In Percy Bates’s class on School Reform, I once stated “Education doesn’t need an evolution, but a revolution.” Now, it seems like someone agrees with me.
How Humans Can Win the Race Against the Machines
Christopher Mims points out some of the same arguments I posited in class. The current education system is broken. Technology has changed almost every other industry. No one currently knows how to properly use technology in education.
All of these points are valid, but I think the major problem is no school district is willing to take the chance and implement any of these changes. It is taking entrepreneurs who are donating money to education to lead the way. (See Mark Zuckerberg and Laurene Jobs) But even these donations are a drop in the bucket of the $1.3 trillion industry.
When will we have the market disrupting technology on education, like the ones we had on Commerce, Travel, and Commuting?
We were discussing concepts for teaching children how to use technology and physical computing in Chris’s Software Design for Learning class. He brought in two products –
Here is my reaction to the reading for Week 8 of Kevin Miller’s class –
The TIMMS study and the various analyses pointed out a few of the major problems in education in America. The most pointed of these problems is the growth of inequality in America. Students from more affluent areas get better teachers and therefore are more likely to succeed. This inequality seems to be exacerbated by some of the best intentions – Teach for America.
Here is my response to the readings from Barry Fishman’s class –
Badges can be a great way to entice and motivate people, as seen with the Boy Scouts and various websites. But it is also a double-edged sword, since it can cause jealousy and people to lose their motivation. When a child sees a peer being rewarded while he/she is not, they may see it as his/her failure rather than the other student’s success. This is why grades are given to students in private. The solution of having the child choose if the badge is visible will be undone by peer-pressure. Students will be coerced into sharing their badges or be seen as failing.
So I think I will start posting interesting links I find. Probably more helpful for me to find interesting stuff I have read, or should read.
Pooping well is hard work.
Give it up for the 818!
Who knew?!? Apparently I have been studying wrong my entire life. I never realized it until this weeks reading for my Cognition and Learning class. Highlighting is not very effective. Visualizing is moderately effective. But the most effective seems to be self-testing. You should test yourself on everything you read.
I haven’t posted anything here for a while. I guess maybe now is as good a time as any.
I guess I will start with some of my work from classes. Maybe some reading reactions or thoughts on projects I am working on.
Or maybe just some of my crazy ideas.
While I was studying for my Masters at ITP, I was fortunate enough to design a game concept of my choosing. I decided to do something more socially responsible, designing a game to educate players about Safe Sex Techniques, without being overtly about sex. Here is a link to my thesis – Stop The Infections!!
Its been almost a week since GDC ended, and I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and write some thoughts on it. So here, without further ado are my personal thoughts on the amazing event.
And if you are interested in working in the game industry, it’s a great place to meet people in the industry and get involved.