Friday, February 12, 2010

Game Changers educate and inspire

[Connie]The MacArthur Foundation's Connie Yowell wrote a great essay at Huffington Post this week highlighting the potential of the Game Changers awards. Here's an excerpt:
News of the competition has been making its way through the gaming community, and a number of contest proposals have already come in. They contain some provocative creative plots and adventures: finding a missing genius scientist, repelling invaders of human consciousness, and the proper care and feeding of aliens. There are some intriguing new potential heroes, too, including: "Sackboy," a Geico-like lizard named "Sal," and an invisible time-traveling professor named "Momo."

- Connie Yowell: Inspire a New Generation of Game Experiences for Children,, 2/8/10
Got an inspiring idea?  Digital Media and Learning Competition submissions close on Monday.  Apply now!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

LBP and Snow

Last week North Carolina was hit with more snow than we've seen in a few years. This, of course, means school was canceled for most of the week. North Carolinians are not so adept at driving on inches of snow, and we don't have many snow plows! So one afternoon I brought my daughter and two friends to HASTAC, where they spent the entire afternoon playing LBP. They think I have the coolest job around! (They're right.) Check out the rapt attention and good times:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

DML Competition re-opens to NEW applicants

Due to popular demand, the 2010 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition has been re-opened to new applicants!

The application system is now open.  Submit your application between now and noon EST on February 15th.
  • To be considered, all new applications must be submitted by noon EST on February 15th.
  • We cannot guarantee that new applications will be given the opportunity to benefit from public comment and feedback on their applications. Newly submitted applications will not be available in the public commenting system until after February 15th.
  • For full information about this year's Competition, please see
As planned, previous applicants are now also invited to re-submit their applications to include ideas and collaborators that may have arisen from the public comment. All previous applications must be re-submitted by February 15th to be considered.  Click here to learn more about the Competition timeline.

Click here to create or re-submit your application now. Good luck!