Na conferência "Serious Play" de 2008, o designer Tim Brown fala sobre a poderosa relação entre o pensamento criativo e os jogos -- com muitos exemplos que podem tentar em casa (e um que, se calhar, não deviam tentar).
There are over 1 billion users of virtual worlds, online communities where users have avatars and participate in various simulated environments. Even more impressive than that number: roughly half of those virtual world users are under age 15.
(...) Virtual worlds are often dismissed as merely games and most do not claim to be educational websites. But there are plenty of informal learning opportunities for kids in these environments, particularly as these are often their first experiences with online communities. Participating in a virtual world can help kids learn how to communicate and behave online.
They can also be utilized to help bridge online and offline ethics. One virtual world, MiniMonos, for example, has an environmental theme and tries to make sustainability lessons clear to its users. If you don’t keep up with the recycling around your avatar’s treehouse, there are in-world consequences. The virtual world also ties this to the real world as well, rewarding users for various environmental actions they take in their own communities.
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Temple Grandin, diagnosticada autista quando criança, fala sobre como a sua mente funciona - e compartilha a sua habilidade de "pensar em imagens", que a auxilia a resolver problemas que os cérebros chamados normais podem não conseguir. Ela defende que o mundo necessita de pessoas que se situam no espectro autista: pensadores visuais, pensadores em padrões, pensadores verbais, e todos os tipos de crianças inteligentes.
What about the firewall? Creating virtual worlds in a public primary school using Sim-on-a-Stick.
Lisa Jacka & Kate Booth
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What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.