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Jon Spike
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This Thursday, April 21st @ 5:30 is the 2nd #PubPD  - we are hosting a location at the Green Bay Distillery in Ashwaubenon. Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/pubpd
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Minecraft Survival Mode Competition: Using Gamification & Game-based Learning to Teach Societal Needs
“ Welcome to GBL Airlines… My name is Jon Spike, and I’ll be your pilot for the flight. We are expecting clear skies and smooth flying to our final destination. In case of emergency, your desks can be used as a flotation device. Please be sure to stow your ...

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Video Games as Experiential Texts: A Gone Home Tale
Before I even begin to start talking about my experiences utilizing Gone Home , an exploratory video game, as a literary text in a high school classroom, I must give a hearty shoutout to Paul Darvasi , the man who inspired me to pursue the unit. His blog, L...

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Five Great Games on the Chrome Store for Applying Educational Skills
One of the pitfalls of educational games is that they are often content tucked inside of a mindless arcade game, trying to convey information and reward the end user with a carrot - such as being able to place a piece, fire a weapon, or defeat an enemy. The...

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Newest entry for my "English Jams" YouTube Channel - Writing Thesis Statements with Songs.

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Making Our "Way": Video Games as Artistic and Collaborative Learning Tools
Are video games art? That question haunts me to this day. One of my writing heroes, Roger Ebert, opined on this question a few years before his death - his verdict was very clear. Video games can NEVER be art. As a rabid fan of his reviews and writing, I wa...

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Listen to the Marshmallow: Lessons in Education from Big Hero Six
There’s something about Pixar films that always get to me. A Pixar film has such a delicate mix of humor, emotion, great characterization, and a clear message that comes through in the end. In Up , we discovered that life is a collection of adventures, and ...

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EduGame Reviews - Now Playing at My English Jams YouTube Channel!
One of the most baffling questions heading into the school year for our role as Technology Integrators was how Educator Effectiveness would look for our unique position. What should an SLO look like for our team? What is a realistic PPG goal? How will we be...

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So... We Started a Twitter Chat (and don't always worry about the "why" in life)
About a year ago, I was enjoying the last fleeting moments of a three-month stretch of free premium movies from a cable provider, fully intending to cancel the perk once it became a fee-based nuisance. While flipping through the freemium movie channels for ...
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