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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $20 million to support new “game-based learning applications” in math, English and science, incorporating social networking platforms and other online tools to help kids learn.

“Teachers are telling us what they want, and we are listening,” said Vicki L. Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We believe these exciting world-class tools have the potential to fundamentally change the way students and teachers interact in the classroom, and ultimately, how education works in America.”

More in the press release, which notes that the new programs will align with the Common Core State Standards in more than 40 states. As part of the effort, the Pearson Foundation announced that its complete digital curriculum will support the standards.

Other partners in the effort include: Educurious Partners, Florida Virtual School, Institute of Play, Reasoning Mind, Quest Atlantis, Digital Youth Network and EDUCAUSE.

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