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

All Simulations are Educational????

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve had more than one educator tell me that they thought all simulations were educational. If you are looking at simulations designed to be educational, then, sure – it’s a tautology. But coming from CS and having some experience with … 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

Designing Things You Don’t Understand

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Just because you use some application or piece of software does not mean you know it. There is a reason why race car drivers often start out as (professional or amateur) mechanics: In order to get the best performance out … Continue reading

Web 2.0 Fail – Using New Tools in Old Ways

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes I am often struck by the fact that so many people who claim to be using the latest, coolest, Web 2.0 (and 3.0, whatever that is) tools are not actually doing anything new. They are merely using a new tool … 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

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price – NYTimes.com

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price – NYTimes.com. I think everyone has a choice.   One of the choices people are NOT making anymore is to spend time pondering.   If you don’t keep … Continue reading