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Unconscious Engagement

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Note: I storified this blog post here. It provides a little bit of commentary regarding "student engagement" in "learning theory," if you'd like that kind of thing. I recently received this note from a student, one of many like it submitted to discussion boards or by private email: "I see there are numerous, passionate responses in this class, which is something I'm not used to in comparison to my other online classes. I do want to be a part of it." What's my secret? I honestly don't know. I have unconsciously engaged them. In 2010, Linda Deneen of the… Read More

Machinima 4 Your Classroom

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Several EduPunxers will participating in this discussion - so why don't you join us! Machinima 4 Your Classroom Brought to you by the Machinima Working Group or Machinima 4 Mere Mortals It will cover some basics for the classroom such as setting up a YouTube channel, images and creative commons, peer reviewing for your students. Then the discussion will turn to some quick and easy Machinima making, alternatives to YouTube and Machinima groups in Second Life. This session starts out for beginners but all are encouraged to attend. Intermediate and advanced participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge. (plz) Machinima Working Group:… Read More

MMORPGs – Using and Choosing 4 Your Classroom

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
EduPunxers at VWBPE Saturday, March 19th noon West Auxillary Theatre West 4

MMORPGs - Choosing and Using in Your Classroom Heroic Assumptions: Choosing and Using MMORPGs in Your Classroom What classes do you teach? Could they be enhanced by using a MMORPG? Can you see the pedagogical value of using World of Warcraft in your classroom? What about War Hammer, Rift or even Club Penguin? This discussion will focus on using MMORPGs (Multi-Player Online Role-playing Games) for more than edutainment. All are welcome to… Read More

Teach the Egyptian Revolution

Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Here's a compilation of some of the best the internet has to offer to students and teachers seeking a better understanding of the Egyptian Revolution. Teachers: feel free to use this in any way that helps you inform your students. Students: feel free to use this to inform your teachers! The Egyptian revolution was accomplished by a diverse movement of people from all walks of life. Christians, Muslims, and atheists in all countries might consider putting their differences aside and working together.  Imagine what we can accomplish when we share love and respect! Fight the forces of divide and rule. Read More

Edupunk in Action

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
I was invited to deliver a Webinar on the subject of Understanding Islam and Muslims for Excelsior College.  I asked myself, how would an Edupunk approach the assignment? Constraints: The delivery medium was Adobe ConnectPro, and my hosts assumed I would lecture with the aid of a PowerPoint.  The invited audience would have broadband, but would not be asked to leave Adobe ConnectPro.  Excelsior College also gave me their proprietary PPT template. Otherwise, I think the only expectation was that I would create world peace!  LOL! Well, given the constraints, the controversial nature of the subject, and my complete devotion… Read More