Big Thinkers: Sasha Barab on New-Media EngagementMy name is Sasha Barab. I’m a professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. And I guess I'm here to share our experiences in getting kids engaged with new media literacies. What does it mean to bring these new kinds of media to schools, and what are the opportunities and challenges in doing so? I am also principal investigator of the Quest Atlantis Project, and we are worldwide now. When we look at how kids are being positioned to engage, to tinker with, to explore, to represent themselves, to pursue their passions with these new media technology tools, and then we look at how disciplinary content of school is being positioned, we have a real disconnect. Teachers have been really enthusiastic about different ways of meeting standards. I think print-based literacy and textbooks, as they were traditionally framed, were really powerful for a long time.
The 150 Best Online Flash GamesIt was a long and exhausting task: playing hundreds of online games for hours in a row, day after day. It was hard, but someone had to do it. The result is the list that you will find below. Action Games 1. As you probably guessed, on this game, you get to drive an indestructible tank around. Click here to play IndestructoTank 2. A fighting game where you need to beat down several opponents at the same time. Click here to play Electricman2HS 3. Think about Sonic the Hedgehog with a more clean design and some physics effects added. 4. On this game you play a small dinosaur that is trying to escape the imminent extinction from a fallen meteor. Click here to play Dino Run 5. The Matrix fans out there will have fun with this one. Click here to play Matrix Rampage 6. The Gooples are all around you. Click here to play Amorphous+ 7. Ever wanted to fly around like Spider Man? Click here to play Double Wires 8. We couldn’t leave ninja games out of the list, right? Click here to play Final Ninja 9. 10.