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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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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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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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Gymnasiums as “Learning Theaters”? 

If you had a high school gymnasium, how would you turn it into a technology-friendly space for teaching, learning, and research? As part of the Gottesman Libraries team, I'm currently involved in developing the concept of a "learning theater" — both programmatically and architecturally. Pulling this concept out of primordial soup of imagination (if such a space already …

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