Digital smarts: it's Otto Matic

Putting People First notes that the MacArthur Foundation has launched a $50 million digital learning initiative:

The Digital Learning Initiative is exploring the hypothesis that digital media tools now enable new forms of knowledge production, social networking, communication and play. Through the use of such tools, young people are engaged in an exploration of language, games, social interaction and self-directed education that can be used to support learning. They are different as a result of this use of digital media, and these differences are reflected in their sense of self, in how they express their independence and creativity, and in their ability to learn, exercise judgment and think systemically.

"They are different as a result of this use of digital media...." kind of sticks with me, knowing how quickly my five year old son has conquered the Mac video game, Otto Matic.

It could just make him a bit brighter than his dad.


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