Secondary Worlds

Teaching, Technology, and English Education

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Thoughtcrime Strikes Again

In light of several recent inquiries regarding Thoughtcrime, I’ve updated everything. Here’s all of the new information, including a link to the board game version. Introduction Thoughtcrime is an online role-playing game that I designed for use in secondary literature classes studying the novel 1984. Played in a text-based virtual world that attempts to replicate […]

Simulations

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Possible Podcast Project

I’m a little behind the times, but I finally listened to Season One of Serial, the wildly popular Sarah Koenig podcast about the murder trial of Adnan Syed. I’m not going to weigh in on his guilt or innocence, but listening to such a well-done podcast has got me thinking, again, about the viability of […]

Multimedia

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Digital Literacies Resources

My U is developing a minor in Digital Studies, and as one component in that minor, my department will likely be offering a course in Digital Literacies. This post serves as a gathering point for resources on this topic. Digital Literacy Course Syllabi Digital Literacy, Erin Dietel, Bowling Green State University Digital Literacy, Kristin Scott, […]

Courses

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New Look, Hyperlinking PDFS, and If This Then That

I’m trying to breathe some new life into this old blog. Maybe I’ve been inspired by some of the older competitors at the 2016 Olympics, like the 35-year-old Anthony Ervin who just won Gold in the 50 meter free style. Or maybe I’ve been missing technology a bit, focusing as I have, recently, on graphic […]

Cloud Computing, News

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Teaching Comics–A Reading List

Many of my students and former students have asked me which graphic novels they should consider teaching in their middle and high school English language arts classes. I’ve also been working with students in the GVSU MA to formulate reading lists for comprehensive exams. The result is a compilation, included below, of works that I […]

Courses, News

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The PRE is a Bad Test. Here’s Why.

For the past six months, I have been studying what I have facetiously named the PREblem: the high failure rate of preservice teachers in Michigan taking the Pearson Professional Readiness Exam. In October 2013, this test replaced the Basic Skills Test, and as a consequence of its allegedly more rigorous content and its higher cut […]

News

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Twitter On Its Last Legs?

Ignoring for the moment that blogging, too, is on its last legs, and that this blog is living (or dying) proof of that demise, it is looking more and more like Twitter is being abandoned. The Atlantic ran this eulogy for the micro-blogging platform this past summer, and other bloggers (like Bad Words) have made […]

News, Web 2.0

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

This week, I am attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. It has been a terrific experience so far, mostly because it is forcing me to think about digital technologies in a new way. I’ve come at digital technology from a pedagogical standpoint for so many years, but the Digital Humanities […]

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Where Have You Gone, WordPress?

I have advocated for WordPress over and over again since beginning this blog in 2005 (although back then, I used a now-defunct engine called Blogspirit to host this site). WordPress is, or maybe was, the best thing on the market for a highly customizable, easy-to-use web site or blog. I’ve made dozens of WordPress hosted […]

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The Global Reach of the LAJM

The LAJM is published through Scholarworks, a service that our university uses to encourage academic publishing. It is a very powerful tool that archives and indexes all of the past issues of the journal, while providing editorial tools to manage the production of the journal. One of the coolest things that Scholarworks does, in my […]

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