(Doctor doctor jokes are now here)
Back in 1996 I had a project engaging doctors - surgeons of thoracic medicine - in an online community of practice. It was effective and we learned a lot. A number of folk were involved - Andy Simpson did a lot of the work in the end.
But although the project was enjoyable, the surgeons got a bit down - so many of their patients die - and they wanted cheering up. So with them I set up a page on Jollyology to swap doctor doctor jokes in a spoof research project (they contributed, were "published", peer reviewed and could then add DJ - doctor of jollyology - to their names!). Great fun, I've tried to remember their best contributions (jokes!) here, but now use the domain as a link to work on playful learning, which I still believe to be important.
Those links will emerge from this page...
I've been n advocate for Playful Learning for a very long time - but it is an idea whose time has finally come. This year (2010) at the vast BETT technology in education show at London's Olympia our Show Feature stand this year had the theme of Playful Learning and this page connects to content and links associated with that stand and its focus.
I wrote this piece for the Guardian's pre-BETT Supplement:
My ggod friend Merlin John runs a pivotal blog - very much at the heart of the deabte about ICT in Learning - with some great contributors.
See MerlinJohn Online
Merlin asked me for some thoughts about the BETT stand - here is what I wrote:
Two articulate students from the wonderful Leigh Academy in Dartford interviewed me at BETT, asking about Playful Learning and more.
Their videoed interview is on YouTube here.
Useful links (this is work in progress):
Institute of Play: "Working across a diverse community of players, the Institute of Play leverages games and play as critical contexts for learning, innovation, and change in the 21st century."
last edited on Monday, January 25, 2010