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  1. Week 10 – Gaming for Learning

    July 18, 2010 by Lynn

    Gaming for learning and for many other things as well according to the articles and posts this week. 

    Jane McGonigal spoke about having “epic wins” by utilising “collaborative online environments” via games such as World of Warcraft.  These often put players (students) on the same level with the same values and same rules, forming bonds and trust where this often would not happen out in the ‘real’ world.  How many ‘loners’ do you see at lunchtime who come to the library to sit in separate areas and read.  Yet put them on a computer next to another student playing the same game and they are engaging with each other about scores, strategies, and new sites.  Image what could happen if we were able to get the ’21 billion people playing a game that matters to save the world’ as Jane suggested – I wouldn’t be surprised if Jane didn’t come up with it herself.

    I must admit that this week’s topic was not one that I was particularly interested in at first, but after reading the articles, then listening to the Elluminate presentation (sorry I wasn’t able to make the live session) and following some of Rhonda’s links from the Ning I feel more comfortable and informed about the use of gaming in the classroom. 

    Some of our teachers are already using games within their classrooms within programs such as ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Stop Disasters’.  I have to admit that we have always resisted allowing students to ‘play’ online games in the library and direct them to a ‘computer games club’ run at lunchtimes by a couple of teachers.  I shall pass on many of these links to our teachers, as they look at how to ‘engage’ their own students and create ‘integrated classrooms’ and ‘enriching curriculums’. 

    Now I’m off to play with my ‘Galaxy Invader 1000’, which generated much discussion at a recent family gathering and cries of  “I remember playing with that when…”  and  “my turn next” amongst not only the children but adults too!

    Galaxy Invader 1000

  2. Week 3 – Professional Learning – Part A

    May 16, 2010 by Lynn

    Week 3 started off just like any other week – work, home, play, study… then I became reacquainted with’ TED’  and I was once again addicted!  I watched James Cameron talk about his life as a small boy, allowed Bobby McFerrin to hack my brain in 3 minutes,  laughed at  Einstein the parrot and then I met 12-year old blogger Adora Svitak who believes that “learning between kids and teachers should be reciprocal” and that the world has much to learn from “childish” thinkers who are the leaders of tomorrow.  This reminded me why I was here and I started to explore all the other resources provided in this week’s PLN learning.

    TED started in 1984 showcasing ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design’ talks and has since grown into a phenomenal series of audio and video podcasts that available online for free, allowing access to “some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers” – I have watched many TED talks over the past couple of years and they are great to use as a starting point to many discussions or to lighten a moment.  I often check out links provided by other people which invariably leads to me spending an hour or more ‘looking and listing’ links that I may use later or forward on to others.

    Australia Series  is a part of ‘Learn Central’ which showcases discussions and PD events at ‘Australia-friendly’ times and with largely Australian educators.  The ”TechTalk Tuesdays’ are great sessions, which Anne Mirtschen has often created and are well worth visiting.  You can also sign up to Steve Hargadon’s twitter to find out more about the sessions on offer.

    FUSE professional learning links took me into the depths of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Develpment website and one that I shall be revisiting again to find out about a possible professional learning grant (looks like I just missed the cut off date for this year too – oh well!)

    The State Library of Victoria’s Programs and Events provides a world of learning for all age groups and it is just amazing to see what is on offer.  I often pop into the SLV (a friend of mine works there I must admit) and I loved taking my daughter in when she was young – at first she was amazed at the size of it and then when the ‘Experimedia’ section opened it was hard to get her out.  Linda Angeloni (‘ergo’ Education Officer) came along to a school staff meeting shortly after ‘ergo‘ was created and she was very enthusiastic about what it had to offer.  Quite a few of our staff agreed with her too.  It’s well worth asking to have someone out to explain what is on offer to both staff and students from this site.

    I noticed a few familiar names when going to the TL Virtual Cafe  for the first time – Buffy Hamilton who is far from the ‘unquiet librarian’ that her blog suggests and  Carolyn Foote who blogs about a ‘not so distant future’ of technology, libraries and schools.  This is yet another site for me to revisit when looking to the future of ICT in schools and two educators well worth following.

    #edchat tweets form an ‘ongoing’ meeting with no start or end time for topics.  Start a discussion by ‘tweeting’ about it, add the #edchat tag to your ‘tweet’ and see where it leads.  I like the thought of being a part of a discussion and not feel that you are being rude to the presenter when you have to leave part way through – you can always come back to it and catch up on the bits you missed too!

    Steve Hargadon is Elluminate’s Social Learning Consultant who blogs about educational technologyand is the founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network.  He is passionate about a number of issues and these are reflected in his blog posts and the many activities in which he is involved.  I have now added him to my Twitter followers and subscribed to the blog – again a person whom I can learn alot from.

    Edtechcrew – now if you are still reading this post then it is now time to confess that I do not have an iTunes account in fact I still use a sonywalkman Sony walkman when going for my early morning walks (I like listening to talk radio, early morning Red Symons and the news, oh and also finding out what time it is in case I’m running late!)  However I am going to investigate these Edtechcrew podcasts by downloading them into the ClickView system that we use in our school and who knows perhaps some other staff will be interested in them too.

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