viernes, 29 de noviembre de 2013

The Future of Storytelling: Creative Task of the Week No.4/5

My inspirational books:

Casa Tomada, Julio Cortázar (Casa Tomada , here´s the story that gives the name to the book)
Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges Ficciones

Why do I like these books?  They are short story books, the writers play with the language and different situations, the stories are original and contain twists or novel points of views, the settings are not only in Argentina but in other (sometimes imaginary or not) countries.  Surprinsingly as it is with most things in life, everything is connected and I like the fact that these writers had the capacity to use the language in a playful way to tell stories and that Cortázar´s novel Hopscotch is designed in a way which could resemble the mechanics of game design in the sense that you can "hop" from here to there and you would always get a different story.  To discover different things everytime you approach it, that is a good piece of art.

What fascinated or impressed me most after listening and watching the material about Digital Games contained in Unit 5

Reluctant at first got bored first chapters didn´t connect not much impressed or interested in the example games, mainly because I have never played online games, or bought my children any xbox or PS2,3, x because 1: too expensive, 2: I wasn´t fascinated by the idea of having a child or myself sitting at the computer screen for such a long time.  However things got better when we arrived at the podcast and the numerous suggestions below the page.  What I liked was the graphics of the Flower and The Legend of Zelda, perfect for children and the idea of having an application that helps parents put children to bed is something I would have LOVED to have but 16 years ago, (mine are all adolescents now!): Nighty Night
I found the soundtrack from The Last Door  particularly beautiful, but I don´t know if I will ever play that game, however I have listened to the first three songs several times, congratulations to Carlos Viola!  This also made me acknowledge the amount of artists involved in the creative process of such a complex thing as a game.
I have to say that before sitting down to write this I decided to take a look at how my fellow moocers had decided to answer this creative task.  What I first came across was a review of this game: Journey and as I read the review my own reflection was affected.  Now I wanted to try out a game, just because this one was nothing like the ones which had been shown so far.
It would be fair to say that the only reason why I did not directly skip this chapter was because I intended to attend The MachinEVO session next January, 2014 and I thought that this chapter would provide me with relevant materials for my future plan.  As it is usually the case, being able to approach the industry of games in this way provided me with many clues as to what makes a good game, how they are made and played, what´s in fashion and the future of games.

jueves, 21 de noviembre de 2013

Global Ed Conf, Day 4

My session!!
Well, what to say!  This has been an amazing experience, so much learning with people who helped me during each and every step of the process, from submitting the proposal to the very time of the session.  It was such a thrill to see all my friends in the participant´s box! I felt at home while at the same time I passed to other teachers all the good things I have gained out of being connected for such a short time.

Link to MP4 Recording
(you will have to download this to watch)
Link to MP3 Recording
(you have to download this too, to enjoy while driving to work, perhaps, :))

Antonio Delgado´s Session

Modelo DRAP

Diseño de Ecologías de Aprendizaje

miércoles, 20 de noviembre de 2013

Global Ed Conference, Day 3

Emily Longenecker´s session

Complex World, Simple Strategies: Towards deeper global understanding in the classroom

I was drawn to the presentation of this session and found it so interesting that I will post the link to the recording because there´s just too much information and I want to have it handy!

Jennifer Russel, from IEarn USA.
The idea of video blogging is tempting and I have used it before with my friend Abby, a teacher of Spanish, but here the students examples were awesome!

Fabiana Casella´s Session
Fabiana talked about her experience as a teacher of Spanish in USA as an international exchange educator, and the challenges she had to face, how she overcame them and what she got from it.

Anne Mirtschin and Lorraine Leo´s session

Link to document with useful sites to get started with global projects.

An example of how collaboration works for the benefit of many. Key ingredients: enthusiasm, mutual support and respect. I´m so proud of these two ladies!

Global Ed Conf, Day 2.

Jorge Alberto Becerra

Academia de Tecnologías Libres y Social Media
Agenda de Conferencia Global en Español

Vance Steven´s Session
As usual my friend Vance amazed us by showing LIVE how to set up and run Google Hangout on Air, with all the possibilities of adding collaborative note taking and live broadcasting.  A daring enterprise which he successfully accomplished.

Recording of Vance´s Session, good to have as a tutorial reference.

martes, 19 de noviembre de 2013

Global Ed Conference, Day 1

Useful links to the conference day 1, Monday November 18th, 2013.

These are the links and brief notes I took while listening tot he sessions that I was able to attend, I couldn´t attend ALL of them but I will catch up with recording later on.

Todd Conaway

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Mike Furdyk´s Session

Social network for social good.  Collaborative projects in over 13 languages created by educators and students.

Mike is someone who had to cope with something that was not taught at school.  Went to the web for help.

Highlight: "Speak up." Support for student´s ideas.  Grants for students´generated ideas to improve their schools.

Kate Sutton Jones´Session
Tips for community learning.
Choose learning goals.
Build a network.
Importance of safe environment!
Adult learners´characteristics, ie learning styles, preferences, etc.
Provide multiple varieties of participation, experiences, not only one way to do things.
ENJOY! That´s precisely what I do when I attend these kind of PD!
Where to start networking and learning

Twitter, Google+Communities, Online courses

Students without borders academy : Dave Fehr, from BC, Canada, offered to help teachers who want to collaborate on Global Education.