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Game Inspired Design

Transforming Classrooms into Gamerooms

Game Inspired Design in the Modern Classroom

What is it about gaming that is so engaging? How can we take those engaging traits and apply it to our classrooms?

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Dreadsheets: Using Spreadsheets for Boss Battles

Over the last few months I have been experimenting with "Boss Fights". In assessment terms the boss fight the potential to fill several rolls and in my case, I used the fights as a major formative assessment. My first attempt... Continue Reading →

Two kinds of Christmas Trees?

Happy Holiday dear readers! Most cultures have some sort of Winter Holiday. A time when people band together to both figuratively and literally shine light on the dark and lonely months of winter. It is not an accident that these... Continue Reading →

Game Friends: #WellPlayedU episode 35

A quick post as I recover from grading Final Papers... I was again blessed to participate in a Well Played podcast with Michael Matera (@MrMatera). Even more blessed - I was part of his first 3 person pod with myself... Continue Reading →

Games and Relationships

This year in education is the "year of relationship building". I've been in education over 15 years and have begun notice that each year their is a theme floating in the educational zeitgeist. A few years ago it was 'rigor'.... Continue Reading →

#EduRunners and Social Fun

Is there anything more exciting than when a group of gamified educators inadvertantly implement a gamification concept on themselves!? During Tuesdays #XPLAP chat (I think) a little side chat about running started to take shape. Stefanie Crawford (@MrsCford_tweets) and Trisha... Continue Reading →

Sketchnotes Trial #1 Reflections

I am now through 2 cycles of classes using sketchnoting as an opening activity. What I am learning about this technique is that it is a mentally engaging activity for the person taking the notes. Like any classroom activity that... Continue Reading →

GAME INSPIRED!: Idea Generation Pod with Mr. Matera

I love reading or listening to creative people talk about how they work. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a MacArthur Genius award winner and incredibly thoughtful writer, is very open about his process. What I am always stuck by when he talks about... Continue Reading →

Sketchnote Plan (First Attempt In Learning)

Over the last year or so I keep running into the idea of Sketchnotes. I love offering the opportunity to draw as a product in my assignments, but from what I can gather Sketchnoting is meant as an initial intake... Continue Reading →

Just… Exhausted…

Ive reached that point in the year where I am,just mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. Yes, teaching is a calling... a passion... a lifestyle... a career... but it is still just plain hard work. If you are reading this you... Continue Reading →

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