RIP3 It Reflection

For the final project, I was required to pick an app or website that could be used in an educational capacity. I chose Quizlet, as I had heard many good things about its use as a study aid. While I completed the criteria questions, I started to kick around ideas about how I would create a lesson that was based around the use of Quizlet. Eventually, I settled on the idea of a jigsaw learning activity to prepare students for a summative assessment in a literature unit. With this in mind, I began to write my narrative while creating the materials for the lessons in Quizlet.

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Gamification & the Focus on Strategies

As we barrel on into the 21st century, the educational landscape seems to notice a lack of engagement in our current students. From content that feels disconnected from students’ daily lives to outdated modes of presentation, engagement (in an intuitive sense) seems to be the main struggle for educators. Many educators have proposed solutions to this problem, but one method has been gaining ground in classrooms throughout the nation: gamification.

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Multi-Media Storytelling: the Missing Link for Engagement?

The internet can be overwhelming at times. This is the understatement of the year, but with all of the information available at our fingertips, many writers, publications, and websites have to fight to catch the attention of the all-consuming cyber public. At the forefront of this fight is the explosion of the multi-media storytelling, a ubiquitous format that is transforming how we read and consume content.Read More »

Are All Social Media Platforms Created Equal?

As I mentioned in my last post, being a part of “the Internet Generation” means that I have had a lot of experience with social media in my personal and professional life. In studying to become an educator, I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about how the social media I use is going to effect our teaching environments, and how it can be proactively integrated in the classroom, rather than being tacked on arbitrarily. Keeping these ideas in mind, I decided to analyze two of my most used (and very popular) social media tools, and formulate some opinions on how they can best be used in the classroom.Read More »