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Katrin Becker
Works at Mink Hollow Farm
Attended University of Calgary
Lives in Cochrane, Alberta (Canada)
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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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This is a talk I gave at CNIE last spring.
In a recent online presentation Charles M. Reigeluth, he said that the future of Ed Tech would require a change of paradigm of pedagogy. Gamification is one such new pedagogy that can be implemented without the need for institutional systemic change. ‘Gamification’ is the use of game elements in non-game contexts and since the term’s first appearance in 2006, it has become a trending topic on many education forums. This presentation reports on th...
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Peer review could reject breakthrough manuscripts, study shows. The peer review system serves as a gatekeeping system for scientific research, designed to ensure the publication of only the most well researched studies with the most important findings.…
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More on why I hate my iPad, AND why using them in schools is a bad idea: Education Should Step Away from Apple Devices | Anthony Carabache. 3 Reasons to Stay Away from iPads in the Classroom Now don’t get me wrong, I am an Apple guy through and through.…
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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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Catching up on my Slideshare uploads.....
This one is about an approach to game analysis that will be featured in my upcoming book.
Videogames are interactive by nature - people proceed in games by doing things, and this experiential quality lies at the very core of game design. Without interaction, it isn’t a game. Videogames are popular precisely because of the experience - games designed for learning can do no less. However, to be feasible for use in formal educational settings, they must do more, and while we are making progress studying games in classrooms, there remain ...
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I came across an article about a U.S. college cracking down on shoddy transfer credits, and it got me to thinking. I think I’ll never understand the U.S. obsession with athletes – is it about ego? Money? It’s pretty clear it is NOT about academics. But…
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Some absolutely stunning photos and fantastic pairings of quotes with images. Well worth the time.
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, loving friends, kindness and compassion. As I am a quote fan, I have decided to se...
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Is Rabbit the New Ethical Meat? — Vogue Rabbits make sense as a meat on so many levels. I think it’s time to start an urban rabbit movement. “Meals that are at once ecologically and gastronomically intelligent are much on my mind, and rabbit is the ne…
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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
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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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