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Attended Milton Academy, Harvard College, University of California, Berkeley
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+Kevin Ballestrini's VERBA will open lots of eyes, I think. 
 
Laura Sexton offers some great initial ideas for alternate/expanded uses for VERBA in the classroom. The quotes from her students are also fantastic.
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It's incredibly important that the next generation of classics students see an ancient world as diverse as they are, and as the ancient Mediterranean truly was.
 
My colleagues and I at The Pericles Group, LLC are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for language and history lovers alike: Picturae: A Visual Latin Dictionary!

Latin? Dictionary!? What is this, the 1650s!?

Not so! Our goal is to develop a comprehensive, fully-illustrated, digital Latin-English dictionary that will give all teachers a FREE resource for culturally and historically accurate images associated with the ancient world. Most importantly, it will help situate Latin and history education in a richly authentic context that paints Rome as it really was: a diverse community made up of many different peoples, not just old, white men!

For information, please visit the Kickstarter page linked below to check out our explanatory video. Feel free to try the basic tools associated with the project at http://lapis.practomime.com/index.php and http://practomime.com/projects/latinread/index.php/3-muritroiae!

Additionally, you can get a better sense of our rewards using the following links:

Latin Scansion app for iPhone and iPad: http://www.practomime.com/scansion/game/#/home

"Hodie Sum..." poster (male): http://imgur.com/Wdf7CMs

"Hodie Sum..." poster (female): http://imgur.com/Qcf5aNo

CARD-tamen™ card game: http://www.practomime.com/cardtamen/cardtamen.php

Even a social network share can go a long way to helping us fulfill our goal! From all of us at TPG, agimus gratias!
The Picturae project seeks to create a visual dictionary of Latin words that contextualizes vocabulary for beginning Latin students.
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Ha, I thought that was you on the ELI/NMC video competition site.
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So glad that the awesome +Tom Scheinfeldt came to UConn!
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My favorite of Dan's new journalistic endeavor so far!
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It's nu new games games journalism journalism games. Video.
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A new series! Mail that makes your blood boil! Tonight's winner:

I'm confused as to the whole myth aspect. Can you please explain. Thank you.
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Any email that starts "Hey" or "Hey Claudia".
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Current most awesome thing in the universe.
 
Entering part of the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) on any page of Vogue's UK website will make a sexy velociraptor in a different hat appear and shoot across the page. I've...
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good god. geeks truly are everywhere.
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+Kevin Ballestrini did it with CARDtamen, and he did it with Latin Scansion, and now he's hit a grand slam with VERBA. The man has a genius for seeing the practomimetic principle at work: when the play objective and the learning objective are the same (in VERBA good sentences beat bad sentences), game-based, playful learning happens.
 
Fantastic write-up from +Katherine Ruddick Matheson about VERBA: Español.
(Answer: Verba!) Fill-in-the-blank activities have a bad rap. When I was a student, I remember filling in endless blanks. Endless blanks. For no good reason that I can remember other than to practice a grammar point (nomi...
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Indeed - the challenge of facing high mountains has always inspired those of pioneering spirit.
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Have you been looking for a perfect specimen of reductio ad absurdum? Look no further--and now with extra snark!
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With a palindrome title too! I am really proud of that.
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Love this one (and the last one about the dead Pokemon trainer in the long grass).
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The Pokemon one: http://videlais.com/2013/11/05/the-vidalia-when-searched-dead-mans-balls-found-to-contain-bones/

It also happens to be my personal favorite headline to date too. Because sometimes I'm a 12-year-old and making jokes about 'searching balls and finding bones' really amuses me.
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To my surprise, I actually managed to get the key points across!
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Thanks, Neale!
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Currently exploring the connection between classics (esp. homeric epic and Platonic discourse) and narrative video games. See my posts on Play the Past and my blog Living Epic for details.

In particular, trying to bring real game-based learning into the lives of students and teachers everywhere--see The Pericles Group for details on that.

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