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3rd Space Learning

3rd Space Learning

Does education have to take place in a formal school based environment? Is school truly the “Work of children”? In 1989 Ray Oldenburg proposed his

Mind Mapping Conversations

The tip of the tongue phenomena is a killer. The words just seem to freeze in the brain and refuse to come out. It is

Games and Activities

A presentation once asked the question, what is the difference between a game and an activity in an educational environment? The presenter went on to

The Achiever in the Classroom

Richard Bartle defined 4 types of players and how they enjoyed playing MUDs (precursors to MMORPGs). For a discussion of how these types map to

Over-succeeding

As teachers we want to see our students succeed. We want to see them accomplish the tasks we put in front of them and answer

Better Homework Different Homework

Three people walk into a doctor’s office. The first person has a headache. The doctor hands him two aspirin and a glass of water. The

The Grasshopper Review

“Everyone alive is in fact engaged in playing elaborate games, while at the same time believing themselves to be going about their ordinary affairs…..Whatever occupation

Student Choices In The Classroom

Sid Meier defined a game as “a series of interesting choices”. If what makes a game interesting are the choices that are available in it,

Enjoyable Failure?

Sometimes ideas about how education should move forward can come from unlikely places. Even something as simple as a smart phone app can raise some interesting

The Long Tail of Education

In 2006, Chris Anderson wrote “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More“. In it, he detailed how the advent

Cheating vs Smart Play

It is impossible to win a game and at the same time to break one of its rules. – The Grasshopper One of the major arguments