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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 “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 Democratic Agency  ☆

For me, the story about EdLab—its purpose, vision, and strategy—boils down to the goal of democracy. This post is a reflection on today's seminar by Gary Natriello, but I think it may also resonate with anyone who's a part of a similar organization. Gary articulated a vision of the future of the education sector that …

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A Service Design Opportunity  ☆

I just participated in a two day workshop run by Engine, a UK design group that focuses on applying diverse design processes to designing customer-oriented services. The workshop focused on designing services that are complex by nature, usually involving "four P's": People, Places, Processes, and Products (not to be confused with the four P's of marketing). …

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Intellectual Cosmopolitanism  ☆

I'm getting excited for the upcoming New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow conference, and working on my presentation. I'll be on the "Tools Available (college-level)" panel, and I'd like to convey some ideas about the future balance between tradition and timeliness in the academy. It's hard to articulate an interesting position in the 5-10 minutes that …

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Transmedia for Social Change  ☆

Today I attended the final day of an intensive workshop event hosted by Working Films. The event brought together a diverse group of talented filmmakers, powerful activists, and leaders in the education sector – I was lucky I got to crash their party! In their own words, it was: a residential workshop designed to help …

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