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

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 5

  Once we knew we would not be able to keep Rubic, we started looking for a replacement. This is one of the many many […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 3

Just so you know, at the time of this writing, Arrow is still with us, but he’s been slowing down for some time, and is […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 4

Arrow grew into the absolute most trustworthy guardian any human could ever hope to ask for. He steadfastly REFUSED to harm ANYTHING (that didn’t belong […]

5 mistaken differences between education games and the gamification of education

And 12 ways in which these ideas are problematic. Gamification is generally defined as the use of game design elements in non-game contexts. Fair enough. […]

Why do eggs have so many shapes?

A massive new study finds that how much a bird flies influences how their egg rolls OK. Great webpage, design-wise. BUT, I have TWO problems […]

Gene Rummy Released!

Gene Rummy is now available! Both the Full and Novice versions are available for purchase now! Gene Rummy is a bunny-themed card game that helps teach the […]

Worth Sharing: ‘Collaboration’ Creates Mediocrity, Not Excellence, According to Science |

Boy, can I relate to this: A recent study published in Applied Psychology has now confirmed that a collaborative work environment can make top performers–the […]

[Gameful Learning]: TWO BOOKS

I’ve decided to split my new book into two parts. Book 1 working title – Gamification 101: An Inquiry Based Journey ~ 150-200 pages; likely retail […]

[Gameful Learning] Table of Contents for Gamification 101

Here is the current Table of Contents for Gamification 101 (Book 1) Gamification 101: An Inquiry Based Journey Part 1 – Background Prologue What s […]