On teaching game design in a journalism course, part 2






In my last post on the newsgames course I will be teaching this fall, I began to discuss how the need to respect the journalistic intent of a newsgame translates into requirements and constraints upon the game’s design and production. In this post, I want to  delve into that topic more deeply, using principles outlined […]

The Food Stamp Game: a test case for teaching computational journalism, part 1






This fall, I am teaching a class, “Serious Games for News, ” in which journalism and interactive multimedia students will analyze and design various examples of “newsgames.”  In their book,  Newsgames: Journalism at Play(MIT Press, 2010) Ian Bogost and his colleagues use the term Newsgames to mean, broadly, using game design techniques to “do” journalism […]

Sidebar: Learning about learning – a conversation with Deborah Tatar






Deborah Tatar is a cognitive scientist at Virginia Polytechnic University whose current research focuses on understanding and clearing the obstacles to student learning in mathematics and science. For example, she was a principal investigator on the SimCalc project, a software-based interactive math curriculum for middle schoolers that has shown demonstrable success when accompanied by professional […]

The Electronic Music Lab at Masterman School – An Adventure in Mathetics and Pedagogy






The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity “There are, […]

The Me Nobody Knew Then






The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity “When I […]

Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” Meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy






I think it was afterward that my parents told me that I had been given an IQ test, that I had scored well, and that I was now being placed on the waiting list for admission to a special school called Masterman. Masterman was described to me as a special school for children like me – children who liked to think, read and ask questions about the world.

“What we investigate is linked to who we are”






Research related to the effort to enlarge and diversify the computing pipeline discloses that young people’s career choices are heavily influenced by parents, teachers and guidance counselors. (References) In plumbing my childhood experiences, I see evidence how I began to think of myself as a writer, and the values I began to internalize that would shape the kind of writer I ultimately became.

What Would WEB Du Bois Tell Henry Jenkins and Soulja Boy?






As Henry Jenkins and other scholars have observed, contemporary remix culture has disrupted both hierarchies of taste and capitalist models of cultural production. However, less attention seems to have been paid to the degree to which these emergent models of cultural production reinforce oppressive stereotypes and destructive social norms. This essay muses upon efforts to create socially responsible media in the current environment.