The Beckerblog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, 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 The Beckerblog

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 1

On a farm, we often have to cope with grief while the object of our grief is still here. We are far from unique in […]

On Grief And Farming (A.K.A. Me and My Arrow) Pt. 2

I’m the one on our farm who has primary responsibility for all the lives that exist on that farm. I’m the one who makes almost […]

Would You Buy This Book: Death to Deadlines….

Death to Deadlines: Gamification and Other Subversive Thoughts on Formal Education With any luck at all, this book will save you countless hours heading down […]

Academic mobbing, or how to become campus tormentors | University Affairs

Yup. If anyone wants to know why I gave up a job I had loved for over 20 years (and was VERY good at); why […]

We Are Finally Ready (Almost) – Gene Rummy

It’s been a long time in development, but I am thrilled to announce that we are finally in the last stages of development. There is […]

New Book: Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom: A Practical Guide

See larger image Additional Images: Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom: A Practical Guide (Advances in Game-Based Learning) By (author): Katrin Becker This […]

Formative vs Summative vs Confirmative vs Predictive Evaluation

Confused about the difference between summative and formative evaluation? Did you know there are two other kinds of assessment that we rarely talk about in […]

The Clark-Kozma Debate in the 21st Century

For a long time now, this paper has been the most popular paper on my collection, and I finally figured out why…… Turns out, […]

Who has a good anonymous blog?

A new semester means a new set of students doing my “internet stalking” quest. This an adaptation of an assignment created by Robert Runte (ULeth), […]

There’s more to Gamification than Narratives and Competition

Survival of the Fittest (Gamification) by Tuesday, May 10, 2016 I start class by explaining to the students that they have been cast on a […]

Teaching Out Loud vs Teaching Loud vs Teach-Aloud

Every student in every class deserves an answer to these 2 questions: Why am I doing this? What is it good for? If you can’t […]

Worth Sharing: New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on “Virtual Violence” is, Basically, Nuts: Why Parents and Policy Makers Can Ignore It

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a long history of releasing policy statements on media which are both wildly alarmist and grossly inaccurate. These […]