Making Curriculum Pop

(I'm following Ryan's suggestion and posting this information here in the discussion forum; it  is also cross-posted in my blog and in the New Media & Technology group.)

There is a very nice video piece on the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Spotlight Blog about the work I and my colleagues have been doing in South Africa with mobile phones and games:

The game site, DevInfo Gameworks, is free and open to everyone, and you can check out the games kids from two schools made using media collected with phones; go to, click "play games" from the right-side menu, and look for the featured games about Ennerdale and Mafikeng, South Africa.  Don't hesitate to sign yourself up, and we'd be thrilled if you tried it out with a group of students!

DIGW originally came out of the University of Michigan - Flint Technology in Education Global Program, and a bunch of other projects from that program are underway right now, on topics ranging from environment and social action to literature and environmental science. All were developed by educators pursuing master's degrees at UM in the tradition of the Interactive Communications and Simulations Group and in partnership with a range of international organizations. (For a taste of what ICS does, see Ryan's forum post from last September.)

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