EdTech Podcast #3: Real or Real Like?

Episode #3: Real or Real Like?

Is the experience of enjoying The Monkees any less real to the person individual because they do not meet the traditional understanding of a music band? What about learning experiences? Are they different to the end user because they are delivered by other than authentic, experiential means? I’m really struggling with the notion of authenticity. What is authentic? In this episode Brian & I discuss the philosophical meaning of a 60s pop phenomenom and what it means to education.

As always, comments most welcome.

    • dave
    • March 24th, 2011

    Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you.

    The Monkees® were excellent television entertainers and “just in time” heroes to legions of adolescents who needed a pasteurized dose of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Rock Band® is an excellent game and cultural phenomena that I think taps into the same adolescent desires. I remember being in a Monkees® skit in junior high school talent show, but no one tried to teach music with it. Perhaps Rock Band® can build the elementary eye hand coordination needed to begin learning a musical instrument, perhaps it starts students on a track of bad technique—I’m not sure. Regardless, both the Monkees® and Rock Band® are real things with real attributes, and if understood clearly and honestly, could become useful assets for designers trying to enhance learning. If anything is labeled by its hype, its pedagogical uses become questionable. The Monkees® didn’t play Woodstock®, but they certainly did the job they were created for. Hopefully our learning designers will be able to cut through the hype and use the affordances of all this media in a useful, honest, effective way.

    Wasn’t I Real before?” asked the little Rabbit.
    “You were Real to the Boy,” the Fairy said, “because he loved you.

    I just had to quote Margery Williams’ Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real. It’s a favorite.

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