October 20, 2009

Connect HERE (via Elluminate) at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time (click to convert to your timezone)

Introductory Announcements:
  • Reminder about final project. If you (for-credit students) haven't added your proposal, you should soon. See form, and also responses so far.
  • Trevor Meister will announce a special Second Life session for interested participants.

Meeting Topic - Gaming in Education (guest - Sylvia Martinez)

Weekly Tasks:

These tasks are assigned to for-credit students, but we'd love participation from non-credit students! Use the appropriate tag (eci831, eci831readings, eci831tools) to become part of our conversation & learning.

Last Week (October 13-October 19/09)
  • I would like to recommend watching Alan Levine's '50 Ways 2.0 Tell a Story" presentation that he prepared for the recent EdMedia conference. The best way to view the presentation is to download the Cooliris plugin (for Firefox), then listen to the audio track as you flip through the slides.
  • Alan suggests looking at one or more of these examples below and considering if and how these may represent new forms of storytelling. Think also about how the tool/medium may shape or inform the story told. You may consider writing a blog post regarding how the changes in media, tools, and connectivity shape our stories, and as well, shape our story tellers. As an alternative, you could frame the question (or post) from a historical perspective. For instance, how did transition from oral to written histories shape our stories (how they were told? who was heard? how the changes shaped our history and/or society?)
  • In preparation for next week, I would recommend watching Sylvia Martinez's K12 Online Presentation, Games in Education. And if you don't know about the K12 Online Conference, you should really check it out. It is an annual, free conference that goes back to 2006. There are dozens of high-quality presentations available from previous events.
  • Also for next week, the suggested reading is Seymour Papert's article "Does Easy Do It? Children, Games & Learning" (if you are unfamiliar with Papert, please read his Wikipedia page). PLEASE NOTE (as Sylvia warns), the link contains (1) the original article, (2) a letter to the editor from a game designer that voices a very typical response to saying that "educational" games aren't all they are cracked up to be, and, (3) a response to the letter from Papert that addressees these issues very succinctly.

This Week (October 20- October 26/09)

Other Readings and Media

The Elluminate Recording is now available here.