Advent Calendar 2009

18 - Why Video Games Are Good For You

It is crys­tal ball time again. This time we are talk­ing about the future of edu­ca­tion. The claim: Game design­ers = Teachers. The pre­sen­ter: Tim Hart. An instruc­tion­al or learn­ing tech­nol­o­gist at the University of Maine in the USA. His pre­sen­ta­tion (with the title prob­a­bly some­what inspired by Steven Johnson’s book “Everything Good is Bad for You”) is about the poten­tial of dig­i­tal games for learn­ing and edu­ca­tion. It is part­ly a rant, part­ly vision­ary. I find it well-craft­ed and com­pre­hen­sive. He begins by out­lin­ing a num­ber of good resources on his top­ic and starts talk­ing about the gen­er­a­tion V (the cur­rent­ly 5-year-olds) and their expec­ta­tion of the future edu­ca­tion sys­tem. Kids that will live and breathe Microsoft Project Natal, brows­er games, the Zii (or Cii, Bii, Oii, Yii as it is spec­u­lat­ed), min­gle with friends in the next Facebook and PlayStation Home, and expect all movies to have the lev­el of sophis­ti­ca­tion that Avatar is cur­rent­ly show­ing. On slide 30, he has a car­toon ques­tion­ing whether we should be teach­ing our kids the old-fash­ioned way it is often still done. Continue read­ing

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Advent Calendar 2009

12 - The Future of Social Networking with Augmented Reality

Welcome to the trans­par­ent life of the future. Although this might be a bit off top­ic, I want­ed to include it here in the advent spe­cial as well. Matthew Buckland from South Africa, head of 20FourLabs.com, deliv­ered a strik­ing and bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion about the Future Of Social Networking. He out­lines how infor­ma­tion about peo­ple, objects and loca­tions could become instant­ly acces­si­ble with the next gen­er­a­tion of mobile devices. The mock­ups are excel­lent and the vision is not too aloof to become true one day. Have a look at this vision­ary pre­sen­ta­tion below: Continue read­ing

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