In our most recent episode of Teachers Talking Teaching (get it here), John and I talk about Goblin – which I think is the most exciting Teacher PD I have heard about in a very long time.

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The PD Goblin, slay him to help develop your understanding of gamification in education – by Keegan Long-Wheeler and John Stewart http://goblin.education/what-is-goblin/

Goblin (at Goblin.Education) is a PD that instead of lecturing at you, utilises the pedagogy that you’re learning about to instruct you. In short, it’s a pen and paper/D20 role playing game broken into several sessions followed by a guided instruction. Marvelous.

Goblin is the brainchild of two ninja’s from the Centre for Teaching Excellence out of the University of Oklahoma. They are Keegan Long-Wheeler and John Stewart and they are quite simply rad.

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D20 RPG style (Photo by Sayaka Sawanoguchi)

You should definitely check it out – John and I will be working to set up a raiding party in the new year.

It also led into a discussion – an important discussion I feel – about Open Source teaching culture as compared to Teacherpreneurial culture (not my favourite portmanteau). But more on this (read: ranting) in an upcoming post.

John brought an article about classroom furniture that was much more interesting than it initially sounds – I promise. Its underlying thesis was that classrooms should be much more like coffee shops in their flexibility and design. You can read it yourself at http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article105815121.html and it is by Suzanne Perez Tobias.

Check out the episode and let us know what you think.

Pete Whiting

@Mr_van_W