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10 years ago
There have been many talks about games and education recently. I just ran into two great videos of Katie Salen, the director of Institute of Play, talking about game, play and design, and am really impressed by the way she describes gaming and playing. In this video Play, Salen talks about play as a way of being that makes players open and comfortable to explore new possibilities and ultimately forget themselves in these engaging experiences (but sure, there are also issues related to such condition like addiction). She suggests that “such a state...
10 years ago
Margolis, J., Estrella, R., Goode, J., Holme, J. J., & Nao, K. (2008). Stuck in the shallow end: Education, race, and computing. Cambridge: The MIT Press. The digital divide, the gap between the technology haves and have nots, has drawn people's attention since late 1990s when the National Telecommunications an...
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11 years ago
This past summer I had an opportunity to teach a course about social studies and new technology in the social studies program at Teachers College. At the end of this course, I conducted an experiment to screencast students' presentations via Jing and put these screencasts on Vialogues. Although this experiment was not successful in my summer course (it's a last-minute proposal and students had been overwhelmed with all course assignments), I think there are some strengths in this model if implemented properly: 1). In a typical one-hundred-min...
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11 years ago
On Monday, I attended this interesting symposium at AERA, Culturally Relevant Computing for Girls of Color. The first thing that drew my attention was that the presentation slides were set in second life, a creative way for the presenters to do presentation and showcase some great works students created in second life. In her introduction of the COMPUGIRLS. Professor Kimberly Scott first pointed out the problem of cultural deficiency discourse in the 60s and how it extended to the area of digital literacy nowadays (e.g. some ...
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11 years ago
On a Saturday evening several weeks ago, as I was working on my dissertation proposal about digital media and civic education, my wife Mei and 6-year-old nephew J had a chance to play Ayiti, a popular online social game about the daily struggles of people living in rural Haiti. I didn't know exactly how J came into this online game, but he wanted Mei to play with him. Mei knew that it was my research interest, and was excited to tell me that they were going to play the game. At the time I didn't react passionately to the...
11 years ago
Here is another experimental UFR promo video. Happy Holidays!
12 years ago
Last weekend, Yana and I had this great opportunity to work with Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR) curriculum authors at the 2010 National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference in Denver to video document the UFR curriculum workshops for social studies educators. The workshops went very well and the UFR project received great support and feedback from social studies educators. The first workshop started at 8:00 am on Saturday morning and the room, wi...
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12 years ago
During the past couple of days (9/23-9/25), Professor Crocco and I were attending Five Years of Post-Katrina Educational Reform Conference at University of New Orleans and presented our paper ( Using Multi-Media representations of Katrina and Its Aftermath to Promote Educational, first authored by professor Crocco and coauthored by Professor Natriello , Hui Soo and myself). It was a great conference with great keynote speakers and research paper sections...
12 years ago
These robot shows are amazing and entertaining!
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12 years ago
Kahne, J., & Middaugh, E. (2009). Online Localities: Implications for Democracy and Education. Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, 108(1), 234-266. Review Local communities have long been important places for democratic participation. Current communication technology and media expand people's capacity to interact with people from distant places. Whether online communities could effectively serve as new venues for ci...