It seems like such a long time ago, but it wasn’t much more than a year ago when Rich Moran, a Miami alum and advisor for AIMS, planted the seed with Peg and I. He said “you know – you can bring us folks from the Bay Area to Oxford all you want, but students [...]
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This spring Miami design professor Helen Armstrong traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to lead a participatory design workshop with University of Tennessee juniors.
The assignment: Find 20 people who have something unusual in common. Construct a flexible identity and supporting system through which the 20 users, and others like them, can coalesce as a community. The original [...]
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Altimeter Group recently released an eye-opening report detailing the lack of social business readiness characteristic of the vast majority of organizations. The consequences are huge: more than 75% social media crises the researchers analyzed could have been diminished or averted if companies had invested in social business requirements. Lead author of the report, Jeremiah Owyang, chronicles [...]
I teach IMS211, our introductory Game Studies course. A few weeks ago, we had a seminar discussion on gaming communities and how social media such as Twitter have facilitated easier interaction between game players/fans and game developers. During discussion, I took out my phone and tweeted the following: “Hey, if you work in games, can [...]
Author note: This post is an early draft of a manuscript co-authored by Todd Edwards, Suzanne Harper, Nick Shay, and Jennifer Edwards.
According to the National Education Association (NEA), approximately 5 million English language learners (ELLs) are currently enrolled in K-12 classrooms in the United States. In the past 15 years, the number of [...]
It was, it still is, but will it continue to be? Especially given the ongoing threat to “net neutrality” by telecommunications firms attempting to exert greater commercial control over the Internet and by the FCC, who, depending on your point of view, is either caving in to the desires of the telecommunications industry (Internet service [...]
A recent article in Ad Age explores consumer responses to banal Twitter and Facebook posts sent on behalf of brands. They’re not just banal, they are very characteristic of simple back-and-forth dialogue between friends. Something like:
Brand: “Have a good Thanksgiving.”
Consumer: “Yeah, you too.”
To the astonishment of many, myself included, consumers are very willing to participate [...]
I recently was reading a tweet from AIMS’ Sean Duncan about Bradley’s Johnson’s “Lame Castle” game and have been reflecting on the power of parody. Moreover, I have been struck by a series of events and products in recent times that have all realized a concept borne in parody and seen it through. Here is [...]
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who has banned the use of cellphones while driving in Ontario, and their use in his own cabinet meetings, has recently gone on record saying that he believes that the ban on cellphones in the classroom should be lifted . In his statement, McGuinty says:
“There’s a right way and a wrong [...]
Technology has an important role to play in helping teachers – particularly those new to the profession – deal with the many challenges they face on a daily basis. Social media, in particular, can help alleviate feelings of isolation common among classroom teachers. In this post, I share an example assignment that pre-service mathematics teachers complete in the course Mathematics: History and Technology (EDT 265) at Miami University that acquaints them with inexpensive teaching and communication tools that will serve them well as practicing teachers.