A lightbulb went on when I read "Learning for a World of Constant Change" by authors John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas. I think I understand now why there's so much cognitive dissonance at the intersection of new media and learning, not to mention "online safety." It has a lot to do with how media has changed, and parents and educators are still trying to catch up. Media is no longer just … [Read more...] about Why kids need more, not less, play
This is a mashup of a blog post and a retweet. I'm basically retweeting (Twitter users' term for reposting someone else's tweet because you think it's worth your own followers' attention) educator and author Will Richardson's March 2011 TEDxNYED talk in case you missed it. At about 1:30 into Will's 14-min. talk, he mentions 17-year-old professional cinematographer Mark Klassen in Ontario. Here's … [Read more...] about To bring learning back into school
I watched 20-something Dan Brown's compelling 6.5-min. "Open letter to educators" on YouTube this morning after an educator I admire and follow on Twitter, Tom Whitby, tweeted about it. In it, Dan, aka pogobat, very engagingly asks what it means to receive an education now, in these discontinuous times, and explains how the institutional education we've long revered is beginning to fail many … [Read more...] about Smart young YouTube vlogger on education’s fail
I'm asking you, educators. EVOKE sounded amazing, when I heard it described by game designer Jane McGonigal on NPR's Science Friday the other day. The goal of this free social game is to "help empower people all over the world to develop creative solutions to urgent social problems" – beyond "mere" civic engagement to social problem-solving. Of course EVOKE isn't the only social-media teaching … [Read more...] about Can this be played in school? Please?