The education narrative, what’s the impact? #NAPLAN

What is our story? What is the narrative of our education system in Australia? What makes it unique and what makes it similar to other places around the world? This is one of the things that I have found interesting during my Hardie Fellowship, listening to the narrative of the USA education system and then […]

Videos from today #vrhackmini

Lots has happened today. For an overview view this mashup of the day http://www.magisto.com/embed/N1YMPQkVSiw2DwxhCzE?l=vem&o=w&c=b To gain a perspective on what it all means to students who have been involved watch the following videos: Knowclue’s (an organiser of the event) perspective of the Virtual Reality Hackathon Mini:

More pitches # workinglunch #vrhackmini

Lunch has just finished. Most chose to have a working lunch over pizza, the hackathoners dream food. So we continue to explore what the students are doing – what problems are they solving. Our team is called EMS Hackathoners and is made up of Wills Jonathan and Gio. We are improving our school community, we […]

Pitches continued at #VRhackmini

It is exciting watching the pitches developing into reality. Izzy and Shuran have been outside checking to see if their game works with regard to GPS activation of the wolves they have set up to chase players. While other team members work on the art work. Reha gets support with regard to the code she is using […]

Kids give pitches re initial ideas at #VRhackmini

There are some awesome pitches to start the day off – check them out! Team Wired, consisting of Ishan, Kris, Reha, and Garrett, is looking to build an astronomical education game. Through Unity, we will design a VR experience which educates you about our solar system. It will be using the Oculus Rift, to make […]

#VRHackmini is underway

This morning I got up extra early (before 7 – yes that is early!) for an exciting day, a hackathon for kids. We are at the Bergen Makerspace. There is something so cool about being a mere observer. There is something so cool about being in a room of excited kids who are keen to […]

Thoughts about #Minecraft – digital identity

Since attending the #MinecraftLA Educators summit I have been thinking about the notion of identity and citizenship in the digital space. This is obviously something that I have thought about before, but this time I am considering how we allow this to play out in our classes and schools with regard to using Minecraft. It […]

What motivates us?

Over the last 24 hours I have been considering many things. As I have done this, one underlying factor keeps coming up and that is what motivates us. This question was raised in a conversation that I had with another person on Friday. I have since been thinking about it in relation to research. What […]

The Big G of Games

A few weeks ago I attended a webinar where James Gee presented on the Big G of games. It is always a pleasure to listen to James Gee and consider the aspects of gaming that he unpacks. He has certainly given me insight into the concept of skills learnt and the literacy associated with game […]

Does everything need to be educational? #Minecraft

I skimmed over The Myth of the Minecraft Curriculum a few days ago and then was reminded about it again this morning due to a friend tweeting it my way. It was also posted in the Minecraft in Education Google+ community and at the time I did not comment on it. However, after my friend tweeted it to me I decided […]

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