Educational Technology

November 29, 2011

Knight Foundation merging media, minds, and money

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by D.C. Denison, Boston Globe

Earlier this fall, a group of students, parents, and teachers from Boston’s public schools played an interactive computer game designed to reinvent the way schools are evaluated. Meanwhile, a team of Somerville students was turning digital cameras into infrared scanners, perfect for measuring the health of vegetation in city neighborhoods. A few miles away, in Harvard Square, 14 technologists were working to create ways for public radio shows to find listeners. Those three efforts were examples of local media and technology projects funded entirely or in part by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of the largest US philanthropies. With a mission to promote journalism and foster community engagement, the foundation has invested more than $100 million in experimental media technologies and techniques in the past five years.

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