The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (2015; Review)

Game-based learning is “Gamification’s” cousin from around the bend. Sure, they are mighty similar and come from the same family, but each are drastically different; where one, Gamification, takes the non-gaming and turns it into a game, the other, Game-based learning, centers around pre-made games meant to explicitly function as games. Sometimes, the two don’t…Read more »

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better and What Hasn’t (Review)

I really didn’t want to but I relented and did– I bought an overpriced digital copy of editor Kevin Jennings’s third installment in the “One Teacher in 10” series. I knew that I should have bought it but I couldn’t resist. I wanted to read it ASAP and without waiting another whole academic year. So…Read more »

The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (Review)

As a pre-service teacher– someone who is training or soon-to-be training as a teacher– I was immensely interested in non-traditional pedagogical methodology. I think this is obvious as it is a societal cliche– what is more well-worn or good for a laugh than the idealistic teacher who tries to reinvent the wheel and love their…Read more »

The Untold Power of Water Hoses: or, Reviewing “Merlin: The Return” (2000; Dir. Paul Matthews)

I’ll be honest, for a good third of this movie, I had no idea what was happening. Even going to Wikipedia didn’t help much (which surprised me since Wikipedia usually’s a safe bet with these older movies). And even though the arcane plot finally clicked with me about 30-something minutes into the film, this is…Read more »