Remix artist Pogo’s Disney remix “Alice”
In 2009, I came across the inspiring work of self-taught Australian remix musician Nick Bertke (aka “Pogo”). As a media teacher doing remix in my own media production classes, I was interested in learning more about Pogo and his creative process. So I interviewed him about it.
What I [...]
“Gee and other educators worry that students who are comfortable participating in and exchanging knowledge through affinity spaces are being de-skilled as they enter the classroom”- Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture
Every day, I’m struck by the differences between the experiences I have in situated affinity spaces and those of my educational communities [...]
Gamers enjoying the “retro recroom” at gamercamp
Institutional and informal game play: What’s at stake for learning?
The image above is from Gamercamp, a Toronto gaming unconference where I moderated a panel on “Play”. What I saw there and pictured above was an awesome example of truly holistic, situated, informal learning. And the [...]
My second Machinima: Epic Journey: Travel forms in WoW
Have you ever wanted to fly (like a bird)? This is just one more thing you can experience in a synthetic world that you can’t do in reality. And I stress the word “experience” versus activity – because the brain doesn’t distinguish between “real” or [...]
“The reward, in other words, doesn’t have to be a useful or fun thing in itself, it need only be an obvious outward sign that the wearer of it has done some difficult work to get it.”
- Edward Castronova, Synthetic Worlds : The business and culture of online games (2005)
My first-year teaching at an inner city school was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, of my life. Despite five years instructing post-graduate industry tech courses at the college level, I was very much the noob high school teacher. But it wasn’t just any high school but a program for at-risk learners, aged 18-20, [...]
In this current moment of economic, cultural and social adversity it’s all to easy to give in to cynicism, hopelessness and fear. What’s more difficult is locating the inspiration and optimism necessary to move forward.
Distinguished author and educational leader Parker Palmer reflects on how we got here and where we’re headed in this [...]
I recently crowdsourced my Twitter network for their perspectives on internet blocking in schools. The above flash slideshow is a collection of their responses. A gallery of the individual tweets is here.
Taking part: There are several ways you can contribute and collaborate to this evolving discussion:
Twitter: If you wish to contribute your [...]