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Rebooting the Blog

It’s finally summer!!!  Dissertation defended and published – check!  Proposals for conferences submitted – check!!  A line up of computer games to play and review – check and check!! As a side bonus, I have signed up for an MOOC in Gamification, being offered by Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania via Coursera.  Should be an interesting late summer as I play, study, and write about serious and educational uses of computer games.  (By the way, I also happen to think that they are fun too.)

I will also be working on development of a financial literacy game of my own.  No working title yet, just an early concept and the desire to learn HTML 5 to create a browser-based casual game for learning and practicing basic financial literacy concepts.

Games, virtual worlds,  and gamified endeavors that I will be reviewing:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Fitocracy
  • Nerd Fitness (and maybe a beta of their new fitness MMORPG)
  • Gaia Online
  • Mine Craft
  • Skyrim
  • D & D Online
  • Star Craft II
  • Mindbloom

Others may creep in there (and hopefully won’t blow up, taking out half of my building and all of my armor) as I look at other titles.  Friends have recommended Diablo III and League of Legends as great ways to beat the summer heat too.

And all the while, look for my guest posts at the sci-fi/fantasy book blog On Starships and Dragonwings.  Summer is a great time to indulge in all of the light stuff that the academic year pushes aside, although I do have plenty of THAT reading lined up for this month as well.


In looking around the Internet, I’m finding many, many good resources.  Interactive whiteboards have been readily adopted by teachers, especially in the K-12 range, and there is a plethora of resources for how and when to use these devices.

For demonstration purposes, there is a challenge, however.  There are a good many vendors!!  So, I will need to locate the type of board available and write up some specific instructions, especially if we want to do anything involving the computer.  Always, there is software to download and configure, but it looks like the investment will be worth it.

Meanwhile, take a look at the growing list of links I am finding for making good use of the interactive whiteboard (aka “smartboard” … which is a brand name, actually).


Bear with me as I weed through too many years and too many locations/services to pull together one, central information station … that is not in the tight control of some institution’s security systems.

Yes, yes, I know computer security is necessary.  I’ve worked for IT departments myself.  But there comes a point where the complex layers of security at multiple institutions makes creativity unworkable.

Today, I reached that point.

Why Twitter?

I twitter (often re-twitter) thoughts and content … often links to the work of others …. because I no longer can remember who might be interested in a certain topic.
Once upon a time, I had a very few friends and colleagues who shared my interests in education and technology. Now, the number is probably easily in the hundreds (and no, it is not because I’m popular…. perish the thought) because I have been lucky enough to make a great many connections in the intersection. And they don’t all use the same list-servs or social media services.
Hence, Twitter becomes my default method of broadcasting something I think may be useful to anyone with similar interests. Could be my students … could be family … could be perfect strangers. That’s the joy — the burden of trying to figure out who might be interested is taken off of me and placed on the shoulders of potential consumers. They can choose to follow me (i.e. subscribe to my feed) or simply search on keywords.
Either way, it is now up to them to decide to access my tweet or not, without me trying to remember their individual interests … and feeling like my ideas may not be worth the time it takes to delete a message in their email in-box.
For me, it is a sigh of relief combined with the feeling that I am still contributing to the distribution of information.