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How We Created Our Immersive Learning Experience 

We designed the Mars Mission experience for participants to experience: play (going to Mars!) surprise (audio and video cues, live action drama, actors) awe (cinematic media and light) curiosity (theatrical reveals) flow (a continuous story with problems to solve) With this video, we hope to share how our team thinks about our creative process in the work of creating educational experiences. …

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Using Words Against Us 

A powerful word. On Monday, POTUS followed a familiar pattern. Upon his apparent exoneration of accusations of treason, he accused his accusers of "treasonous" actions. President Trump went on the offensive on Monday a day after the special counsel investigation reported no conspiracy with Russia, suggesting that critics who pursued such suspicions were “treasonous,” guilty …

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Immersion: When Media is Educational  ☆

A 'Ready Player One' Dystopia Sure, video games are immersive, but are they educational? Only to a very small extent. Educators have been pursuing the connections between immersive media like gaming and education for decades, but I want to offer another perspective: learners have to be suspended between being gamers and game-makers. Here's a brief reflection on how …

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A Quantified Selfie (2018 in Review) 

There are carbon footprints, ecological footprints, and other ways to measure our personal impact on the environment. Then there's the evidence that Americans are materialistic and consumption-oriented. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my family's consumption by disclosing some of our 2018 consumption and economy-related activities. (Some facts and fact-areas are added because wanted to include major service providers …

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A “Story Genome” Project  ☆

A visual representation of a human genome. How do the stories we read, hear, or come to know make us who we are? What if we could track and annotate how these stories constitute our identity and behavior? (Or perhaps rather our rational deliberations?) If we had a map of that similar to the mapping …

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A Foundation of Lies 

Disgust with criminals and their crimes is still possible, even in the case of three-star generals: The judge was not upset only about Mr. Flynn’s sneaky prevarication. He said he felt “disgust” at Mr. Flynn’s offenses, that a retired three-star general would lie to the F.B.I. “while on the …

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Vote 

Vote for Democratic Congresspersons to provide a much-needed check on the Executive Branch's power.

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Photos of Consumption 

Photograph: Pablo Lopez Luz Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures is a really interesting photo essay in The Guardian.

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All the President’s (Racist) Men (and Women) 

Don’t tell me about “economic anxiety.” That’s not what happened in Poland, which grew steadily through the financial crisis and its aftermath. And it’s not what happened here in 2016: Study after study has found that racial resentment, not economic distress, drove Trump voters. - Paul Krugman from Why It Can Happen Here

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Double-edged Generosity 

American elites are monopolizing progress, and monopolies can be broken. Aggressive policies to protect workers, redistribute income, and make education and health affordable would bring real change. But such measures could also prove expensive for the winners. Which gives them a strong interest in convincing the public that they can help out within the system …

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Social-democratic Capitalism 

It’s true that Denmark doesn’t at all fit the classic definition of socialism, which involves government ownership of the means of production. It is, instead, social-democratic: a market economy where the downsides of capitalism are mitigated by government action, including a very strong social safety net. - Paul Krugman from Something Not Rotten …

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Living Versus Imagining 

What if one of the make-or-break achievements in life is learning how to grapple with the following challenge: Live in the present, but imagine in the future. What if that is much easier said than done? What does it take to really imagine in the future? How does one really assess the "present"? What if the desire …

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Collaborative Action 

By Xavier Vergés As a optimistic skeptic of "collaborative design processes," I wonder if should instead approach such collaborations as "collaborative action" processes. What specifics would that change invoke? How could we re-tune our expectations for outcomes by shifting away from "design" as an outcome?

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Meritocracy is a Joke 

The term “meritocracy” was coined by sociologist Michael Young in his 1958 satire, The Rise of Meritocracy. Pro-tip: he was satirizing meritocracy, and was not happy that his work led to the popularization of the idea as a positive political philosophy. (I’ve recently run across this history in Edward Luce’s book, The Retreat of Western …

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Strage Prize 2017 with Nathan Holbert 

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Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Brian Hughes.

The Strage Junior Faculty Prize committee honors Nathan Holbert as the 2017 Strage Prize recipient. Dr. Hobert is the Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2014, shortly after arriving at TC, Holbert founded The …

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Falling Upwards 

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The Most Flexible Immersive Learning Space 

A bold title? Not when you're talking about the Smith Learning Theater. In Gary Natriello's words, it "underscores our commitment to producing unconventionally collaborative, custom-designed, authentic learning experiences that are playful, valuable, and inspiring." I'm grateful to have played a role in bringing this space into existence for the past 3 years. I'm excited to see …

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Progress and Imagination 

Talk of racism in the U.S. has grown tremendously this year. I feel a key underlying issue of racism itself is a lack of imagination, or effort to use one's imagination in such a context. "Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) Take a Knee"   Why are some people racist? Do they feel superior to others? …

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Notes on “Augmenting Education” 

VR gear at a Facebook event in 2015 I have a recurring vision of a dilapidated 19th century classroom full of children with VR goggles strapped to their heads. It’s worth considering why this could be both a nightmarish vision and a reasonable, near-term goal for anyone who cares about public education... Here is a …

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