The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced a $2 million open competition for ideas to transform learning using digital media.

The announcement came on Nov. 23, the same day President Obama called for new efforts to reinvent and improve education in science and math. (See story here)

Supported by grants to the University of California at Irvine and Duke University, the competition invites designers, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and others to build digital media experiences--the "learning labs of the 21st century," the foundation said--that can help students interact, collaborate, build, and explore in new and innovative ways.

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