Wes Freyer on the CUE K12 Symposium at MacWorld (and the OLPC)

In the wake of the Stevenote, MacWorld continues, including the CUE organized k12 Symposium. Wes Freyer is there, and blogging the sessions he attends. Among them was this one that caught my attention…

Engaging Brains Through Games and Simulations by Bernie Dodge (Via Moving at the Speed of Creativity.) Bernie has been talking about (and teaching about) Games and Learning for some time, and it’s great to see him presenting the topic to mainstream (education) conference attendees. He discusses Brenda Laurel (who I’ve been reading a lot about lately in From Barbie to Mortal Kombat and Gender Inclusive Game Desing), complex games (a la Marc Prensky), the elements of a good game, Second Life, and more, including an interesting formula for learning: Power = Attention x Depth x Efficiency.

OLPC marches on (Via Moving at the Speed of Creativity.) Today, Wes also commented on recent and significant updates to the monumental open source project, One Laptop Per Child (also known as the $100 laptop project).