlantis
by Indiana University Bloomington is discussed, as is Remix World, a University of Chicago Center for Urban School Improvement initiative (not accessible to people outside the project). There's Global Kids
for the after-school programs in New York City, and also the Institute of Play
in New York City. Mizuko Ito, a researcher from University of Southern California, has a project in which postdoc and grad students observe and interview students as they interact in informal educational environments with new media.
Ito says that schools should attend to "the dynamics we see in online spaces, where kids are getting very rich and immediate feedback from their peers--that ties into a very rich and immersive learning ecology." (Trotter, Education Week, Dec.5, 2007)
(By the way, Mizuko "Mimi" Ito's blog
is worth visiting, and you can check out this Wikipedia page about her
So, Edweek is featuring an article on New Media's role in education. Catching on, eh? Lots of things to think about. Powerful stuff.