Excellent paper by John Jones - controversial, intriguing - posted on February 27, 2014 to dmlcentral: a comprehensive blog on Digital Media + learning: The power of participation.

reading

Also note that the blog itself is worth the detour, check it out. An impressive cast of contributing authors includes: Howard Rheingold (51 posts); John Jones (42); Liz Losh (32); Barry Joseph (30); Whitney Burke (29); Cathy Davidson (27); Raquel Recuero (26); Ben Williamson (19); Doug Belshaw (18); Antero Garcia (18); Danah Boyd (17); S. Craig Watkins (13); Jeff Brazil (12); Nishant Shah (11); Ethan Zuckerman (10); Lyndsay Grant (10); Monika Hardy (9); Julian Sefton-Green (6); Zeynep Tufekci (5); Aleks Krotoski (5); Dante Noto (4); David Theo Goldberg (4); Aaron Knochel (4); Mimi Ito (4); Buffy Hamilton (3); Akili Lee (2); Jon Barilone (2); Constance M. Yowell, Ph.D. (2); Monica Bulger (2); Katie Salen (1); Danah Boyd and John Palfrey (1); Philipp Schmidt (1); Luka Carfagna (1); Henry Jenkins (1); Michael Lachney (1); Thomas M. Philip and Antero Garcia (1); Razeen Zaman (1); Jason Schultz (1); Julian Sefton-Green and Gary Stewart (1); Daniel Hickey and Brian Nelson (1); Courtney Santos (1); Elisabeth Jacknis (1); Antero Garcia (1); Joseph Kahne (1); Alexander Halavais (1)

talk EA harvard Ed school

check out the video
Videos of the event have been uploaded. You can find video of my Lecture for Ernst at Video_Talk EA Ern v. Glaserfeld Archive

Talk start at 3:04 minutes.

You can find the brochure that was published in honor to Ernst , after the event online at
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MOOCS

Here goes a refreshing take / no-nonsense talk about MOOCS: the latest darling in a long line of increasingly puzzling 'instructionist' triumphs. Comes in two parts, lots of useful references. check out the links for part 1 and part 2
systematic

Some of the reports i wrote or co-authored for LEGO in the last decade all seem to have found a place at the newly reorganized LEGO Foundation site. Check it out . Here go a few:

Ackermann, E.K. (2013), Cultures of creativity and modes of appropriation: From DIY (Do It Yourself) to BIIT (Be In It Together). In: Gauntlett & Stjerne Thompson (2013) Cultures of creativity:Nurturing creative mindsets across cultures [Billund: The LEGO Foundation. Available at website:

Ackermann, E., Gauntlett, D., Wolbers, T. & Weckstrom, C. (2010), Defining Systematic
Creativity in the Digital Realm, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available at website

syst. creat gauntlet et al.

Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T. & Weckstrom, C. (2011), The Future of Play, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute.Available at website

future of learning

Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T., Weckstrom, C. & Stjerne Thomsen, B. (2012), The Future of Learning, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available at website

and finally, my very own ...
whole child dev
Ackermann, E. (2004), The Whole Child Development Guide, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available at website.
cultures of creat.2013
To see the full report check out the website. You may also download individual essays written by the myriad of contributors to the project, including my own, entitled: "Cultures of creativity and modes of appropriation: From DIY (Do It Yourself) to BIIT (Be In It Together)" . In it i write:

One of the particularities of today’s “cultures of creativity” is that they are neither local (typical of a region) nor global (common among citizens of the world). Instead, they cut across generations, social groups, and territorial borders (geographic, national, ethnic), resembling what some refer to as “glocal” . [...] Examples of glocalization include the blending of local cuisines (global slow-food, local-fast food), the hybridization of styles and genres (fashion, status symbols), and the creolization in music (remix culture, word music). In addition, we are also witnessing a “glocalization” of displaced folks’ own sense of who they are (identity), what they wish for themselves and loved ones (dreams) and where they feel they belong (home). (Ackermann, 2013).
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Reference: Ackermann, E.K. (2013), Cultures of creativity and modes of appropriation: From DIY (Do It Yourself) to BIIT (Be In It Together), Billund: The LEGO Foundation. Available at : www. legofoundation.com.

Previous reports that i wrote or co-authored for LEGO Learning Institute include:

Ackermann, E., Gauntlett, D., Wolbers, T. & Weckstrom, C. (2010), Defining Systematic
Creativity in the Digital Realm, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available from: www.legofoundation.com.

Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T. & Weckstrom, C. (2011), The Future of Play, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute.Available from: www.legofoundation.com.

Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T., Weckstrom, C. & Stjerne Thomsen, B. (2012), The Future of Learning, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available from: www. legofoundation.com.

Ackermann, E. (2004), The Whole Child Development Guide, Billund: LEGO Learning Institute. Available from: www.legofoundation.com.
MBE 2008 Erice, Italy

Erice's International Scool of Mind, Brain, and Education has put up a new website. check it out. I was lucky enough to join the feast in 2008. and spoke on the topic: Constructionism and digital technologies. best place ever to hold a seminar!
Papert tribute

Seymour Papert's contribution to the field of Interaction Design for Children is un-precedented, and widely recognized. Building on constructivist ideas by Swiss Psychologist Jean Piaget and the potential of cutting-edge technological advances in computer science, AI, and cybernetics, Seymour Papert developed his own "constructionist" educational philosophy—which, in turn, lead to the design of many rich environments for learners to design in. Examples include the Logo programming language and Lego Mindstorms robotics kits. Done in collaboration with colleagues at MIT, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, and Atari Research Labs, the work remains influential to this day. A Tribute to Seymour Papert, hosted by Paulo Blickstein from Stanford University, was held at IDC 2013 on June 27 at the The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Its purpose was to re-examine current trends and theoretical advances in light of the groundbreaking work of Seymour Papert and his close collaborators. I was lucky enough to be invited, together with other panelists, to tell my own small part in this big life-changing story.

For more information on the panel itself check out video
Speakers include:
Allison Druin, University of Maryland
Edith Ackermann, MIT
Mike Eisenberg, University of Colorado
Mitch Resnick, MIT
Uri Wilensky, Northwestern University

Additional video testimonies, transcripts, and stories can be found here:
Speakers include:
Marvin Minsky, Cynthia Salomon, Claudia Urrea, MIT
Ricki Goldman, NYU
Richard Noss and Celia Hoyles, Knowledge Lab, London UK
Ivan Kalas, Euro-Logo;
Jose Valente, UNICAMP,

talks, talks, and more talks....this time in the form of a round-table with / for architects. first in new haven (april 24) and then in new-york (april 25). topi: learning and play in the digital age....for more information on location and time of events, check theroundtable EA
I spoke at a symposium on "the future of workplace" organized by Allen Sayegh, Responsive environment Lab, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

workplace of future

Layed out some of the ways in which the experience, habits of mind and work practices of vets, baby-boomers, genexers, and millenials can be accommodated through space, or rather through a network of different settings, or places: not in the spirit of "one fits all" but "flexible options" for "diverse needs".
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