At work I am a designer, prototyper and explorer of new media like video games, iphone apps and new exciting stuff like augmented reality and citizen science. I’m completely fascinated with what happens when people get jazzed about an idea – how passion seems to unlock the pursuit of learning, beauty and even justice. More and more, I’m thinking about how to create systems of interest and motivation for educational purposes and at home I’m wondering what that means for raising my 18mo/old daughter.
If I could have it my way, every person on the planet would spend the majority of their day doing things that inspire them. I think the educational system can help to that end.
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David J. Gagnon (University of Wisconsin, Madison) is the program manager of the Mobile Learning Incubator, a team of designers, developers and researchers who are exploring the intersections of place, games and design through prototyping. David also directs the ARIS Project, an open-source tool and global community that produces locative games and data collection activities. Additionally, David in an instructional designer with the ENGAGE program where he collaborates with faculty to leverage new media for teaching and learning. David has an B.S in computer science an M.S in curriculum and instruction and has managed numerous educational media projects over the last 6 years, specializing in computer simulation, gaming and mobile media.