Category Archives: Arts & Creativity

Making Game Based Learning #gbl – research & principles

My friend Professor Sara Grimes was looking for some research on game based learning and put a tweet out looking for resources. We’ve spent the last 9 months researching, thinking about learning and gbl and building technology for our gbl projects (Felicity from Thin Air is being revamped to scale appropriately as a MMO). In […]

A housewarming gift for Anastasis Academy

To celebrate my friend Kelly Tenkely fulfilling her vision of opening a school based around her deep thinking about how 21st century education should be, I made a small housewarming gift for her colleagues and students at Anastasis. The carving on the emu egg reads: “To the community of Anastasis Academy, may you craft our […]

A transliteracy manifesto for #RSCON3

Earlier today, some of my PLN were bantering about their #rscon3 experiences. It led me to reflect on an earlier transliteracy text that summarised many facets of the Reform Symposium these past three days in a poetic manner. Said banter, and the “manifesto” below… <a href=”http://storify.com/ianchia/a-transliteracy-rscon3-manifesto” target=”_blank”>View “A transliteracy #rscon3 manifesto” on Storify</a> This following […]

Pam Burnard RSCON3 Keynote – Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning

As part of the amazing lineup of courageous, insightful educators from around the globe presenting at the 3rd Reform Symposium, my friend (and my actual Grade 7&8 music classroom teacher from many years ago) Dr Pamela Burnard presented a keynote on Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning. Pam has been working at […]

Finland’s Visual Arts Curriculum for Schools (Architecture, Visual Arts and Craft)

My friend Esa¬†Helttula lives in Espoo, Finland (also home of Rovio who gave us Angry Birds). Over the past few months, we’ve been sharing some fascinating discussions about education in general, and he’s been blowing my mind about Finland’s incredibly healthy and holistic approach to education. Finland has a long term approach to arts in […]