Comicpalooza Presentation Resources

Welcome Comicpalooza attendees. Below are some resources related to our talk. Also, check the Resources menu above to discover more — like homeschool laws, websites & blogs, books, videos, conferences, unschooling groups, and more.

We did a panel talk titled “Rebooting Education: How gaming, social media, and pop culture support the learning process.” The slides from that presentation can be downloaded here (12 MB PDF).

Texas Unschoolers at Comicpalooza 2016

A little 4½ minute video we made.

John Holt — Unschooling Pioneer
Growing Without Schooling —

Peter Gray — The Biology of Education: How Children Learn Through Free Play and Exploration
Highly recommended video, recorded at our 2015 Texas Unschoolers Conference — Dr. Gray relates the anthropological research that shows how children, throughout history and across all cultures, have thrived by self-educating through play to learn the skills required for survival in their culture.

Also, see Peter Gray’s blog at Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn and his Alternatives to School website.

Sugata Mitra — Kids Can Teach Themselves
Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own — and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

Jane McGonigal — Gaming Can Make a Better World
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Video Games Play May Provide Learning, Health, Social Benefits, Review Finds
While one widely held view maintains playing video games is intellectually lazy, such play actually may strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory and perception, according to several studies reviewed in the article.

Time spent playing video games may have positive effects on young children
A new study assessed the association between the amount of time spent playing video games and children’s mental health and cognitive and social skills, and found that playing video games may have positive effects on young children.

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