The ongoing HASTAC Scholars forum has just launched a new online discussion topic titled Participatory Play: Digital Games from Spacewar! to Virtual Peace, which thus far includes numerous references to work being done at the USC Game Innovation Lab. This topic is led by two graduate students at Duke University, and offers an opportunity for in-depth discussion of games as meaningful play. The longer you wait, the more there is to read, so add your voice to the forum now!
Jabari Mahiri from the UC Berkeley School of Education will present a talk titled “Digital Teachers: Engaging New Literacies in Urban Schools” as part of the Annenberg Research Park Colloquium series 11:00-12:00 on Tuesday November 18 at Kerckhoff Hall.
This presentation discusses research from an 18 month university/public school collaboration and intervention that begin in the summer preceding and continued through the 2007 – 08 academic school year. The research took place in the challenging setting of an urban, continuation high school in Northern California. The the main goal of this research was to develop and document an approach to teacher professional development that integrated effective principles of teaching with successful strategies for digitally mediating student learning. Teachers were supported and guided in developing perspectives and skills needed to take greater advantage of new media and new information sources in conjunction with relevant connections to youth experiences and interests.
I apologize for this break in protocol – Jonathan McIntosh’s new election remix video is just too brilliant to exclude for not being “interactive” on the eve of the election.
If it’s participatory culture you want, I also recommend Moveon.org’s excellent viral video engine to increase voter turnout. In a few seconds you can send a message to all your friends encouraging them to vote…and not for just anyone.