Connected Thoughts and People

I’ve been taking a break from technology (stuck in forest for a week with the family and no signal!) – It got me back in the zone again and also gave me a chance to do some reading. I’ve been reading “A Theory of Fun” (for game design) by Raph Koster. It’s a very lighthearted look at the whole game culture and well worth a read. It covers quite complex ideas in a way that doesn’t make them boring. It’s given me a few ideas which I’ll get down in a post when I have more time to work them up into something that doesn’t sound lame!

I’ve also been looking at Michael Wesch’s Library of Congress talk which is also in some senses inspirational and some senses slightly disconcerting. I love the bit about the rage culture and also about the mimicking that takes place on YouTube. People do use internet to communicate in a different way and these interactions are not something that should be taken lightly (but possibly lightheartedly).

The video blogging is interesting, personally I’d hate to video blog because I’d feel it was like talking to a huge audience of unknown people whose reaction you cannot judge, therefore it seems to me like performing on a world stage and not personal enough for me, I like to connect with people before revealing myself. Wesch discusses this in the talk and also the people on YouTube talk to YouTube so there are methods people use to define their audience.

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I’m very much taken by the changes on our culture that Wesch talks about (away from local stores to big supermarkets etc.) and the disconnection and the effect this has on the people and perhaps explaining why we are using such a myriad of means to keep in touch with each other.

I love the bit about the anonymity and rage too. People using this to feel free to express themselves.

Gaming with Jo..

I wanted to introduce people to Jo Iacovides who is doing work with me working as a research student in the Institute of Educational Technology looking at “seventh generation games and learning” (..surely games have no place in education I hear you cry!)

Her blog is http://joiacovides.blogspot.com/ – I’m looking forward to reading her thoughts on the subject over the coming months and to see what direction her research takes.

Gaming for learning (again)..

Sorry to repeat myself but my kids have been playing Buzz on the PS2, it’s about to be released ont he PS3 (sorry I can’t find the link but I’ll add it later), basically it allows you to create your own quizzes and play against each other in different team or solo scenarios. I haven’t played it myself yet but the kids love it. It sounds like it’s along the same lines as the Big Brain Academy. When I get more time I’m going to do a proper evaluation of what I like and dislike about these and why they might have a place at the heart of distance learning in the future! (or otherwise much like reading blogs a useful informal source of trivia)