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Halo 2 and your 3rd period class

Sylvia and I have been emailing back and forth about video games, mostly because I've been bugging her. My vision, unfulfilled so far, is to have my students create a working video game simulation of The Grapes of Wrath.



Why?



First, a slew recent books have convinced me that video games represent an evolution in thinking about motivation and how we learn. Steven Johnson's… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 24, 2007 at 12:12pm — 3 Comments

Bursting the 2.0 Bubble

So, recently I read E.D. Hirsch's The Knowledge Deficit. Hirsch (Core Knowledge Reading Program) is know as being a heavy proponent of phonics, but this book goes further in advocating a knowledge heavy curriculum (You can always look it up...or can you)?. Not only that he suggests the curriculum… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 15, 2007 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Writing a digital essay...

...is really, really hard.



I thought it would be a good idea to actually try and do the things I ask my students do, even though one of the great perks of being a teacher is avoiding homework. And I realized that creating a digital essay is ridiculously, insanely, exhilaratingly hard.



One of the issues is that no one's really sure what a digital essay looks like because the form is in it's infant stages. Probably the best examples out there right now are… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 12, 2007 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Memorizing the Flow

So, a lot of the edublogerrati have heard of and referenced Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow. It's one of those memes--the desired state of total immersion in a complex task that enables you to experience a state of semi-ecstasy--that's… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 10, 2007 at 2:16pm — 3 Comments

Why Wiki?

So, this is the first time I've been involved with Ning or any kind of social network. Normally, I lurk. Big time lurk. I have a pretty good list of Google Reader feeds and my own diet of info that I hoover semi-omnivorously (Arts and Letters Daily, Will R, Metafilter, Bookslut, Mr. Verb,… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 7, 2007 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

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