Prescription for Play

If you know me, you know I’m a big proponent for play for children.  Even big children. While I agree with what is being said in the video, we can’t ignore the modern world we live in. What constitutes play with computers?  Is it video games?  According to Dr. Marilyn Benoit video games aren’t what…

Playshop Principles

[Due to a hiccup with my Flickr account I will need to update this post shortly] To best experience this Flickr slideshow, click full screen (lower right) and select the option to “always show title and description” (upper right). These principles are from Some Reflections on Designing Construction Kits for Kids by Brian Silverman and…

Taught to Question

When I was in graduate school, the professor in my very first class session began by instructing us to question everything. He was passionate about this declaration, clearly evident in the spraying spit as he glared out at us. This was an exercise science, physiology and biomechanics program based heavily upon peer-reviewed research. He instructed…

Digging Deeper

29 years ago Dr. Seymour Papert wrote the text below.  It was recently shared again over at my daily dose of sanity, The Daily Papert. “I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities.…

I Have Questions: Gaming

A little background, I’m currently attending a two-day training on Quest Atlantis, a multi-user virtual environment game.  While listening to the rationale for QA, questions that have been stirring about in my head finally leapt out of my head and into Evernote for me to capture.  While the training wasn’t the best place to pose…

Moving on…

I’ve moved this blog over to http://briancsmith.org.  I will no longer be using EduBlogs.org for hosting my blog.  Thanks for the memories, I just wanted a little more control.  Now, I need to write more. If you’ve been subscribing, thank you and change your subscriptions to this new feed… http://feeds2.feedburner.com/bcsmith.  If you haven’t please consider…

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