from site (linked above)
We are partnering with schools, businesses, cities, and community institutions such as libraries and museums, nationwide and around the globe, to create a 21st century learning experience for learners everywhere.
launched after much money/years of research – via macarthur foundation – headed by Connie Yowell.
A nonprofit backed by the MacArthur Foundation is preparing to give digital learning a mighty jolt with the rollout of LRNG, a new platform designed to help close the achievement gap for children ages 13 and up.
Collective Shift, unveiled early this month as the new hub for the MacArthur Foundation’s investments in digital education, received $25 million from the foundation to introduce LRNG, which it hopes will become a “new ecosystem” for 21st-century learning.
MacArthur previously backed pilot programs in four “Cities of Learning” that served 100,000 kids last summer. Now Collective Shift is overseeing expansion into 10 new cities, to be announced in early 2016. The program’s goal is to engage a million young people in 70 cities by the year 2018.
LRNG will absorb the digital efforts of the pilot cities — Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. — and incorporate new Cities of Learning as they roll out. But students everywhere will be able to access its content and build connections to their peers and others who support their learning goals.
So far Cities of Learning has focused on summer projects, but the program will go year-round next year under LRNG.
jan 2016 – calling all cities to take the challenge
Frank Catalano (@FrankCatalano) tweeted at 6:48 AM – 1 Nov 2018 :
Digital badges at the city level leading to college credit and workforce preparedness? That’s part of the vision as @SNHU and @WeAreLRNG merge https://t.co/ePiHq3EomM (@EdSurge @ByEmilyTate) #edtech (http://twitter.com/FrankCatalano/status/1057977804816449538?s=17)
wondering how/if badges might get in the way..