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Gates Foundation pledges millions to make learning fun |

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This is so cool! I’ve heard about a couple of these programs, so to hear that these education programs using technology to make learning engaging and fun is so great!

The Seattle-based Gates Foundation is working with the Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pearson, and is pledging $3 million to the creation of a digital curriculum for kids. The program includes online math and English courses with video, software, social media and print resources – including four courses as free platforms for schools to use.

The foundation also is giving $2 million to Florida Virtual School, which is billed as “the nation’s first statewide, Internet-based public school,” according to the announcement. Nearly $743,000 is going to Reasoning Mind, an education organization that provides interactive math programs to schools.

The pledge also is focusing on game-based learning tools from iRemix ($2.6 million), the Institute of Play ($2.5 million) and Quest Atlantis ($2.6 million). And $2 million more will go to Educurious Partners, which develops high-school courses in biology, literature and algebra via social networking.

Another $10 million is coming in June from Next Generation Learning Challenges, which will award grants to “promising technology-enabled programs built around embedded assessments that can help students master 7th, 8th and 9th-grade content and competencies,” the Gates Foundation said.

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I’ll be interested to see who gets grants as part of the Next Gen Learning Challenge as well.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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