iTeachers and students need iMuseums
Jun07

iTeachers and students need iMuseums

Great article on page 3 of the Brisbane Courier Mail, Saturday 6th June, about 21st century students having different needs. They quote Prof Nairn, Exective director of the Australian Secondary Principals Association.  ‘If students don’t learn the way we teach, we have got to teach the way they learn.’ It seems iTeachers are tech savvy, drawing on students skills and curiosity. He says, ‘It’s about how do...

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Digital Foreigners, Storytelling and the i-generation
May31

Digital Foreigners, Storytelling and the i-generation

Below is the transcript of a Seven minute ‘lightning talk I gave at the recent Museums Australia (MA) ‘Meet Day’ at Sydney’s Maratime museum – a prequel to the national Museums Australia conference.  The meet day, for the first time, brought together three special interest groups of MA – the Educators, Digital experts and Evaluators. My talk addresses bridging digital divides through students...

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The Museum Game
Oct11

The Museum Game

This blog continues the series on Digital Games and Learning.  Today’s blog looks at a great use of iPads at the Australian National Museum. The Museum game is a very clever use of I-pads in a museum.  The game was designed by the National Museum, Canberra.  It is a brilliant example of using some of the best features of digital gaming, and creating an absorbing learning game.  There is not even a whiff of broccoli about this...

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Of Airports and Angry Birds
Oct10

Of Airports and Angry Birds

This post continues the series on Digital Games and Learning.  Rebecca Fraser, a Melbourne author, shares her perspective about ipads and learning, from watching her five year old’s learning at the airport.   For the past year my husband and I have been debating whether to purchase an iPad for our son. We reasoned it would be an excellent source of entertainment and education, as well as exposing him to interactive technology...

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The slow drip, drip, drip feed of violence
Oct08

The slow drip, drip, drip feed of violence

This blog continues the series about Gaming and Learning.  It poses the questions about the more insidious learning that might be happening around violence. I suspect most parents would have a bit of a niggling feeling about the violence that creeps into the house along with the games.    What exactly might they be learning?  Of course with games, the kids aren’t passively taking it in, as with a TV show (be it news or show),...

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Impressing the Principal  – with gaming?
Oct07

Impressing the Principal – with gaming?

 This blog continues the series of Digital Games and Learning – looking at Age of Empires. I squirmed.  The leather chair was cold against my skin.  The principal’s manner was friendly enough.  The interview seemed to be going well, but I wondered, does he know?  I glanced over at my son. He was relaxed but leaning forward in his chair.  The principal was leaning forward too, fully engaged in Christopher’s telling of...

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