From KQED’s Mindshift blog: Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School
A group of Norwegian high school seniors sit in religious studies class, absorbed by a moral conundrum unfolding in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Their teacher, Tobias Staaby, is screening a scene from the critically acclaimed video game, The Walking Dead, which depicts a knotty ethical dilemma confronting the group of rag-tag survivors: Supplies are running low and only four food items are left to ration, but there are 10 hungry mouths to feed. Who should eat? The grumpy old guy? The injured teen? The children? The leader?
Once the class reaches a consensus, they have to justify their choice with one of the concepts they’ve learned from moral philosophy. Was their decision guided by situational ethics, utilitarianism or consequentialism? This is one instance of how commercial video games are used at Nordahl Grieg Upper Secondary, a public high school located in the coastal city of Bergen in Norway.
In the six months Mikael Jacobsen has worked as learning experiences manager at the Skokie Public Library, his days have come to include everything from teaching classes to producing movies and offering information about Microsoft Office products. He oversees the library’s digital media lab, coordinates its digital literacy offerings and introduces ideas in hands-on learning for non-traditional items, such as video cameras patrons can check out.
Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited) Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Screenwriter: Nick Hornby Starring: Reese Witherspoon, T…
I really enjoyed this book and I have to admit the trailer has me interested in the movie.
Yesterday, Google announced an updated version of Google Drive. This will now include more image icons for your files. You know, in a kind of Pinterest type layout. Since the introduction of Pinterest a lot of websites seem to be going for a similar layout (including library websites). While, I’m not sure how important Pinterest really is in and of itself (I like it, I pin recipes and library type things, but I also tend to forget about for weeks at a time) it seems to have had quite the impact on how people and organizations design their own sites.
Libraries lift communities.
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BANGOR, Maine — The Schaefer-Gordon family is a family with bookshelves. Each member of the four-person unit is an avid reader, but none is an enthused as 8-year-old Ingrid Schaefer. Ingrid, who turned 8 earlier this month, is using her passion for reading and books to help the Bangor Public […]
Today I could use a signature stamp.