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…

Your imagination is real. | Indexed

Your imagination is real. | Indexed. One of my favorite webcomics/blogs is the simple presentation and complex thinking of Indexed. The first comment is equally insightful… “To be fair, there’s probably a sector at least twice as large as A for “people that have been wrongly told that they are”.  ~ Paul B.”  

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.…

The Dichotomy of Work & Play

This is hardly Earth shattering, though, at the same time, there is so much right and so much wrong with this exchange. These students clearly enjoyed learning at the National Museum of Play, but it felt a whole lot different from what they are accustomed to. During a time when it seems that children are…

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…

The Fischbowl: Dear Denver Post – You’re the Disappointment

I teach high school. I love all of high school, including high school sports, and including the fun that students have at Friday night (or Thursday night this week for us) football. So I understand the intent of the following headline in The Denver Post. But, as it does every year at this time (and…

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