Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 1 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the first week of this info literacy learning community covering fake news into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Fake News existed well before the term was popularized. With the advent of digital technologies it has evolved to dominate online […]

Engaging Students in Information Literacy – A Quick Post

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Life has been a bit hectic lately (more on that at the bottom of this post), but I wanted to share a project I’ve been developing. Ever since the election, I’ve felt like society (or maybe it’s just me) is having an identity crisis. Politics is more polarizing with the prevalence of a “party before […]

Online Reading Group Invitation – Games, Learning, & Literacy

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If you’re interested in exploring games and learning over the next 4 weeks, I’m hosting a reading group. We’ll be reading What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy by Dr. James Paul Gee. I’m excited about this book because, in it, Gee offers an accessible framework for contemplating teaching and learning. Also, I […]

A SAMR Model For Games & Learning – Some Thoughts

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An interesting idea came from a Twitter conversation between Cameron Malcher, Claire Seldon, and Steven Kolber (and more folks connected through Pete), but I needed more space to write about this than Twitter affords—what would a SAMR Model for Games & Learning look like? First, much like it does for technology tools, I feel SAMR itself can be used […]

iPadPaloozaOU 2017 Reflection

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As another iPadPaloozaOU comes to a close, I’m struck by how lucky I am to have access to this excellent local conference. Bravo to Anne Beck for being a force of nature when it comes to organization and the effort required to bring together students (pre-service teachers), K-12 instructors, professors, educational technology folks, administrators (and […]

Student Twine Games Research

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This is a collection of resources I gathered while researching student made Twine games. This content is for my record and I may add more over time. Items listed are in the order I found them. Hoping this leads to more connections. 🙂 Games (& Twine Stories) Student Made Twine Games College English Class of […]

Website Spring Cleaning

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Yesterday I changed from my original WordPress theme, Twenty Fifteen, to Cover. So far I’m liking the minimal design of Cover and how the blog roll page presents post excerpts rather than the full text of each blog post. In addition to this visual overhaul, I’m sifting through my old blog post drafts and deleting […]

Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

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One of the (many) side-projects that John and I have been working on is gamifying the writing process. In particular, we’re interested in gamification that seeks to reinforce and build good habits that yield efficient writing, research, and revision. This semester, the Writing Center on our campus engaged us in brainstorming the logistics, pedagogical implications, etc. … Continue reading Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica