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If I had to teach the concept of affordances in 10 minutes, I would use this video.

Most people use Excel to create spreadsheets and graphs. This Japanese retiree’s use of Excel to paint is an unexpected use of the program. The former is a designed or intended use. The latter is a perceived or negotiated use.

In education, we also speak of technical, social, and pedagogical affordances. These take longer than 10 minutes to teach and might require a lifetime to master.

Is there a master Japanese artist who might illustrate these affordances by accident?

I will refrain from making spreadsheet jokes because this edutainer makes most of them.

Warning: Spoiler ahead.


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In the video, Matt Parker showed us why all digital photos are actually spreadsheets because of the screens that display them.

The video might be unpacked and compared with traditional teaching. This would challenge our notions of what it means to teach.


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