Screen Shot 2013-05-12 at 10.11.40 AMThis is the professional blog of Steven Caldwell – an Australian teacher, ordained Buddhist and instructional designer with an interest in utilising virtual worlds and game based learning to develop positive values. Presently he works at MLC School in Burwood – a day school for girls from Pre-K to 12 (and IB)

Key to his teaching is the concept of play – learning through narrative play in interdisciplinary domains. A sense of Adventure, the articulation of positive Values and the encouragement of student Voice are the touchstones of his pedagogy.

In 2010 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research ways kids can be encouraged to be more compassionate online. He visited the US from September to November meeting with education professionals, leaders in games in learning and college faculties in order to further this aim.

In 2012 Steven became a consultant with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations. Their remit is to foster positive mental health, mutual respect and wellbeing in online spaces.

Since becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Steven has found new ways and new technologies to inspire young people to refine and define themselves and their communities. This he does through blended learning spaces such as Schoology, 3D Gamelab and in Minecraft. Of course.

When he is not exploring technology in creative ways, Steven teaches meditation and Buddhism to young people and adults.