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Katrin Becker
Works at Mink Hollow Farm
Attended University of Calgary
Lives in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada)
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Putting everything that has to with learning and games under one name obscures the complexity of the field. We should use TWO terms: Game-Based Learning for the learner’s perspective, and Game Pedagogy for the teacher’s perspective.…
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Another sneak peek to my book. This one outlines learning theories relevant to GBL.    
Another sneak peek to my book. This one outlines learning theories relevant to GBL.    
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These are really good. Any company that balks at answering these questions seems like one to stay away from. LearnVest- 6 Interview Questions You Should Ask. What’s the difference between a good employee in this role and a fantastic one? What’s the…
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Most people aren’t bad, merely weak. They will fall in behind anyone who is loud and claims to be righteous – even if they’re not.* We love to believe that the world is changed by heroes, and, since we aren’t heroes, it’s OK for us to sit around and wait…
Most people aren't bad, merely weak. They will fall in behind anyone who is loud and claims to be righteous - even if they're not.* We love to believe that the world is changed by heroes, and, sinc...
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Her attempt at an apology just digs the hole deeper. Yes women do code. And I have found them all this week, for which I am grateful. Hardly (on both points I expect). I am on the board of a STEM charter school, and when I see the public schools rushing…
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Another sneak peek to my book. This one outlines instructional theories relevant to GBL. bookblog:dgbl_instructional_theories [Magic Bullet Games].
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My free mini-course starts tomorrow. Practical Gamification | HCT Dubai Mobile Learning.
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Progress on my book is proceeding, albeit slowly. The first few chapters are the hardest for me, as they involve a whole lot of background research to make sure the information is up to date. Interestingly, it is actually more work than my original…
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"Well, this is the world’s most technically advanced society, and we have people denying climate change. These guys are still in deep denial, and future generations, what few of them will be alive, are just going to go, “What were you freaking people doing? What was wrong with you?” So, in a sense, an F. But if it makes you feel any better, you can say a B-minus. We have this top tier [of scientists] in the U.S., the people who graduated from Stanford, from Berkeley, from MIT, Cornell. Those people are still exceptional and really good. But we have this enormous gap between that and just regular software writers and farmers and people that need to be scientifically literate."

World's most technically advanced society? Really? One of the first steps to solving your problem is to admit you have one. 

So, only Ivy Leagues can produce top-tier scientists? So much for the American Dream.
Aside from the fact that pretty much the only people who can afford to go to the Ivy Leagues are those with money, these schools produce good people because they only let good people in. There's really not much challenge in that.
The popular host of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” explains how he’d grade America on the subject.
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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? They’d likely quit in disgust. The US education crisis is not going to be solved by bringing in great teachers. A great many American systems are based on competition and measuring things that are…
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Women Shouldn’t Code — Seriously??? My response to @hardaway trying to justify the status quo.

Trying to justify the status quo? Written by a woman, but one who admits to basically being a bully. So, there’s that. Why Women Shouldn’t Code — Medium. First here are the arguments, quoted from the post. First of all, coding itself is a narrow function…
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I obviously missed the memo!

I've read this article, my guess written by a non-tech person that doesn't get that things like Excel Macros are programming and that girls don't mind it as long as it's ok for them to like it.
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Occupation
Game & Instructional Designer and Analyst
Employment
  • Mink Hollow Farm
    Chief Agronomist, 1987 - present
  • Mink Hollow Media
    Game, & Instructional Designer, 1999 - present
  • Science Alberta Foundation
    Senior Manager,Programs, 2011 - 2011
  • Calgary Humane Society
    Kennel Girl, 1975 - 1976
  • Butterfield Acres Farm
    Receptionist, 1991 - 1994
  • University of Calgary
    Instructor, 1981 - 2006
  • Mount Royal University
    Instructor, 2008 - 2010
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Currently
Cochrane, Alberta (Canada)
Previously
Ontario & Alberta (Canada) - Berlin, Germany - Kitchener, Ontario - Guelph, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario - Calgary, Alberta
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Introduction

Consultant, Speaker, Systems Analyst, Interactive Media Designer, Instructional Designer, Educator, Author, Software & Game Ethologist, Farmer

Specializing in Knowledge Translation (primarily in the STEM fields)
Bragging rights
First Book: The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games http://bit.ly/ieqRQl
Education
  • University of Calgary
    B.Sc. Computer Science, 1977 - 1981
  • University of Calgary
    M.Sc. Computer Science, 1981 - 1983
  • University of Calgary
    Ph.D. Educational Technology, 2003 - 2008
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