Saturday, December 25, 2010

2013 EDU: Virtual worlds give experience, the web only gives information

Information is not experience.
And talk is not action
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But educators often casually treat them as equivalent.
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"“Virtual worlds are about immersion and community,” Burden said.
“Virtual worlds convey experience, the Web conveys information.”
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Use your head! They always tell you that. They never tell you how
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  • Tell me and I forget.  Show me and I remember.  Involve me and I understand.
  • Once you hear a lecture on swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. 
  • Doing is in the here and now.  Talk is in the there and then. 
  • You grow a skill with practice.  Talking about it just makes you a better talker. 
  • Nobody does anything in the abstract
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Think of virtual reality as an early model for Interactive TV
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Yes, buttters: But telling people is more efficient.
Vulcan: Nothing is efficient if it does not meet your objective.
Hunter: If you don't know your objective, anything will do.
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The Secret of the Instruction Manual 
If you want to keep a secret, put it in the instruction manual.
When all else fails, read the instructions. 
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Why don’t people keep resolutions?  A more useful question:
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Why do people expect to keep resolutions?
A triumph of hope over experience.
The simple answer is that people don’t make resolutions.  The talking part of the brain makes resolutions.  Keeping a resolution depends on other parts of the brain.  Those other parts may not buy into the resolution.  So they do their own thing and leave the language channel to go on flapping its lips. 
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