Videogames – Ya Got Trouble!~

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Some years ago I was at a conference where Dmitri Williams was talking about the social history of videogames. He made reference to this song as a way of illustrating how the societal reaction to videogames isn’t really new. Since … Continue reading

Resisting the Corporatization and Militarization of University Education

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I just love this: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8342  This is from the University of British Columbia   To effectively resist the commercialization of public space and the corporatization and militarization of education, students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) created a political group … Continue reading

Student gets slammed for creating an online study group…

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute  So much for the importance of team work in this modern world….. From TheStar.com: ” Study groups may be a virtual trademark of the Ivory Tower – but a virtual study group has been slammed as cheating by Ryerson University. … Continue reading

What Teachers Want [episode 1]

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve been struggling with my youngest son’s school of late. Again. Still. I’ve been struggling with schools, on and off since my oldest first started school – seventeen years ago in 1990. My kids are bright, creative, and independent. Schools … Continue reading

Chalk up another one for FaceBook

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Thanks to the mini-feed from FaceBook, I saw this Blog from Mark Guzdial. It is a MUST READ for anyone concerned about the enrollment malaise the computer science departments continue to face. http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/post/PLNKUURHQRKBJYSU Here’s an excerpt: “Colin Potts, a professor … Continue reading

I am an Ed Tech heretic.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Thank you Freeman Dyson. http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge219.html#dysonf “In the modern world, science and society often interact in a perverse way. We live in a technological society, and technology causes political problems. The politicians and the public expect science to provide answers to … Continue reading

Take That, R.E.Clark….

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Among the points highlighted in Clark’s recent article trashing serious games are that “…the research shows no instructional advantages of games over the other instructional approaches (such as lectures)…” and that “only poorly designed studies find learning benefits from games“. … Continue reading

R.E.Clark is at it again….

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Clark, R. E. (2007). Learning from Serious Games? Arguments, Evidence, and Research Suggestions. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, May-June 2007, 56-59. Richard E. Clark says, “My goal in this column is to offer a brief view of the current state of the evidence … Continue reading