TPCK book signing

One of the important events at the New Orleans AACTE meeting was the release of the TPCK Handbook for Educators and the book signing. This was the first time I had ever participated in a book signing and it was great fun. Here are some photographs from the event…

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From left to right: Joel Colbert, (the missing) Matt Koehler, Punya Mishra, Kamili Anderson, Nancy DePlatchett, Marcela van Olphen, and Mario Kelly.

AACTE Major Forum Presentation

I include below a copy of the AACTE Major Forum presentation (announcement here) that I made at New Orleans on Saturday, February 9. There were other things that I participated in (as listed here) and I will post about them later. Matt was supposed to do this talk (as part of our standard exchange program) but he fell sick and I had to end up doing this. I too the draft we had developed jointly and made two fundamental changes. First, was tweaking it to match my style of presentation, and second, I wanted to dedicate this talk to R. K. Joshi, maybe the most influential teacher I have ever had. The latter took a bit more work but I think I managed to pull it off so that this dedication would integrate smoothly with the other issues and look tacked on.

Joel Colbert introduces each of the presenters and we went in the following sequence. Continue reading →

RK, calligrapher, designer, teacher

R.K. Joshi
1936 – 2008

R. K. Joshi was a calligrapher, typographer, artist, type-designer, and teacher. He has been maybe the greatest influence on me and what I do as a designer and teacher. And I know I am not alone. He influenced a generation or more of designers in India and elsewhere.

I got to know RK (as he was known) when I was a student at the Industrial Design Center, at IIT Mumbai. Continue reading →

Hotels & the internet

A while ago David Pogue, NYTimes tech columnist and reviewer, asked a his readers a series of questions that he hadn’t been able to find an answer for. This list, called Pogue’s Imponderables, generated a lot of comments from readers. One of his questions was “Why is Wi-Fi free at cheap hotels, but $14 a night at expensive ones?”

I have had some opportunity to ponder this question during my stay at the Hilton Riverside at New Orleans. Continue reading →

Value in an age of free…

What happens when an economy “built on selling precious copies” suddenly confronts the world of the Internet – a world based on the “free flow of free copies?” Kevin Kelly confronts this issue in a recent post titled, Better than free. As he says, “how does one make money selling free copies?”

He suggests that we need to look at the issue from the point of view of the user (why would we ever pay for anything that we could get for free?) and through this identifies some key qualities that cannot be copied. Continue reading →

Going crazy with i-Image

In a previous post I had described David Wong‘s website and his idea of making i-Images. As David describes them, i-Images are “professional, provocative images that seize the viewer’s attention and, more importantly, spark their imagination.”

Anyway, after he shared some of his i-Images with me, including one that was based on a photo taken by me, I got bitten by the i-Image bug and have created a few… Continue reading →

Ideas are cool

My colleague and friend David Wong has this cool idea, about making ideas cool. Actually, he has been espousing these ideas for a while now (check out his scholarly publications, in particular The Rebirth of Cool [Word doc]). But now this academic has stepped out of his ivory tower, and in collaboration with Regina Carey has set up this website As their website says:

Our purpose is to make school ideas cool. Cool ideas spark the imagination and stir our feelings. They cause us to stop what we’re doing, look more closely, share with our friends, and, perhaps, be forever changed. If an iPod can become something that everyone talks about and enjoys being with, why can’t an idea do the same?

Here is an i-Image David just emailed me, based on a photo I had taken many years ago. You can find out more about i-Images, and their creative ideas for using them, from their website…

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Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Alien Games

A journal article on games and gender, that has been years in the making is finally going to see the light of day! The complete reference and abstract can be found below. Drop me an email if you would like a copy.

Heeter, C., Egidio, R., Mishra, P., Winn, B., & Winn, J. (accepted). Alien Games: Do girls prefer games designed by girls? Games & Culture Journal. Continue reading →

Introducing Matt ‘n Punya

Joel Colbert is coordinating the AACTE special forum on TPCK and will be introducing all the speakers and leading the discussion after the presentations. He asked each of the speakers to send him a short introductory blurb that he could use to introduce us. This is what I sent him, about Matt and myself.Continue reading →

New Orleans, here we come…

Matt and I will be at New Orleans next week for the AACTE Annual Conference. The last time I went to New Orleans must have been in 2000 or 2001… so I am looking forward to going there. There are three specific things we will be involved with.

  • Meeting of the AACTE’s Innovation and Technology Committee, Thursday, February 7 from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Norwich Room on the 3rd floor of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside
  • Book signing for Handbook of TPCK, Friday, February 8, 2:00 – 3:30. We are expecting the following authors/editors: Matt Koehler, Punya Mishra, Mario Kelly, Nancy DePlachett, Marcela van Olphen, Raven McCrory, Joel Colbert…Having never participated in a book signing before… I am kind of excited, even though this is an edited book, and I have just one chapter in it, co-authored with Matt. That said, it is a book on TPCK, which is cool.
  • AACTE Major Forum, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in the Versaille Ballroom
    I have blogged about this event before… more details, and copy presentation coming soon.

TPCK book covers

I finally received a copy of the Handbook of TPCK for educators (which I had blogged about previously here). It looks great! Matt and I have a key chapter (Introducing TPCK). I hadn’t read this in a while, and after I got the book, I skimmed it… and it reads well. In fact, I believe that this is one of the better pieces Matt and I have written, and we have written quite a bit of stuff together. Anyway, receiving the book reminded me of something I had intended to blog for a while, but had just never gotten around do.

The cover of the book is designed by Smita Sawai (with some input from me). Smita is a talented graphic designer who runs her own graphic design business Avani-Design. She also happens to be my wife :-) Continue reading →

Taare Zameen Par

Taare Zameen Par (loosely translated as “Stars on the earth”) is a new movie produced and directed by Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars. He also acts in it. What is unique about this movie is that despite its Bollywood trappings, it is a somewhat serious take on education in India. Through its story of a creative but dyslexic boy struggling to survive in school, TZP makes a heartfelt argument for going beyond tests and typical academic knowledge. Continue reading →

Summer Ball by Lupica

I picked up Summer Ball by Mike Lupica from Soham this evening, and ended up finishing it at one go (another excuse for not working on our AACTE presentation). Lupica writes sports novels for young adults and Summer Ball is a sequel to his previous best-seller Travel Team. I did not have high expectations from this book since I had been less than impressed by Travel Team, a book I had read (once again picking it up from Soham) a year or so ago. Worse still, I could not even go beyond the first few pages of his next book, Heat. Continue reading →

The medium is the massage

Nicholas Carr has an interesting post (titled Rewiring the mind) on the findings of a recent study into the information seeking behaviors of scholars. (The full study in pdf format can be downloaded here.) Carr seems to suggest that these results indicate a fundamental change in human cognition. I have to agree that new technologies do generate (and require) new forms of literacy – but I am not sure I completely agree that interaction with information on the Internet is changing how we think. Worth reading and discussing…

Image credit: breezeDebris via Flickr

Looking for IT in India

A few days ago Jack Schwille, assistant dean for international studies in education, sent an email out to all faculty and students at the college of education announcing a talk by me titled: “Help Punya find IT in India?” This presentation was to be fifth in the series “Lessons Learned and New Directions in International Research in Education.” He followed this by plastering the entire college with flyers stating “Help Punya find IT.

This cryptic series of announcements became quite a sensation. Continue reading →

Faculty Development by Design

Faculty Development by Design: Integrating Technology in Higher Education. A volume in the series: Research Methods for Educational Technology. Series Editor(s): Walt Heinecke, University of Virginia

Edited by: Punya Mishra, Matthew J. Koehler, Yong Zhao
This book attempts to offer not just a bird’s-eye view of the communities of designers project, but also to help identify broad themes and issues that can inform discussions and policies of technology integration at other institutions.Continue reading →

On becoming a website

I wrote this essay a few years ago, around the time I was going up for tenure. I saw writing this as a welcome change from the usual academic stuff I had been writing. I was bored and tired of taking on this third-person, impersonal intellectual voice and just wanted to write something for the pleasure of it. I wanted it to be intellectually honest but not “academic.” In short I wanted to write something that I would like to read (and would enjoy writing). The result was this essay which was published in FirstMonday (after a year-long wait). Continue reading →

The carving of Carver

Creativity and collaboration. Authorship and editorial prerogative, who has the final say, and who should receive the credit?

Here is an article in Drexel University’s Magazine “The Smart Set” about the role Raymond Carver’s editor played in “finalizing” his stories. As the article says:

Mr. Lish, working at Knopf, took the stories that Carver sent him and he hacked away at them, mercilessly. He liked the stories as they were, no doubt, but he saw something else in them as well, something harder and more pure. Continue reading →

Psychoanalyzing Bush

I picked up Jacob Weisberg’s The Bush Tragedy from the library and finished reading it over the past day and a half. I have never been a fan of Bush, mainly because I was troubled, from the very beginning, by his lack of curiosity, and his unwillingness to learn. Weisberg has been a somewhat moderate fan of Bush, though he is now quite disappointed with what has happened in the past seven years. This book is his attempt to understand what went wrong and why. Continue reading →

Fragility and growth

I just finished reading Haruki Murakami’s novel South of the Border, West of the Sun. Having previously read a short story collection and a novel, I thought I knew what to expect, and yet Murakami surprised me. Continue reading →