Good teaching is good design

June 27, 2016 § 2 Comments

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I just came across Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design and was immediately struck by how closely they paralleled what is essential for good teaching. All one has to do is replace the word “design” with “teaching” and I think we get 10 pretty good principles to follow (or think about). This is a game I have played before in this post about the need for new educational research paradigms / approaches building on some comments by Don Norman about the need to new design research paradigms / approaches (see Rethinking Ed Tech Research).

Here are Rams’ 10 principles with the word design replaced by teaching (and in a couple of cases lightly edited to make sense in this new context).

  1. Good teaching is innovative
  2. Good teaching is useful
  3. Good teaching is aesthetic
  4. Good teaching is understandable
  5. Good teaching is unobtrusive
  6. Good teaching is honest
  7. Good teaching is long-lasting
  8. Good teaching is thorough down to the last detail
  9. Good teaching is environmentally friendly
  10. Good teaching is as little teaching as possible.

He is also known for saying “Less but better” which, if you ask me, is a good slogan for teaching as well.

New TPACK book chapter

June 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The  Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi, recently published a book titled “Resource Book on ICT Integrated Teacher Education.” Edited by Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi it is available as an Open Educational Resource (OER) from the CEMCA website.

The book has 5 chapters, including on by co-authored by a team here at MSU. Complete reference (with link to the book) and table of contents below.

Panigrahi, M.R. (2016). (Ed.) Resource Book on ICT Integrated Teacher Education. New Delhi: Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. Available online here.

Table of Contents

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Hot of the press: eBook on Creativity, Technology & Teacher Education

June 10, 2016 § 1 Comment

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Danah Henriksen and I recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (Volume 23, Number 3, July 2015) devoted to Creativity, Technology and Teacher Education (see blog post here). This special issue has now been issued as an eBook by AACE. Here is the complete citation, along with links to the book page on LearnTechLib and the complete pdf, as well as an abstract:

Henriksen, D., & Mishra, P. (2016). Creativity, technology & teacher education. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). [LearnTechLib link | Link to complete eBook PDF]

Abstract: This book focuses on research related to creativity, technology and teacher education, examining these topics through a range of approaches and ideas across multiple contexts. The volume itself began as a special issue of the Journal of Technology & Teacher Education. The chapters in this book speak to different aspects of theory, research, and practice – in attempts to go beyond the specifics or intricacies of tools, and towards a broader framework. This provides guiding ideas and takeaways that can inform the future of teacher education. One of the strengths of this volume is the rich manner in which these ideas are explored across different subject matters, classroom and learning contexts, technologies, teacher roles, pedagogical approaches, and theoretical frameworks.

Keywords and complete table of contents, below the jump:

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Creativity as Resistance: New article

June 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The next article in our series (Rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century) for the journal Tech Trends is now available online. This article has an interview with Dr. Shakuntala Banaji, currently Associate Professor and the Program Director for the Masters in Media, Communication, and Development at the London School of Economics. Her work “spans multiple areas of research and instruction, including creativity, cinema, civic participation, and critical examinations of media.” Read more by following the link below:

Good, J., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2016). Creativity as ResistanceTech Trends (60)4, 309-312.

Bridging the theory/practice gap: Ambigrams, quotes, posters & more…

May 25, 2016 § 3 Comments

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Theoretically there should a reciprocal relationship between Theory and Practice – but it is the gap that every academic bemoans. This posting is prompted not by any particular insight into these matters but rather to share a set of visuals (ambigrams, memes, whatever…) that I created over the past day or so. This was prompted by a conversation about this with Danah Henriksen – so some blame / credit should go to her. (I prefer her getting the blame and all the credit coming to me, but she, and you, may disagree.)

To start with up on top is the standard image – the arrows representing how practice ought to inform theory and vice versa. As Immanuel Kant never said (but should have), “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” So to celebrate this reciprocal, transactional relationship here is an ambigram for these two words, reading “research” one way and “practice” when rotated 180 degrees!practice-theorytheory-practice

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Handbook of TPACK for Educators, 2nd Edition

May 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The TPACK framework, as we know it today, was first introduced to the world in 2006 in an article in TCRecord (Mishra & Koehler, 2006). An important part of the story of the success of the framework was the publication of The handbook of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) for educators by AACTE and Routledge. Matt and I wrote an introductory chapter for that (see Koehler & Mishra, 2008).

Over the past decade the amount of research into TPACK has grown exponentially… and so it was time for the 2nd edition of the handbook (citation and more information below).

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Rich TPACK Cases: Great Resource Book

May 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The TPACK framework is a theoretical framework that seeks to influence practice. And most gratifyingly (for Matt Koehler and myself) it appears to have had a significant impact in that area. That said, the field lacked concrete, rich examples of TPACK in practice. Cases that would (quoting Darling-Hammond & Snyder) “add context to theory” highlighting the rich telling detail, as well as local contextual factors that are often lost when teaching is discussed in more general terms.

This gap has now been filled with a lovely ebook by my friends and colleagues Mark Hofer, Lynn Bell and Glen Bull. The Practitioner’s guide to technology pedagogy and content knowledge (TPACK): Rich media cases of teacher knowledge focuses on developing rich “exemplary” cases of practice, and boy does it deliver. Consider what is included in each of the cases included in the book:

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Systems view of creativity & an interview with Michele Root-Bernstein

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Our series of articles related to the broad topic of Rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century in the journal TechTrends continues with two new articles. The first focuses on developing a systems view of creativity, specifically on how technology is opening up the world and changing systems of creativity.

Henriksen, D., & Hoelting, M. (2016). A Systems View of Creativity in a YouTube World. Tech Trends. (60)2. 102-106

The next article (reference and link below) makes a shift in our focus for the next few articles in the series. For the foreseeable future we will be focusing these articles on interviews with scholars and researchers on creativity. Through these interviews we seek to introduce their work and ideas to a wider population as well as connect their work to the themes we have been developing in this series so far. The first article in this new initiative is an interview with independent creativity scholar Michele Root-Bernstein.

Keenan, S., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2016). Practicing the Process with Dr. Michele Root-BernsteinTech Trends (60)3, 200-203.

 

TPACK Newsletter #27, March 2016

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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TPACK Newsletter, Issue #27: March 2016
Special Spring 2016 Conference Issue

Below please find a listing of TPACK-related papers/sessions that will be presented at the SITE conference in March in Savannah, Georgia; at the AERA annual meeting in April in Washington, DC; and at the ISTE conference in June in Denver, Colorado. (That’s 66 TPACK-related conference sessions in just 3 months!)

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TPACK Newsletter #26, February 2016

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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TPACK Newsletter, Issue #26: February 2016

Welcome to the twenty-sixth edition of the (approximately bimonthly) TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide. This document contains recent updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers.

If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to http://www.tpack.org/ to find out more.

Gratuitous Quote About Knowledge

“Information is not knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

In This Issue
-1. Gratuitous Quote About Technology
0. In This Issue (You are here.)
1. TPACK Newsletter Update
2. Recent TPACK Publications
3. Recent TPACK-Related Dissertations
4. Recent TPACK-Related Presentations
5. TPACK Newsletter Suggested Citation
6. Learning and Doing More with TPACK
–. Un-numbered miscellaneous stuff at the end

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Good-Evil Ambigram in Pub Med!

February 11, 2016 § 1 Comment

My Good-Evil oscillation ambigram design is easily one of my most popular designs – having made it to multiple publications, websites, covers of magazines, on the TV Show Brain Gamesand now it has made its way into a medical research journal Frontiers of Physiology in an article on (of all things), cardiac remodeling. You can read the actual article on Pub Med (link and reference below). good-evil-cleanedup2-300x130

Spaich, S., Katus, H.A., Backs, J. (2015, July 22). Ongoing controversies surrounding cardiac remodeling: is it black and white-or rather fifty shades of gray? Frontiers in Physiology (6)202. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00202.

And this is how they describe their reason for including this design.

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Momentary Lapis Lazuli of Reason: Academia for better or verse

February 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Graduate school can be a grind. Academia can be dull and dreary. But not if poetry and parody are brought into the mix. This is a volume of academic poetry titled Momentary Lapis Lazuli of Reason: Academia for better of verse. The poems in this volume are the collective creation of students and faculty in the EPET program at MSU, created over email and lunch breaks; during class meetings and grading assignments; between procrastinating on starting that class paper or finishing off that long over-due journal article. It is somewhat of a miracle that this book even exits.

We have stolen from the best, selecting some of the most famous and iconic examples of English language poetry and rewriting them from an academic and scholarly perspective. As we write in the introduction:

On these pages are adaptations of poems that will make Emily Dickinson lose hope and William Shakespeare think that there is something rotten in the state of academia. Edgar Allen Poe will scream “Nevermore” and Robert Frost will give his head a shake, to ask if there is some mistake. To take these wonderful poems and rewrite them—to use the most beautiful works of the English language to describe the shenanigans of graduate committees—seems almost a silly travesty. Maybe that was the point.

It has been a labor of fun, as we hope that you enjoy reading these poems as much as we enjoyed created them. You will also find, interspersed in between the poems, photographs taken by students and faculty, just in case you thought that all we could do is write bad poetry.

Deep-Play & the Engaged Scholar

February 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The Engaged Scholar is a magazine published by MSU’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement with the goal of celebrating “Michigan State University’s ongoing partnership with Michigan, our nation, and our world.” I just got the 10th anniversary issue in the mail and was pleased to find an article about the MSU Museum and their collaborations with faculty across the university—with a specific mention of my exhibition (Deep-Play: Creativity in Math and Art through Visual Wordplay).  I don’t have a PDF of the article at this time but below is a photo of the spread – click to get a larger view.

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Episteme6 @ Mumbai: 2 presentations

January 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

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This past December I was at the epiSTEME 6 conference in Mumbai. It was jointly  organized by the Homi Bhaba Center for Science Education, TIFR and the Interdisciplinary Program in Educational Technology, IIT Bombay. I presented two papers there, oneabout the work being done by the Deep-Play group in the area of aesthetics and learning in the STEM disciplines and the other on the work we are doing with MSUrbanSTEM in Chicago.

The slides and papers from the proceedings for both these talks can be found below…

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The Deep-Play Group & our robotic overlords

January 20, 2016 § 1 Comment

The Deep-Play research group started as an informal group of faculty and graduate students at Michigan State University, mostly my advisees. It has now grown to include Arizona State University and a couple of people there. Of course my advisees include doctoral students who are in the face to face program as well as those in the hybrid PhD program.

What this means is that conducting shared meetings is challenging at many levels (scheduling, engaging in discussion one-on-one or one-to-many and so on). We have over time tried a variety of solutions—skype, zoom and now robots!

The CEPSE/COE Design Studio at  just created a video about the use of these robots by our research group. You can see it here. Enjoy.

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Creativity in mathematics and beyond: New article

January 17, 2016 § 1 Comment

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Our series of articles related to the broad topic of Rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century in the journal TechTrends continues with a new article on creativity in mathematics. This article focuses on the 4 winners of the 2014 Fields medal (one of the highest honors in mathematics and a recognition from one’s peers of highly influential and creative work).  Complete reference and link below:

Mehta, R., Mishra, P., & Henriksen, D., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2016). Creativity in mathematics and beyond — Learning from Fields medal winners. Tech Trends (59)7

Happy 2016, New Video

December 31, 2015 § 2 Comments

Since 2009, our family has been creating videos to welcome the new year. The videos are typically typographical in nature, sometimes including a visual illusion or some kind or the other. So as usual, we have a video for welcome 2016. Shot on our dining table, with a budget of four dollars, this video was, as they all have been, great fun to create. Raise the volume of your device to max, click to make the video full-screen and hit play! Enjoy.


Transformation: Happy 2016
From Shreya, Soham, Smita & Punya

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Videos from years past

Here are links to the videos from the previous years (along with some other videos made as a family):

Henriksen & Mishra is one of most popular articles of 2015

December 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our recent article in TCRecord on how exemplary teachers incorporate creativity in their teaching (Henriksen & Mishra, 2015) was listed as one of the most popular articles of 2015! You can access the article by clicking the link above and, for the record, see a screen shot of the TCRecord home page below…

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E-Leadership & Teacher Development: New article

December 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

 

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Mishra, P., Henriksen, D., Boltz, L. O., Richardson, C. (2015). E-Leadership and Teacher Development Using ICT. In R. Huang; Kinshuk; J. K. Price (Eds.). ICT in Education in Global Context: Comparative Reports of Innovations in K-12 Education. Berlin: Springer. pp. 249-266.

Abstract: In this chapter, we develop a definition of e-leadership that extends from the business sector to encompass educational contexts. We describe schools as complex ecologies and dynamic organizations that require a change in both traditional forms of leadership and more recent ICT use. We use the RAT (Replace, Amplify, Transform) framework to explain the varying degrees to which ICT has been used in business and education and relate this model to the research in e-leadership. It is through the purposeful, transformational use of ICT and the meaningful development of multiple kinds of knowledge that those in charge of teacher education and growth can use ICT to develop a new kind of teacher leader.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2 new ambigrams

November 26, 2015 § 1 Comment

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I wake up every day just feeling incredibly lucky for what I have – and to have a special day devoted to celebrating that idea… how very cool.

So here are two new and unique ambigram designs to celebrate this wonderful day. The first is a free standing rotational ambigram and the other is a chain ambigram where “thanks” and “giving” map onto themselves. Enjoy

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TPACK Newsletter #25, October 2015

November 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

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TPACK Newsletter, Issue #25: October 2015 (Updated)

Welcome to the twenty-fifth edition of the (approximately bimonthly) TPACK Newsletter! TPACK work is continuing worldwide. This document contains recent updates to that work that we hope will be interesting and useful to you, our subscribers.

[Editors’ note: This document is an update to a previously distributed version of issue #25. Please delete the earlier document and accept our apologies for the second distribution.]

If you are not sure what TPACK is, please surf over to http://www.tpack.org/ to find out more.

Gratuitous Quote About Technology

“Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.”
–Douglas Adams

In This Issue

-1. Gratuitous Quote About Technology
0. In This Issue (You are here.)
1. TPACK Newsletter Update
2. Recent TPACK Publications
3. Recent TPACK-Related Dissertations
4. Recent TPACK-Related Presentations
5. Request for TPACK-Related Research Participation
6. Call for TPACK-Related Manuscripts
7. TPACK Newsletter Suggested Citation
8. Learning and Doing More with TPACK
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Beirut, Nairobi, Paris

November 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

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After I had posted my “Paris, City of Love” design on FB, my friend Pilar Quezzaire posted on my wall the following question:

What about Beirut and Nairobi, Punya? Can you make one for them as well?

In another posting she linked to the website http://www.warsintheworld.com/  and a quick glance through it shows just how much conflict there is in the world today – and how much of it we ignore (until something happens that hits closer to home).

I felt the sting of Pilar’s criticism and got to work. My first response was to create ambigrams for each of these cities names (Nairobi and Beirut – two sites that recently were hit with terrible, violent events) but that seemed inadequate, compared at least to the “Paris, City of Love” design.

So hence the design above.

Of course, one never stops at one solutions (variations on a theme being the crux of creativity) …

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Paris City of Love

November 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Paris has been on my mind for the last 24 hours (as it has been for many others around the world). I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to spend some time in the city – and Paris is one of my favorite places in the world.

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(a new 180 degree rotationally symmetric ambigram)

The events of Friday the 13th, 2015 have troubled me deeply. I wanted to create something that would capture my feelings towards Paris. Here is a new design, created specially for the City of Love.

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Paris, city of Love (new ambigram) – where Paris becomes Love
and vice versa upon rotation by 180 degrees.

 

Friday the 13th

November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

A design for Friday the 13th (shamelessly building on an original idea from Nikita Prokhorov) friday13

Enjoy.

Happy Diwali

November 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Happy Diwali!

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Reflect on it 🙂

EduSummIT 2015: Summary Report

November 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

EDUsummIT 2015 (International Summit on ICT in Education) is a global knowledge building community of researchers, educational practitioners, and policy makers committed to supporting the effective integration of research and practice in the field of ICT in education. EDUsummIT 2015 was co-­hosted by UNESCO Bangkok and Curtin University, and sponsored by Blackboard. The theme of EDUsummIT 2015, Technology Advanced Quality Learning For All. Nine thematic working groups (TWG) were formed in the beginning of 2015. These groups included:

  • TWG1: Smart partnerships
  • TWG2: Advancing mobile learning in formal and informal settings
  • TWG3: Professional development for policy makers, school leaders and teachers
  • TWG4: Addressing gaps and promoting educational equity
  • TWG5: Assessment as, for, and of learning in the 21st century
  • TWG6: Creativity in a technology enhanced curriculum
  • TWG7: Indicators of quality technology-­enhanced teaching and learning
  • TWG8: Digital citizenship and cyberwellness
  • TWG9: Curriculum -­advancing understanding of the roles of CS/Informatics in the curriculum

In the following TWG reports, each group has summarized the background and context of its theme of study, the issues and challenges, recommendations they proposed to researchers, policy makers and educational practitioners, and the action plan to move forward. <This blog post is a lightly edited version from the introduction by Kwok?Wing Lai, University of Otago College of Education, New Zealand>.  Enjoy.

Does the Internet mean that knowledge is obsolete? Quoted in Wired story

November 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I was recently interviewed by Wired magazine for a story about Sugata Mitra’s (of Hole in the Wall fame) experiments with minimally invasive learning, or more recently what are called SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) classrooms / schools. I have been skeptical of the Hole in the Wall work and though there is much I agree with the SOLE concept (focus on big open-ended questions, student autonomy etc.) there is also a lot I disagree with. More specifically, in my interview I took exception to the idea that in todays classroom’s and with the availability of the internet, “knowledge is obsolete.” To be honest that is a really dumb idea—to think that knowledge is merely looking up and connecting facts together without broader theoretical frameworks and without serious intellectual work. Some of what I talked about with the author of the piece (and it was a great conversation where we covered a lot of ground) ended up in the article. There is so much more to say or write about this but for now you can read the entire article and what I had to say about that idea by going here: In this classroom, knowledge is overrated

Enjoy.

Design at Apple (a his-story)

November 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fast Company has compiled an oral-history of design at Apple. It did so through interviews with many of the key players in Apple’s history. It is a his-story because, though there are some women who show up… the main narrative is about guys, Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ives and many others.

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This is a series worth pursuing in full – if not for anything else but to be inspired. Apple through its, “dogmatic, beautiful, striving for perfection, that chasing for the last millimeter” managed to drive “the world of design to a completely new level.” Enjoy.

WHY: The most important question of all

November 2, 2015 § 3 Comments

Why do anything at all?

This blog post is a collection of videos and images that I have collected over time that speak to the pointlessness of trying to find an answer to this question and how one question, even if answered, leads to many more. This is the kind of stuff that brings together Feynman, xkcd, Louis CK, and some brilliant animation all on one page. Enjoy.

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Empathy through gaming: New article

November 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Over the past couple of years my research team (the Deep-Play Research group) and I have been writing an on-going series of articles  around the broad topic of Rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century. Published in the journal TechTrends, these articles have been great fun to write, providing us the freedom to think deeply about these issues and, most importantly, put our ideas in words, and share them with the wider world. The latest article just came out. Complete reference and link below:

Boltz, L. O., Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2015). Empathy through gaming—Perspective taking in a complex worldTechTrends (59) , p. 3-8.

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