Becker Blog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, Gamification, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Academia, and sometimes Rural Life and other notions. Comments are welcome but will be edited as necessary to maintain relevance.

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Posts by Becker Blog

What rescued farm animals taught a photographer about aging and animal rights | CBC Radio

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Sunday Edition, CBC Radio: As I listened to your segment on old farm animals, I became more and more […]

Worth Sharing: The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class So much for the benefits of […]

Worth Sharing: Students aren’t learning enough – a brewing crisis in higher education

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Too many graduates are not prepared to think critically and creatively, speak and write cogently, solve problems, comprehend complex issues, […]

Worth Sharing: Why Playfulness Is the Key to Success in the 21st-Century

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes THIS is why my version of “gamification” is so important. The Most Important Skill of Today? Source: Why Playfulness Is […]

IS it What Straight-A Students Get Wrong, or is it what WE get wrong?

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute It’s not the students’ fault. Not making marks random, and reducing the risks of failure are what gives students more […]

Worth Sharing: “Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute I am glad to see more evidence against this notion. It’s almost always a good idea to provide learning material […]

Worth Sharing: Serious Games Today

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute A new resource well worth checking out! http://www.seriousgames.today Who Made This? This site was built by Digitalmill, Inc. Digitalmill is […]

YAY! Open Access ~~NOT~~

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes So, I’ve been an editor for a pay to publish journal. It actually wasn’t clear to me that they WERE […]

If you are a teacher, especially in Higher Ed, THIS IS IMPORTANT.

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutesI’m not going to add anything to this post, as it deserves to stand on its own. I’ll comment in another […]

My 2¢ – Is It Ethical for Nutrition Scientists to Accept Industry Money?

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minuteSource: Is It Ethical for Nutrition Scientists to Accept Industry Money? Grant money should be blinded – ALL of it. Those […]

Contract Grading? Really?!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutesI’ve known about the concept of contract grading for some time, but have never really seriously considered it. Then I saw […]

Evolution of the “Good” vs “Bad” Gamification Chart, PART 1.

I’m working on the 1st volume of a set of books devoted to gamification in learning. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion […]

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