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Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, look it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is more popular is truly running neck and neck. No matter who you ask, the answer is always different, and usually very passionate. Christine Donovan, from…

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Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You

Lebowski ipsum dO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY? Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit praesent ac magna justo pellentesque ac lectus quis. Mr. Lebowski asked me to repeat that: Her life is in your hands. Elit blandit fringilla a ut turpis praesent felis ligula, malesuada suscipit malesuada non. That is our most modestly priced receptacle. Ultrices non urna sed orci ipsum, placerat id condimentum rutrum, rhoncus. Yeah man, it really tied the room together. Ac…

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Two Books with Horrible Dating Advice

When I was single, buy I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, case and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite that bad. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the right girl, and the rest is history. But even though my “game” probably sucked, I knew some common rules of dating. I…

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To place among other colors and forms

A solid aluminum bar, diagnosis painted a striking red-orange, ed and bearing the text “TO PLACE AMONG OTHER COLORS AND FORMS.” Limited to a numbered edition of 25 with accompanying edition card, ampoule produced and signed by Clark. This is an artwork intended to occupy different areas of your home over time, creating new relational experiences in areas you may have become “blind” to from over-familiarity. This piece asks you to re-see the arrangement it…

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Writing, Creativity and Motivation

Voltaire is reputed to have said to a client “… madam, medical here is the novel you commissioned it’s in two volumes, discount if I had more time I could have written it in one.” What a dramatic statement! It gets to the heart of new writers problems – how to be clear and concise. As an established writer I am frequently asked for advice but fail miserably in supplying answers. I have been writing…

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“A really well designed game is a beautiful learning system.”

Marianne Malmstrom is a leader in the use of virtual environments, look digital games and multimedia in education. In this video from EdTalks New Zealand, prescription filmed in August 2014, she talks about her learning journey and leap of faith as she discovered how her students were learning outside school in game contexts. She calls herself a “cognitive architect” at the Elisabeth Morrow School and draws on over 30 years experience as a classroom teacher and…

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How do I gamify my classroom smartly?

At first glance, game-inspired learning and gamification seem to be simple ways to make lessons more engaging. However, introducing game elements into the classroom is more than just applying reward systems, like points and badges, arbitrarily to class activities and hoping that they would make the activity more engaging for students. They are also not just about turning every lesson into a game that students play in class. Rather, they are a PROCESS in which…

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Science City Heroes – gamification in middle school science classes

Scholar’s Quest: Science City Heroes is a a game layer experience applied over existing science curriculum in which students have the opportunity to earn three kinds of collectible and playable cards: (1) red “Science Victory” cards titled Creativity, Curiosity, Analytical Thinking, Persistence and Evidence, given when students exhibit these traits based on National Research Council (NRC) science standards (now updated as the Next Generation Science Standards); (2) green “Success” cards to promote positive academic behaviors and…

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How do people construct meaning while learning?

According to Jerome Bruner, see a Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow at the NYU School of Law, ampoule people of all ages construct meaning based on their own experiences. In learning new information, they add it to what they already know. He calls this learning theory constructivism. For example, in a classroom of 25 students, there will be 25 different sets of meaning being constructed; each learner processes and makes meaning of…

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Are you part of a “community of practice”?

When people share a common interest, order are knowledgeable experts about that interest, store and form relationships based on it, order they can create a community of practice (CoP). This theory, developed by Dr. Jean Lave and Dr. Etienne Wenger, emphasizes that these relationships can vary based on the practical knowledge that members have about the shared interest. These experts collaborate and support each other in learning more around their interest and in furthering their…

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