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Katrin Becker
Works at Mink Hollow Farm
Attended University of Calgary
Lives in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada)
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What do you think of having a summer “off”? Do you think kids suffer from being away from school for 2 months in the summer? I think it is essential. I worry about what we lose when kids don’t have free time. I was listening to a radio program the other…
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This post is a further exploration of the “How do we re-teach something?” question raised in a previous post. Suppose, for whatever reason, you (the teacher) realize your students didn’t understand something you have already ‘covered’. What should you do?…
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Apparently learning to print and write is no longer important after grade one. the focus will be on keyboarding. Why? Did anyone give any serious thought to what we might lose by not teaching people how to write by hand? As it turns out, we could be…
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I’ve been pondering this for some time now. It is easier now than ever before in history to get your word out there. This blog is an excellent example. All I need is a little bit of computer knowledge and to have access to one. I don’t need to know the…
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You know how chance or fleeting encounters with people who cross your path can sometimes leave a lasting impression? The man who drove the forklift at the local feed store has become a symbol in our household. He is a reminder that pride in one’s work is…
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The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. I came across this while working on my book. This approach has become part of the teaching ideology throughout much of Canada (2006 for most of western Canada, 2010 for…
The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. I came across this while working on my book. This approach has become part of the teaching ideology throughout much ...
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At a time when many have just finished either high school, or something in higher ed, this is worth watching. More than once. “Published on 3 Oct 2013 Comedian-musician Tim Minchin addresses graduates at the University of Western Australia where he was…
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It seems to be one of the “in” things right now. What does it really mean? Is it always a good thing? How can it be implemented in a way that is meaningful? What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’? | MindShift | KQED News. What does it…
It seems to be one of the "in" things right now. What does it really mean? Is it always a good thing? How can it be implemented in a way that is meaningful? What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Pers...
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For anyone who’s ever wondered what it means for a game to be 1st person, isometric, top-down, etc, here’s a handy illustrated guide: Types of Game Perspectives | Mozzastryl. Here are some simplified images:
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I blogged about sessionals earlier this month and the claim was that sessionals (adjuncts) are sessionals because they don’t want tenure track positions. It may be true for some, but it’s certainly not true for all of us, and it may not even be true for…
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Running Towards Publication, Then Walking Away – Culture Digitally. This article caught my eye for a number of reasons. For one thing, I’m just finishing a book and so I’m thinking about this a fair bit, but for another, I do not have a permanent position…
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And so, we come to the last part: Enjoyable vs Unpleasant Students deserve transparency in the way they are to be assessed. In fact, there are two key questions to which every student should be able to expect an answer when asked to perform some learning…
And so, we come to the last part: Enjoyable vs Unpleasant Students deserve transparency in the way they are to be assessed. In fact, there are two key questions to which every student should be abl...
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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
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Work
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
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Cochrane, Alberta (Canada)
Previously
Ontario & Alberta (Canada) - Berlin, Germany - Kitchener, Ontario - Guelph, Ontario - Toronto, Ontario - Calgary, Alberta
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We don't ride 'em anymore.....
cowgirlchaos.blogspot.com

I have horses and dogs. I live breathe and sleep horses and dogs. I live in a place where the winters are cold and it feels like everyone, m

It's Just A Joke.....
cowgirlchaos.blogspot.com

I saw a post that offended me yesterday. Really offended me. It was a drawing of an adult man having sex with an infant. I reported the phot

Just Asking: Bill Nye has his shtick down to a science
www.washingtonpost.com

The popular host of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” explains how he’d grade America on the subject.

Bye Bye 2014 and Hello 2015
predator-friendly-ranching.blogspot.com

All of us here at the Grazerie, would like to take this opportunity, to wish you the very best for 2015. Our wishes include good health, lov

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness
www.edutopia.org

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay

Is Rabbit the New Ethical Meat?
www.vogue.com

Meals that are at once ecologically and gastronomically intelligent are much on my mind, and rabbit is the ne plus ultra on this front.

ACCP-CAID
accp-caid.org

Master classes are highly specialized courses designed to enable educational technology specialists to acquire advanced skills that can be a

Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers
www.cbc.ca

Universities in Canada - which threw open their doors this week to almost a million undergraduates - are propped up by an army of part-time

Games Do Not Equal Gamification | Indigitous.org
www.indigitous.org

Indigitous got the opportunity to interview Intervarsity/USA’s new Virtual Campus Ministry Director, Bret Staudt Willet. Bret is about games

Government of Canada looking for 20,000 volunteers to fill positions acr...
www.cbc.ca

Earlier this week the Government of Canada announced that for the first time in its history they will be holding a nation-wide volunteer dri

Guest Post by Janet McNally: How dealing with wolves led to more grass a...
predator-friendly-ranching.blogspot.com

This is a summery of a presentation given by Janet McNally at the 2014 Grassfed Exchange.. Unfortunately the pictures did not copy over, so

The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
www.independent.co.uk

When Ronald M Krauss decided, in 2000, to review all the evidence purporting to show that saturated fats cause heart disease, he knew that h

Germany to ban shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over environm...
online.wsj.com

Germany plans halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater.

The World of Mathematics
world.mathigon.org

Using beautiful graphics and interactive simulations, this award winning mathematics book makes advanced mathematical ideas accessible to th

5 Journalism Techniques To Borrow For eLearning: The eLearning Coach
theelearningcoach.com

Tweet · Share · Sharebar · Tweet · Share. elearning-lessons-from-news. In some ways, the goals of learning architects aren't that different

Reflections..
predator-friendly-ranching.blogspot.com

"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out." ~ Anton Chekhov I have decided to write a reflection on the last

Bad Magic - Sometimes, I find our generation very strange
blog.seawolf.ca

Lance Armstrong has finally come out as a user of steroids for competitive sports. I don't understand what all the furor is about. We can po

Division of Labour: Pink Team vs Blue Team
feralfarmwife.com

I don't know about your family, but in our family we have decidedly PINK TEAM jobs and BLUE TEAM jobs. Now before you start burning your bra

Predator Friendly Ranching ...: Snacks and Supper
predator-friendly-ranching.blogspot.com

much to the disgust of the ewes. All the dogs will take turns eating at this,. and will spend days chewing and gnawing away at it! The dogs

Indifferent service, inflated prices, and NO support. I've been a customer with North 40 for over 20 years. The service was always exemplary, the prices reasonable, and it felt like a traditional neighbourhood store. When the new owners took over, I was prepared to give them the same loyalty i had given the previous owners. Their prices went up, and more than once they didn't have what I was looking for even though they were quick to tell me they had WAY more inventory than the previous owners had. In Feb. 2015 I placed a special order for rabbit feed with the previous owners. Because it was special order, I bought a tonne and paid for it all in advance. This was delivered at the end of Feb, just before the store changed hands. I paid a premium for this rabbit feed (30% more than other feeds) because i had been using it for years and always found it to be of excellent quality. I was running out at the end of November and special ordered another tonne from the new owners. Even with the 50 cents a bag "discount" they offered, it was still more expensive than the previous order, but because it was such good feed I paid it. They told me that because of the discount, I'd have to pick up the feed myself. We did. The first bag was VERY dusty. This feed had never been at all dusty before. The second bag was too, and EVERY SINGLE bag I opened. I knew I couldn't get a refund because it was a special order and I was OK with that, but I did ask them to check with the feed mill to see if there was anything that could be done. I had paid a premium price for this feed and it was awful. They said they'd look into it. The next time I was in the store they said they'd forgotten and suggested I contact the feed mill myself. They didn't give me any help figuring out who to contact. They also suggested I try ANOTHER batch and see if it was better. I said I couldn't afford to spend another $1100.00 on the CHANCE it MIGHT be better. I tried at least 5 different times to get them to help me, but each time they either told me they forgot, or told me to do it myself, or they simply said the person responsible for looking into it wasn't there that day. I discovered that the feed mill they used was the one in Wetaskiwin, while the previous owners had used a feedmill in Manitoba. I told them that, and all they said was, "Oh. Oh well." It is now only 5 months later and I am almost out of feed. The good batch lasted me 9 months, but because of the amount of dust and wasted feed, the second batch only lasted 5 months. I went through 4 1/2 bags a month with the old batch and EIGHT bags a month with the new food. That means the new food cost me almost TWICE as much as the old food. Not only that, the respiratory problems with my rabbits have gone WAY up due to the dusty feed. Add that to the fact that their prices are consistently higher than the other feed store nearby, and I will not shop there again until they reimburse me at least 1/2 for the lousy, crappy feed they sold me.
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