So unfortunately this week I was denied on my cunning plan to write a paper on the application of the Siftables to the classroom. It seems that a key part of the outcome is that the course coordinator wants us to actually build something we can pick up, and take directly into our work after we graduate. Part of the plan is that we will show our work with other students and take copies of the stuff we think is cool.
I'm not completely convinced about using resources developed by students as part of their skill development as actual teaching resources, but I'm not going to have that argument (nor the various other objections I could make). Know which battles to fight as they say.
On a more positive note, I have exchanged several emails with David Merrill who is very helpfully providing me with some more detail on what the Siftables will be capable of which will inform how they can be deployed in the classroom. If I get enough detail from him I will a) share it here, and b) probably have a crack at writing the paper anyway.
In the meantime, I will have to think of something I can actually develop for the assessment. While AR/VRML is tempting, it sounds like it could be a lot of work for not much return. Will have to investigate further…