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Blending Education and Entertainment <ul><ul><li>Introduction  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations:  </li></ul></ul><...
It's misleading to suppose there's any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieve...
Edutainment <ul><li>educational entertainment  entertainment-education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A form of entertainment desig...
Sesame Street &quot;if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them&quot; - Malcolm Gladwell,  Tipping Poi...
The Wire              Similar to Sesame St., but different... Edutainment ?
Science Museums Pros: makes science accessible and fun Cons: detracts from role of museum as place for historic preservati...
The Physics of Superheroes ,  James Kakalios, Gotham, 2005 Entertainment as Education
Jonathan Franzen, Life in Letters,  &quot;Mr Difficult&quot;    The New Yorker , September 30, 2002. <ul><li>&quot;I know ...
Homer's Odessey   Epic poem centered on Odysseus, Greek hero time span: 10+ years
Joyce's Ulysses Novel centered on Leopold Bloom,  anti-hero   time span: 1 day Educational but does it entertain?
24's Jack Bauer TV series centered on Jack Bauer   time span: 24 hours    Hero or anti-hero? Entertaining but does it educ...
Everything Bad is Good for You How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter Steven Johnson, 2005
Internet Renaissance <ul><ul><li>Classical renaissance was about the individual, self-sufficiency, centralization, top-dow...
New Tools   Alex Chapin Middlebury College October 23, 2009 Blending Education and Entertainment
<ul><li>We shape our tools, thereafter, our tools shape us   </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Mar...
How new tools have been shaped... <ul><li>Fast, cheap and out of control </li></ul>Decentralized Neutral Efficient Flexibl...
How new tools have shaped us... <ul><li>Fast, cheap and out of control </li></ul>Scalable Decentralized Neutral Efficient ...
How new tools blend education and entertainment... <ul><ul><li>low cost distribution channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>l...
Apple iTunes Store iTunes integrates into one  Library  Music, Movies, TV Shows, Applications, Audiobooks, Podcasts and iT...
iTunes U iTunes U is a channel specifically for educational institutions that is  free
iTunes U iTunes U allows institutions to set up their own channels
iTunes synchronizes to multiple devices
YouTube YouTube has categories for  education  and  entertainment , but doesn't offer the same faceted browsing UI
YouTube EDU YouTube also allows institutions to set up their own channels
Blending Metadata Apple's  recommendations  for how to use metadata fields Metadata fields used by iTunes based on  ID3 me...
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Blending Education And Entertainment

  1. 1. Blending Education and Entertainment <ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New tools: Alex Chapin, Middlebury </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling: Karrie Peterson, Brandeis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constructively participating while maintaining boundaries, avoiding &quot;the creepy treehouse&quot;: Chrissa Godbout, Mount Holyoke </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Analysis of New Forms of Publication: Joy Pile, Middlebury </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Questions/Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul>
  2. 2. It's misleading to suppose there's any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking into the matter. Marshall McLuhan. Hot & Cool. 1967. &quot;Marshall McLuhan.&quot; Wikiquote 21 October, 2009.  < http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan >
  3. 3. Edutainment <ul><li>educational entertainment  entertainment-education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A form of entertainment designed to educate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding lessons in familiar forms of entertainment  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>based on social learning theories (Albert Bandura) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seeks to make learning fun by teaching in a way that is engaging and amusing... </li></ul></ul>related: infotainment
  4. 4. Sesame Street &quot;if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them&quot; - Malcolm Gladwell, Tipping Point Edutainment
  5. 5. The Wire              Similar to Sesame St., but different... Edutainment ?
  6. 6. Science Museums Pros: makes science accessible and fun Cons: detracts from role of museum as place for historic preservation and deeper education Edutainment
  7. 7. The Physics of Superheroes , James Kakalios, Gotham, 2005 Entertainment as Education
  8. 8. Jonathan Franzen, Life in Letters, &quot;Mr Difficult&quot;   The New Yorker , September 30, 2002. <ul><li>&quot;I know the pleasures of a book aren’t always easy. I expect to work; I want to work. It’s also in my Protestant nature, however, to expect some reward for this work .&quot; </li></ul>Ben Marcus, &quot;Why Experimental Fiction Threatens to Destroy Publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and Life as We Know It&quot;   Harpers , October, 2005. &quot;Contemporary American fiction has lost its innovative edge and its interest in language as art&quot;
  9. 9. Homer's Odessey   Epic poem centered on Odysseus, Greek hero time span: 10+ years
  10. 10. Joyce's Ulysses Novel centered on Leopold Bloom, anti-hero   time span: 1 day Educational but does it entertain?
  11. 11. 24's Jack Bauer TV series centered on Jack Bauer   time span: 24 hours   Hero or anti-hero? Entertaining but does it educate?
  12. 12. Everything Bad is Good for You How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter Steven Johnson, 2005
  13. 13. Internet Renaissance <ul><ul><li>Classical renaissance was about the individual, self-sufficiency, centralization, top-down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet renaissance is decentralized, bottom-up, DIY, focus on connections/collaboration, wisdom of crowds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy now extends beyond text to include images, audio, video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to become participants, not just consumers </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. New Tools   Alex Chapin Middlebury College October 23, 2009 Blending Education and Entertainment
  15. 15. <ul><li>We shape our tools, thereafter, our tools shape us </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Marshall McLuhan.   </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 1964. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Marshall McLuhan.&quot; Wikiquote 21 October, 2009.  </li></ul><ul><li>< http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan > </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. How new tools have been shaped... <ul><li>Fast, cheap and out of control </li></ul>Decentralized Neutral Efficient Flexible Extensible Scalable
  17. 17. How new tools have shaped us... <ul><li>Fast, cheap and out of control </li></ul>Scalable Decentralized Neutral Efficient Flexible Extensible Connected Collaborative Passionate Social Expressive Creative
  18. 18. How new tools blend education and entertainment... <ul><ul><li>low cost distribution channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>low cost content storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>easy to use publishing platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative filtering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wisdom of crowds </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Apple iTunes Store iTunes integrates into one Library Music, Movies, TV Shows, Applications, Audiobooks, Podcasts and iTunes U
  20. 20. iTunes U iTunes U is a channel specifically for educational institutions that is free
  21. 21. iTunes U iTunes U allows institutions to set up their own channels
  22. 22. iTunes synchronizes to multiple devices
  23. 23. YouTube YouTube has categories for education and entertainment , but doesn't offer the same faceted browsing UI
  24. 24. YouTube EDU YouTube also allows institutions to set up their own channels
  25. 25. Blending Metadata Apple's recommendations for how to use metadata fields Metadata fields used by iTunes based on ID3 metadata specification that was designed for music

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