Disney ‘Connected Learning’ Aims To Infuse Games with Learning
Posted by Darren Ng
Corcoran, B. (2013). Disney ‘Connected Learning’ aims to infuse games with learning. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2013-02-06-disney-connected-learning-aims-to-infuse-games-with-learning
Disney has been developing games with learning in mind. A marriage of entertainment and education. Game designers and educators are collaborating to produce games that can hopefully be both “fun” and support “learning”.
Unfortunately there is not any research provided in this article as to whether or not the efforts of Disney to “infuse games with learning” has been successful. As of the writing of this article it is still too soon to know if their efforts have had the impact that they intend. There are too few games at the moment designed with these teaching goals in mind, and the games that do exist have not incorporated all of the concepts that the game designers and educators hope to teach. This is a great idea and one that has gained a lot of STEAM.
Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Is Racial Bias Harmless? Derek Wing Sue
Summary:Space does not allow me to elaborate the harmful impact of racial microaggressions, but I summarize what the research literature reveals. Although they may appear like insignificant slights, or banal and trivial in nature, studies reveal that racial microaggressions have powerful detrimental consequences to people of color. They have been found to: (a) assail the mental health of recipients, (b) create a hostile and invalidating work or campus climate, (c) perpetuate stereotype threat, (d) create physical health problems, (e) saturate the broader society with cues that signal devaluation of social group identities, (f) lower work productivity and problem solving abilities, and (g) be partially responsible for creating inequities in education, employment and health care.
Evaluation: An eye-opening article about the “little” things (slights) that may happen each day in the classroom, possibly, to any student. The perspective is from an Asian American’s viewpoint who speaks to what he sees going on around him and incidents that draw attention to this very real problem.
In this ethnographic study of a group of African American first graders, Anne Haas Dyson illustrates the textual processes-the deliberate manipulation of popular cultural material–involved in the children’s shared practices as playful children and good friends. These same processes shaped the ways the children made sense of and began to participate in school literacy. The observed children did not approach official literacy activities in their classroom as though they had nothing to do with their own childhoods. They made use of familiar media-influenced practices and symbolic material to take intellectual and social action in the official school world. Dyson offers a fresh perspective on children’s experiences with popular media, emphasizing that they are an integral aspect of contemporary childhoods, not an external threat. Moreover, she presents an alternative view of the pathways and mechanisms through which children enter into school literacy practices, one that illuminates how children build from the very social and symbolic stuff of their own childhoods. (pp. 328-361).
Very fluid and informative article on the multi-modal ways children assimilate new information and learn effectively. The reader receives an honest snapshot in the day of the life.
School literacy, African American 1st graders, multiple literacies, childhood, girls
Posted by Karen Kotchka
Boyd, Danah. (2014) It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Yale University Press: New Haven, CT.
This full-length book is a well-written study that compiles and analyzes the results of on-the-ground research into how teenagers use social media. It talks about the reasons and the ways that teens communicate and the platforms they use as well as addressing some of the dangers and problems that are real or that adults think are a problem with teens and social media. Boyd also addresses the importance of digital literacy and how some teens are device savvy without being necessarily able to critically examine what is being put out there.
I thought this book was an excellent resource for any adult working with teenagers today. It contained origianl thought as well as honest research and would be helpful to gain insight into how social media can be understood and exploited for learning.