Feel constrained by 200 words? How about 6?

Students in EDUC 222 know that the limit on weekly reading reactions is a paltry 200 words. How are you supposed to express your deep understanding of the readings in only 200 words? Here’s something to make you feel better.

Sebastian Wernicke, speaking at TEDx Zurich 2011, demonstrates the potential of boiling all TED talks down to just 6 words. Starting with over 2.3 million words across all TED talks currently on the web, Wernicke cut things back by 99.9997%! See for yourself below.

Next time you are working on a reading reaction, instead of feeling hemmed in by “only” having 200 words, think about starting with 6 words, and enjoy the extra 194!

McGonigal TED Talk

To compliment the great post below (perfect timing!), I wanted to add Jane McGonigal’s TED talk where she discusses how gaming can improve in the near future.  For anyone that is unfamiliar with TED, it is a series of lectures ranging from artistic demonstrations to highly technical science research with person’s world renowned in their respective fields.  The talks are usually brief and extremely interesting.  How often, besides every Tuesday-Thursday of course, do we get to listen to a brilliant lecture? Check out this link to hear what McGonigal has to say.

Augmented Reality

So, Eric K. spoke about how we can use mobile phones to augment reality and learning.  There are other groups working on this, not necessarily from a K12 educational standpoint, but from an everyday use and just-in-time / need-to-know learning standpoint….

Are Video Games Good for Society?

There is an interview with Jane McGonigal on Slate.com today. For those of you who haven’t heard of Jane, she’s a game designer with an awesome approach to being… well, awesome! She explores this in a well loved TED Talk (posted here for your viewing pleasure), and in a new book that is now available called Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

not exactly human

Seeing how we’ve looked at the involvement of learning in games, this TED Talk brings attention to a crow’s ability to learn. Not exactly video games, but it’s still a game with a reward system.

I think whats also interesting here is how ‘intelligence’ is defined. As seen in previous readings for this class, intelligence in education is equated to memorization of facts, and getting the letter grade. Here intelligence is clearly defined by the ability to learn, and adapt.

More on play

If you enjoyed Scot Osterweil’s discussion of play from today’s class, here’s something else to check out:

Stuart Brown founded the National Institute for Play, and he’s the author of the book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (which is on sale for less than $7 on Amazon right now!).