Making Games for Learning

Over the last two and a half years, a significant portion of my research work has been related to game design for learning. I do this work under the auspices of my research assistantship work with Dr. Yasmin Kafai at UPenn GSE. Four our research, I have designed and facilitated several workshops for middle and high school […]

High School: Reflections on cinéma vérité

As I slowly make my way into the world of film and filmmaking as a research method – I have had my first encounter with a classic observational film: Fred Wiseman’s High School. The film was shot during five weeks in 1968 at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. There is no narrator, no titles or […]

Tabula Rasa

NYS 4th grade math assessment excerpt   Please note bullet two in the above image: “student can erase quickly so that they do not have to suffer the evidence of their mistake.”Or bullet one, “the teacher can respond to a hole in student understanding and skills.” Or perhaps I should refer to bullet three: “students love […]

Time

The summer has been a nice respite from an otherwise busy academic year. Perhaps what is unique about it is the amount of quiet time I’ve had to sit with ideas, develop and respond to questions and try things out. For example, one day I spent nearly twelve hours working on some sample Scratch projects […]