John Fallon and Pual Darvasi discuss alternate reality gaming in the classroom. In their breakdown of "Blind Protocol" they discuss how teaching English Language class turns into an exercise in holistic literacy where knowledge becomes, in the Deweyesque sense, actionable upon the context of the immediate environment. Fallon and Darvasi are gaming pioneers who, impatient with the slow rate of change in education, create a way to mix physical and digital sensory reality with that of mental representation.
Wiktor Przybylski and Jakub Kowalik run Hackerspace Krakow and here they discuss the freedoms of learning in a Hackerspace compared to work and school environments.
M. H. Rahmani explains the prolonged space of problem defining in the process of making. His thesis project, reFrame, serves as an example of making as a long process for investigating scientific, psychological, philosophical inquiry. John Dewey called for "Art as Science". This talk breaks down interdisciplinary "technologies".
Sylvia Martinez discusses the need for teacher time and continued development of theory of knowledge, the updated Invent to Learn 2019 edition, and the upcoming Constructing Modern Knowledge make space she and Gary Stager host every summer.
Dr. Robert Sommer, author of Personal Space, the Behavioral Basis of Design discusses his seminal work. Dr. Sommer elaborates on learning spaces and the multitude of perspectives with a single learning space.
Dr. Stephanie Cox Suarez discusses her experiences with documentation with the Project Zero Making Learning Visible project and her work with the Reggio Emilia approach. Here she touches on themes of the importance of documenting group learning, using repeated viewing of documentation, and stresses not the capture of the learning artifact but the unpacking.
Yoon Jeon Kim, research scientist from MIT Playful Journey Lab joins Journeys in Podcasting to discuss her work with Playful Assessments, methods for keeping formative assessment a co-construction between teachers and students.
Journeys in Podcasting continues the theme of "Hacking Active Learning Spaces" by inviting Apple Distinguished Educator and author Monica Burns to discuss the potentials of augmented reality in the classroom. (from a 2016 podcast session)
*audio glitches, recorded on Google Hangouts
Angela Stockman, author of Make Writing, Hacking the Writer's Workshop, and Hacking School Culture, discusses her experience mixing writer's workshop with maker centered learning. Angela talks about her visit to Reggio Emilia and the maker approach to early childhood.
Note: internet connections were a challenge, the audio clarity is limited, but the ideas discusses are incredible.
Music: the mini loop remix is from Snail Mail "Pristine".
Epunk of C-base, the mothership of hacker spaces dedicates a part of his afternoon to discuss the GDPR and data privacy issues, crowdsourced environmental pollution monitoring projects, and open source education outreach projects. Epunk explains the philosophy of the mothership, how hacker spaces are continuing a century old tradition of universities in keeping information free for all. This is a great introduction to the future of alternative learning spaces.