Thursday, 1 March 2007

And then there are days...

And then there are days when you wonder why you bother...

I know this has been around for a while, but it's new (and funny) to me. It also reminds me of a quote from a recent interview with Alan Kay:

How much learning is a person willing to do to really learn how to use a computer? The answer, over the last 25 years of the commercialization of personal computing, is almost none. Nobody really wants to put in any amount of effort. The things that people have been willing to learn have tended to be like the media they grew up with, which have really simple user interfaces. (The big exception is video games.)
(via infocult)

A true willingness to learn requires a certain amount of playfulness, a willingness to make mistakes, seem ridiculous, deconstruct the center of your beliefs, and emerge out the other side changed. I think this is as true in general education as it is in learning to use a new technology.


Bryan's workshop blog said...

Isn't that a fine interview? I love seeing the original vision from a generation ago, reapplied to the current world.

Jamais Cascio said...

Why are video games different? Answer that question, and you've opened up a new way of presenting other forms of information.

In general, though, I'm of the opinion that technologies that adapt to us, rather than the other way around, are signifiers of advanced civilizations.

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Jill said...

This is a wonderful video. I can see application with so many of the things I teach. It is a reminder that no matter what you are teaching and how obvious it is, there are others for whom it is difficult and you will need patience.
PS What version of Moodle will you be addressing in your new version of Using Moodle.