Stanford University reports that researchers met on Nov. 3 for one of the first meetings of the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Collaboration. At the gathering, about two dozen researchers from around the country, many of whom have never met each other, convened at Stanford University to discuss cutting-edge work aimed at understanding how technology is helping to change the way children learn. The collaboration has committed $50 million to help build the emerging field of digital learning and media and has supported education since its founding. Now, foundation president Jonathan Fanton told his staff that he wants to know how tech is influencing the areas they fund. The foundation’s research shows that more than half of United States teenagers use a computer, and 40 percent a video game. In fact, research shows that 83 percent of young people play video games regularly, while three quarters use instant messaging. This could affect children who enter the public school system in the coming years, because they may have different expectations and behaviors because of their relationships with digital media. At the meeting, the foundation discussed these issues as well as the need to confront emerging tensions as research is framed in this emerging field of study…