Feeling Blessed And Loved, Even With Residual Tumor In My Head

Coral pattern underwater that looks like a brain.
Last week was a big week for me. I finally got the staples removed from my head! (Read more about this in my last post.) But more importantly, I got the pathology results from the neurosurgeon. My tumor was benign rather than malignant. That means I won’t have to receive radiation at this time. (WAHOO!) […]

A SAMR Model For Games & Learning – Some Thoughts

Child playing with lego blocks.
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 […]

Hacking My Presentation – Gamifying the Classroom

Book of code laying on a book of text.
Fact: Graduate students are the best! 🙂 So, last night I hosted a workshop about “gamifying the classroom” (and game-based learning) for the Graduate Teaching Academy hosted by OU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. I ended up experimenting with this workshop quite a bit and wanted to share some of my adventures/reflections. Storytelling – A Presentation Platform? […]

iPadPaloozaOU 2017 Reflection

Looking over a crowd at a concert stage with concert lighting
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 […]

My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

Lego bricks on a black table cloth.
As I write my thoughts (a lot more than originally intended) on the plane home, I’m struck by the fact that my face is rather sore from laughing and smiling so much during #OLCInnovate. Not sure if this is any indication of the last several months or the sheer fun I had at #OLCInnovate? The … Continue reading My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

I Made My First Game

Dominos on a table spelling quiet
Lots of things are happening, but I wanted to take a moment and talk about a project from last month. I participated in my first game jam! Serenity Forge hosted this event over the weekend of August 5-7th and the theme was to build games about “Healing.” Due to the timing and the theme of this game jam, I … Continue reading I Made My First Game

I Made My First Game

Dominos on a table spelling quiet
Lots of things are happening, but I wanted to take a moment and talk about a project from last month. I participated in my first game jam! Serenity Forge hosted this event over the weekend of August 5-7th and the theme was to build games about “Healing.” Due to the timing and the theme of this game jam, I … Continue reading I Made My First Game