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Gamify Your Learning Process With Habitica

Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) is a free task and habit building productivity app that utilizes a gamified approach to have you build the health of an avatar through your performance. Gamification is the attempt to enhance systems, services, organizations, and activities by creating similar experiences to those experienced when playing games in order to motivate and…

Transdisciplinarity as a Gateway to Critical Literacy

This week I held a webinar as part of my work with the Literacy in the Disciplines, 6-12 (LiD) group. The session focused on Traversing, Transforming, Transcending, and Transgressing wicked problems in the classroom. Many critical societal problems are neither simple nor easily solved; they are wicked problems (Zellner & Campbell, 2015). A wicked problem…

Blending Practices, Skills, and Content in Teaching and Learning

This post was written by Nenad Radakovic and Ian O’Byrne. Portions of this come from our publication titled Toward Transdisciplinarity: Constructing Meaning Where Disciplines Intersect, Combine, and Shift. In our educational spaces, we often break our areas of expertise down into specific subject matters. We educate, train, and certify classroom teachers in terms of grade…

Wicked Problems

Many important societal problems are neither simple nor easily solved; they are wicked problems. 1 A wicked problem is a social or cultural challenge that involves many social systems and…

Considering the Post-COVID Classroom

This week I’m presenting a session with some good friends at NCTE 2022 a session titled What We’ve Learned: Two Decades of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out. Though more learners have technology in their hands than ever before, we ask what has changed in the last twenty years. In this session, participants had…

Taming the Digital Dragon

As we discuss the role and purpose of technology in our lives, we often come to the topic of information technology addiction. I should note that I think using the terms addiction and detox to describe our relationship and use of technology is very problematic. Digital detox refers to taking time off from your computer,…

Bearing Witness

Last week we held a ceremony to celebrate the life of my father. The service was quite wonderful as my sister held a reading and we had two friends from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) speak to their friendship with my father. I spoke at the end before the officiant offered some words and the rendering of…