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Merlin John Online Post

Friday, November 8th, 2013

You can see Adobe Generation (and me!) featured on this Merlin John Online post, as John talks about how totally awesome #AdobeGen is.

Chicago Ideas Week - Indoor Recess

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Yesterday, as part of Chicago Ideas Week, I went to the Chicago office of IDEO to work on an exciting brief: “How can we design for indoor recess? Chicago Public schools don’t have a lot of space for indoor recess and it could be used more efficiently. Students don’t have a lot of time so activities and space needs to be directed and accessible for group break-outs.” We went through the entire design process in 10 hours, using Mitchell Elementary School as a prototype, and came up with some great solutions for fun and safe indoor recess.

Listen: Explaining remote sensing remotely

Monday, January 17th, 2011


In a reversal of what we’ve done in the past of me teaching students in the UK, my colleague Ian Usher (with some help from Greg Hodgson) taught Photography and Imaging to students here in Chicago as part of the UBMS program. He brought on some fascinating guests and did an amazing job of teaching, giving me lots of ideas for my next online course! One of his guests, Dr. Mat Disney, was recently featured in the University College London site for the work he did with us!

All in the Game Plan

Friday, October 1st, 2010


There’s a nice article this month by Jack Kenny in TES about the games course. It’s getting me all excited about the directions we are going to take it this year. We’re hoping to branch out to new subject areas and refine the way we teach in our online courses, getting more students more interested in and prepared for STEM careers!

Chalfonts scores high with Games Design

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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Merlin John followed up his article for Futurelab with another piece on the Games Design Workshop on his own site, MerlinJohnOnline. In this article, you learn a little more about what I really found exciting about the course … that game design and teaching in an online format were really just vehicles for getting the students to be introspective about their educational path.

You also see a picture of me when I was 25. I should demand that everyone use this photo from now on.

Welcome to ‘the zone of optimal challenge’

Thursday, June 10th, 2010


Woo! Merlin John has posted a great article about our games course in today’s Futurelab! He did a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the class and boy, does he make me sound good!

Everyone’s Talking about ITP!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
There was lots of buzz about ITP this weekend.

First, NPR’s On  the Media showed up at the Spring Show and had a great interview with  some students and Clay Shirky.  Then, the BBC put on their front page  a really nice slideshow of the Spring Show.

Both of these  stories make any [...]

Redefining the Role of the Teacher

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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In today’s Adobe Education Leader blog post, Redefining the Role of the Teacher, Johanna Riddle does a good job of outlining a lot of what us AELs try to practice (she also mentions me in the article!). As adults in education, our role is mainly that of organizing, delegating and managing. Once that’s done, the students have a clear playing field in which they can orchestrate their own learning in a challenging and engaging way.

iVOTE! on iTunes U!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, Northwestern recently joined Duke, MIT, Cambridge, Stanford and Yale as a provider of free intellectual video content on iTunes U. Aside from just academic material, iTunes U also disseminates News@Northwestern. Last week, they released a story on iVOTE! ‘08, featuring the students of Lincoln Middle School and … me!

AIT Interview

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Recently, Bob Davis and I were interviewed by the Agency for Instructional Technology. AIT is a major provider of instructional technology videos, software, CDs, and DVDs. Check out the interview in Technos!