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The Rise of the Cybrarian

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I was sitting in the lobby of my dentist’s office waiting for my appointment to begin. A few people were flipping through magazines and chatting. One lady looks over and notices my employee badge and asks me where I work. I tell her I am librarian in a middle school nearby (this was last year). She smiled in surprise (and a little condescendingly) and said, “I didn’t know we had librarians in our schools any more . . . with the internet and all.”

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Do Badges Work Better Than Grades?

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“Badges ruin intrinsic motivation!”

How many times have we heard this? But what about Grades? Grades can also do much to damage the intrinsic motivation of a student and is often very limiting in helping students understand where they failed an assignment or subject. This is where badges could help. Read More

Blowing Up the Gradebook with Gamification

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Chris Haskell, professor of EdTech at Boise State University, has a unique idea: let’s do away with grades in school altogether and replace them with achievements, points and badges. His idea is to swap out our traditional method of grading and replace it with something closer to leveling up in the game world, which he says is driven by intrinsic motivation and far more representative of the true quality of our work. Read More

Privacy in the Digital Age

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Privacy Is A Myth

The truth is, we never had online privacy and we never will. 

We can manage it as best we can, and we should. But let’s face it, with more than one billion people on Facebook, and over 500 million tweets going out daily across the globe, managing our personal lives in the Digital Age is just a matter of degrees.

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The Logic of Transmedia

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Does “transmedia” and “multimodal” mean the same thing? No, according to Henry Jenkins, Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. There is often confusion about what the term transmedia means, and even controversy surrounding its definition within academic and entertainment circles. In his article, Transmedia 202: Further Reflections, Jenkins (2011) offers clarifications and reflections on what transmedia storytelling is.

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Making an Epigraph from Everyday Lingo

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For today’s Daily Create I transcribed a snippet of dialog overheard today and used that cue as the opening thought of a poem, like an epigraph. You can do this activity with students when teaching on poetry and how epigraphs are used in literature. Kids have a great time coming up with these and it’s especially fun when they use video game memes or random sentences blurted out during game-play like, “I can build a castle with all your salt!”

Reading Response: Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling

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Joe Lambert (2013) and the StoryCenter want to creatively inspire storytellers through a group process they call story circles. In his chapter on Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling Practice, Lambert explains that during their 3-5 day workshops and through story circle engagement, clarifying questions are asked to aid the storyteller in their process of finding their unique voice. Read More