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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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Making of a Learning Theater 

"Library Orientation" in the Learning Theater, Summer 2016 by Yuntong Man I just had the great fortune of spending two days with Leakey Foundation members exploring the meaning of evolution (and human origins) in relation to the theme of "human survival." It was an amazing experience led by seven thoughtful and well-spoken scientists speaking about diverse topics such as physiology, …

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Documentaries in the curriculum 

Someone documenting someone! Jeff Frank's article on expanding the educational significance of documentary film (Frank 2013, detail below) is a thoughtful reflection on how film and education can intersect. Frank is a philosopher interested in better understanding education generally, with a specific interest in literature and other narrative texts (I love that he teaches a …

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

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Pens as social tools for classrooms 

Tino Agnitti, the founder of IRPens.com, gave a seminar presentation about his entrepreneurial experiences today at EdLab. I really enjoyed his keen insight into his current work, ideas, and past experiences working on projects. He told his story of starting a business around the "IR Pen," which is significant for the EdLab since it's a …

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Linchpin on my mind 

In his book LinchpinSeth Godin offers repetitive and often simplistic arguments, and actually makes a difference. By the end I really couldn't fault him for his mistakes. He crafts his story into a compelling meditation on life and work. He throws a lot of words and ideas at the problem of how to be indispensable, …

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