I work for Macquarie University and schools around innovation, social inclusion, equity and accessibility. My focus is on Imaginative Education, Game Based Learning and Project Based Learning. I have published books though ACER about learning in a changing world and virtual worlds for education with long-time associate Judy O’Connell. I have written for health, parent and educational publications and journals in print and online. I have presented at many major educational conferences, though my preference is to conduct workshops in the things I love – with children, parents and teachers. In school settings I work in change-leadership, innovation and future-planning for school systems and non-government organisations internationally on scholarly programs to improve academic and social outcomes for all students.
If I had a job title, it might be Gentleman Adventurer or Imaginary Friend. Much of my time is now spent working in social-enterprise with educator, designer and renowned virtual world developer Jo Kay in a public-sphere game based learning model called Massively Minecraft.org. In it over 800 children, teachers and parents are using an online sandbox game to learn about digital culture, technological skills and digital citizenship with 24/7 usage. An adapted game-model is been used successfully by school-systems in Victoria and Tasmania. I am currently writing an eBook on “Powerful Imagination for the Game Kid Generation” which is a guide for parents and teachers about how to help children learn, feel good at life and understand the real world though computer and video games. I don’t have a publisher sadly.
If you are interested in working with me, me writing for you, assisting our public-game or learning about any of the things I write about then please do. I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.