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Participant Observers

Participant Observers

Sorry vtclis12ers… I feel a little late to the party.  I’m sitting here blogging my written portion of the meta-team project and think I’m going to take a bit of a different twist on it.  For one reason, I drafted the text about the story of the medianauts here and don’t want to be redundant.  Also, […]

Mastery, mystery, and…?

Mastery, mystery, and…?

As I read Turkle’s essay on video games, I am truly shocked at just how universal it seems.  While the medium seems to be focused on “techies” or “sci-fi/fantasy aficionados,” I am struck by how the motivations for gaming seem to boil down to two powerful, essential drives in our lives – mastery and mystery. […]

Both and.

Both and.

(Sorry LDRSers, this post probably won’t make too much sense unless you”ve read “Immigrant” by Simak) I just finished the reading and I am struck by to seemingly opposite notions – a both/and rather than an either/or.  Fortunately, I feel like I am in good company, as I’m not the only one “Out of This […]

Unintended consequences.

Unintended consequences.

I struggled trying to blog yesterday after reading the excerpt from “Deschooling Society” by Illich.  It was one of those moments where there are so many things that you want to say, that you actually say nothing.  I often felt the same in class today – we were all riled up and sometimes it was […]

Choose your own adventure.

Choose your own adventure.

(Sorry LDRS 1016ers, this post may not be your cup of tea…) Viola and McCloud should be/must be cronies.  It is interesting to see how they use different media as “ins” into the same essential idea of multiple ways through the same material.  For McCloud, we studied the circular comic and wondered at the different […]

Frames

Frames

In vtclis12 class on Thursday we had our second discussion of McCloud’s comments.  I think we could all agree that it was a day of subtle tricks that unlocked powerful concepts for us all.  It started with Julie’s reading of the comic from right to left (GASP!) and followed with Adam’s link between the comic […]

Time

Time

McClouds comics were rather interesting – I particularly liked his notions that comics could present time elapsing in a single frame and also how past, present, and future can all be displayed simultaneously.  It reminds me of some of McLuhan and his “with instant speed the causes of things began to emerge with awareness again, […]

ePortfolios, collateration, and “integra

ePortfolios, collateration, and “integrated knowledge”

One of the tools that teachers and students alike either seem to love or hate are ePortfolios.  Like most tools, I think they can be used to great benefit in teaching and learning but they also have a number of ways they can be completely ineffective.  I was writing a short narrative the other day […]

Meta-Medium

Meta-Medium

“Self-awareness is more useful for sophisticated self-congratulation than for readiness to go out onto that unknown plain with the Red Crosse Knight, Una, the dwarf, and the donkey.” <dripping with the sarcasm accordant any devout curator/champion/nomad of the meta-level> I have found that blogging with the frequency we discussed in vtclis12 class is very difficult […]

Perspective.

Perspective.

<vtclis12-ers, sorry if this post isn’t your cup of tea.  I’m taking advantage of the freedom (protean nature) granted by Alan Kay being our recent author to say something on my mind.> One of the things I think I love the most about my typical day-to-day is that I am constantly being poked, prodded, and […]