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Portal 2 is a game primarily about Physics - the game pits the player against an AI unit called GLaDOS who at one point in the game states, "Speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out." From Newtonian Mechanics such as mentally calculating the vectors of force…


Added by Adrian Camm on September 1, 2011 at 19:25 — No Comments

ISTE 2011

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference was held on June 25-29th in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Each year nearly 20,000 enthusiastic ed tech professionals and corporate representatives from over 60 countries unite for five days of professional learning and collaboration. The theme for this year was 'Unlocking Potential.' The enormity of this conference…


Added by Adrian Camm on July 5, 2011 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

8th Annual Games for Change Festival - Day 3

Day 3 Notes

Keynote: 'Philanthropy, Movements & Making Media Matter" by Laura Pincus Hartman ( and Pierre Guillaume Wielezynski (UN World Food Program)

Perspectives from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics and business leaders who have invested in popular media as part of their platforms to address pressing social concerns or are using platforms such as social games to raise…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 24, 2011 at 13:38 — 3 Comments

8th Annual Games for Change Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the Games for Change Festival had more of a social focus that aimed for the government, industry and business participants. For a more comprehensive look at my notes throughout the day, check out my twitter stream

My highlights of day 2 included:


Stakehold'em Conference Game

A social…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 22, 2011 at 12:44 — 1 Comment

8th Annual Games for Change Festival

The Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City and the only international event that brings together leaders from government, philanthropy, civil society, education, media, academia and the gaming industry, to explore the increasing real-world impact of digital games as vehicles for learning and as agents for social change. This has been an amazing event so far, with a diverse and eclectic group of…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 22, 2011 at 7:38 — 2 Comments

Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard

"For things to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently. Maybe it's you, maybe it's your team. Picture that person (or people). Each has an emotional Elephant side and a rational Rider side. You've got to reach both. And you've also got to clear the way for them to succeed."

On the plane to New York I got the chance to read…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 18, 2011 at 20:44 — No Comments

Google Teacher Academy

I was lucky enough to be selected for the International Google Teacher Academy recently held at the Google Office in Sydney on the 20th & 21st April. A total of 54 educators, ICT specialists, administration and librarians were chosen from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Russia, Canada and the US to participate in what was an amazing experience on our way to becoming Google Certified Teachers.


We got a…


Added by Adrian Camm on April 23, 2011 at 17:33 — 5 Comments

Learning Without Frontiers

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Learning Without Frontiers conference held in London from January 9th-11th.

From the website,

"The last 10 years has seen unprecedented growth and development in consumer technologies at an accelerating pace beyond anything mankind has experienced. Exponential improvements in affordable digital processing power, storage, communications,…


Added by Adrian Camm on February 4, 2011 at 12:35 — 2 Comments

The Facebook Effect

“From Sixdegrees to Friendster to Facebook, social networking has become a familiar and ubiquitous part of the internet.” – David Kirkpatrick

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World by…


Added by Adrian Camm on January 18, 2011 at 17:09 — 2 Comments

Dumbing Us Down

"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique indivdual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are , whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important; how to live and how to die." - John Taylor…


Added by Adrian Camm on January 1, 2011 at 11:42 — No Comments

The Case Against Standardized Testing

“Standardized testing has swelled and mutated, like a creature in one of those old horror movies, to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole.” – Alfie Kohn

In the…


Added by Adrian Camm on December 28, 2010 at 14:48 — 1 Comment


In the Makers, Cory Doctorow paints a picture of a not too distant future, where a global economic downturn has led to an explosion of tinkering, innovation and creativity. This explosion is coined the 'New Work' movement and draws similariites to the dot-com boom of the 90's. This…


Added by Adrian Camm on November 2, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Unlimited: High School for the 21st Century

Whilst in Christchurch last week I got a chance to visit Unlimited: High School for the 21st Century. Unlimited is a school situated in the middle of Christchurch and is basically a high-rise building situated above a shopping centre. Just across the street is Discovery1, a primary school that is based…


Added by Adrian Camm on October 11, 2010 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Games in Education

I have just arrived in Christchurch in preperation for the 2010 ULearn conference. After a quick stop at Burnside High School which has very impressive grounds and facilities, I am now doing a bit of quick preperation before I take a bit of a tour and see what Christchurch has to…


Added by Adrian Camm on October 4, 2010 at 13:56 — 3 Comments

Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky's new book, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Genorisity in a Connected Age, gives an overview of society from pre-idustrialism through to the present day and forecasts the effect social media will play in the coming…


Added by Adrian Camm on September 15, 2010 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar

"A Buccaneer-Scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled or shackled by any institution or authority; whose mind is driven to wander and find its own place in the world."

I have just finished reading…


Added by Adrian Camm on September 4, 2010 at 15:09 — 3 Comments


At the SLAV Make Share Do: Active Online Learning conference on Friday, Joyce Valenza used Mashpedia in one of her keynotes. Mashpedia is described,



Added by Adrian Camm on August 2, 2010 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

SLA: Class of 2010

I talked about the Science Leadership Academy briefly at this year's Innovation Showcase.

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 17, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments


I have just finished reading Jeff Utecht's Reach: Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development.

Jeff Utecht is an international educator working at the International School of Bangkok who I have been following on twitter for some time. (He…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 16, 2010 at 23:00 — No Comments

OECD Innovation Strategy

Something that I am currently reading is the OECD Innovation Strategy: Getting A Head Start On Tomorrow.

The report provides analysis and policy guidance on a broad range of issues from education and training to business environment, infrastructure and actions to foster the creation and diffusion of knowledge. It…


Added by Adrian Camm on June 11, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments


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