I keep telling people, parents and teachers, that the important thing is to make sure that kids get some experience of technology beyond mere consumption, and that preferably, they learn to create with it. I’m worried, though. Are we falling into another kind of consumption? Continue reading “The Consumption”
Here’s a game which allows you to just muck around with rockets and things. It’s wonderful, and I’ve sunk more time into this game than Skyrim. Here’s why.
Watching ABC TV’s Good Game cover the recent E3 convention, I have to admit I was struck by just how dull the line-up was from the major games studios. Do we really need more sequels? Do any of them have anything new to offer? How many first person shooters can we create before the genre grows so stale it can sustain its own mould cultures? Continue reading “Motion Capture Ain’t Gonna Do It”
A lucid, if idealistic account of the role that games can play in improving the world around us while making us happier and more engaged human beings. Continue reading “Recommended: Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal”
In which I rant about the impending demise of the Australian Government’s school computers program, and try to see some positives in the never-ending game of bait-and-switch that is education funding. Continue reading “No More Laptops for You!”
Sometimes, in our clamour to embrace or to rage against new technology, we forget that certain problems aren’t always as new as they might seem. Those worried about the devolution of language in our digital era would do well to reflect on some history. Continue reading “Devolution Shmevolution”
Douglas Rushkoff presents an interesting perspective on computing in the classroom over at Edutopia. He talks about why making technology invisible in learning isn’t necessarily a good thing. Well worth a read.
I was raised back in the day when teachers showed 16mm films in the classroom. It was a special event: the A/V librarian would wheel in an aqua-colored Bell & Howell projector, one of us nerdy types would wind the film through the various rollers, the screen would come down, the lights would go off and the magic would begin. Even the most boring film was still surrounded by this specialness, which set it apart from business-as-usual in the classroom.
What I love about this laptop is its utility. It’s not minimalist per se, but understated, which is just as well, because this laptop has plenty to boast about. Continue reading “The Lenovo ThinkPad X230”
How do we train students to use the interface we can’t imagine yet? Continue reading “Memorising Stories”
Do we still need folder hierarchies? Apple, and Oliver Reichenstein don’t seem to think so. I discuss. Continue reading “Folder im Folder”