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I started making image quotes with Google Presentations in May 2015. I called that early series quotable quotes.

My current tool of choice is and I now CC attribute the images more precisely.

This week I am revisiting some of the older image quotes and updating them. The first update is one of my favourites:

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

My original image quotable quote was:
We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

This tweet claims that the person in the photo is futuristic. He is not.

Some might say that he is innovative. He might be if you consider “being innovative” to be “creativity in action”.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then creativity is the father.
I have a simpler notion. The “innovation” was born of necessity and required a bit of creative thinking.

The “innovator” simply used what he literally had on hand: His cap, his phone, and the handrail on the seat of the bus. The person had a first world problem and he used is old noggin to devise a solution.

How to you teach this type of thinking?

You do not. You provide time and space for it.

You let students learn by play.

You help students catch this learning with challenging projects, nurtured passion, and meaningful peer-based collaboration. All these happen with difficult play or “hard fun”.

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Teachers can relearn how to do this by empathising with their students. Teachers need to play games to see why and how unstructured fun can lead to powerful learning opportunities.

How to see possibilities Open your eyes to read. Open your hands to try. Open your mind to new ideas. Open your heart to being a kid again.

This is one of my favourite quotes. It reminds me to remain a kid no matter how old I am.

I have noted a few times in my blog that this quote has been attributed to a few people: Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Lee, and Bernard Shaw.

I created this slide in Haiku Deck a while ago and forgot about it until I rummaged around. The artefact would not be possible if someone did not share the photograph under Creative Commons.


We all play the game. So the question is not whether to play.

We have different reasons for playing. So it might be pointless to question why.

Some play nice, some play nasty. So the question is how.

Consider your bid to be liked (in person or on Facebook) or be the best you can be or roll out change. How are you playing that game?

I look around me and see nasty players getting away with what they do. Taking credit due to someone else, sabotaging efforts, creating fear, lying to your face.

I try to remind myself of the same thing I told my son. It is the same thing he remembers and throws back at me in case I forget. It is a much maligned quote attributed to Edmund Burke: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

I play to do something.

But in real life, the bad guys (and the bad guys who think they are good guys) win. Often.

And in that context, do you select “Continue” or “End”?

This tweet popped up on my Twitter stream earlier this week.

Talk about overkill.

I wonder if the same person would like to monitor personal email for evidence of work too. After all, if staff should not be shopping at work, they should not be working during their personal time.

Such black and white dichotomies of thinking and acting are not just outdated, they are also harmful. They show a lack of understanding, currency, and concern. This could lead to an erosion of trust and morale.

Why enact policy when there can be guidelines? Why impose technical monitoring when there can be social systems of checks and measures?

I am a YouTube fan of Charlie Todd’s improv experiments. I first learnt about his efforts when I watched the videos on MP3 experiments.

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I only just discovered his 2011 TED Talk. It takes him awhile to deliver his message (as adults, there is no right or wrong way to play) but he does so at the end.

It reminds me of a saying that has been attributed to more than one person (Benjamin Franklin; Joseph Lee; Bernard Shaw):

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

When we stop playing, we lose that joy and sense of wonderment. We lose our fearlessness and our curiosity. We lose our ability to ask dumb questions.

When we stop playing, we lose our best way to learn.

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I am definitely going to use this video for any course or workshop on video game-based learning.

I had several reinforcements and takeaways after watching it.

The soundbite that I am taking away from my initial viewing is that play is not just an activity. It is a state of mind.

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