The Decorative Media Principle

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve been looking around at a lot of educational sites and I keep running into the same thing. Many of them LOOK nice – I mean: they have nice colours, cute or otherwise appealing characters and graphics; some of them … Continue reading

Thoughts on Ed Theories: Cognitive Load

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Forgive me, I come from Science. “Theory” means something different in science from what it means in education. It seems that in education we can label any notion we have about how things work as a theory – and then … Continue reading

Why can’t EdTechs get along with IT, and how that effects Education

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why do so many people in Ed Tech denigrate people who actually know tech? Isn’t knowing tech supposed to be a good thing? Do people with Education degrees feel that they are somehow better than the rest of us because … Continue reading

Knowing ‘X’ does not imply knowing ‘Y’

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Earlier this spring, I had a lovely conversation with a fellow game researcher and enthusiast (Jostein Hassel) about how digital games are related to non-digital games. I learned a lot from this conversation (more on that in an upcoming post). … Continue reading

Ed Tech is an Interdisciplinary Field

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes So why is it possible to get an Ed Tech degree by taking ONLY Education courses? It shouldn’t be. IT  (Information Technology), Education, Management, … are all APPLIED disciplines – if all you know is the one of these, you … Continue reading

Why Educational Games are still boring…

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the things I keep coming up against again and again is the ‘language’ problem. Having come from computer science and only recently introduced to ‘formal’ education (I”ve been teaching at university for ~30 years), I was at first … Continue reading

Why Education Research Is Failing Us: Begley – Sharon Begley – Newsweek.com

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why Education Research Is Failing Us: Begley – Sharon Begley – Newsweek.com. Synopsis: This article reports on a meta study comparing inquiry methods against a more trditional approach. What was found is that: “There is a dearth of carefully crafted, … 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