Monthly Archives: December 2016

Free Fridays: The Great Spruce

The Great Spruce by John Duvall, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, is a beautiful holiday story with a message that goes beyond just spreading cheer. The story follows a little boy named Alec, who loves climbing trees in the countryside. His favorite tree to climb is the great spruce, which his grandpa transplanted there a long […] Continue reading

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Podcast: School Discipline

Attached is a Podcast I did for another course regarding School Discipline in schools.
Podcasting is an increasingly popular form of media.
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TEK The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell

Post by Carly Berger As our society progresses and becomes more advanced in the realm of technology, it is important that children understand the importance of print literature. As great as an IPAD can be in helping children learn, nothing is the same as reading from a hard copy of a book. This book is […] Continue reading

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Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama Llama is a very popular book series that follows a young llama through various events in his everyday life. Anna Dewdney, the author of the Llama Llama books, published this holiday installment in the Llama Llama series in 2010. In the book, Llama Llama returns, this time dealing with the stress and anticipation of […] Continue reading

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Coding Literature

Imagine if you could write a book that, when completed, actually contained the universe that you described in it. Instead of reading the book, you would flip it open to find a small window into this world, a snapshot of what you had created. Pressing your hand to the image, you would be flung into it, … Continue reading “Coding Literature” Continue reading

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Mindcrafting Minecraft: The Psychology Behind this Open-World Creation Game

Minecraft is huge. And I don’t just mean the open-world environment within the game. According to the gaming website Polygon, as of June 2, 2016, Minecraft has sold 100 million copies. From my eight year old cousin to the older generations who apparently also play, everyone’s playing. Because of its popularity and its social elements, I … Continue reading “Mindcrafting Minecraft: The Psychology Behind this Open-World Creation Game” Continue reading

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An Unlikely Pair

Over the break, we were asked to play Gone Home.  Unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, we were unable to talk about it much in class, which is a shame, since this is one of my favorite games that we have played for the class.  One of the things that made me enjoy the game was its … Continue reading “An Unlikely Pair” Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone Home

Playing Gone Home this week I was struck by the notion that it seemed like large chunks of the story were either missing or obscured by a false sense of horror. As you explored the house it was easy to follow the story of Sam and Lonnie because it was read out loud in the … Continue reading “Going, Going, Gone Home” Continue reading

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The Place of Video Games During Finals Season

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. What should be a wonderful and beautiful time of Christmas music and holiday cheer is spoiled by the crushing realization that we all have a lot of work to do before we can enjoy the seasonal cheer. I find the behavior of many people very interesting during … Continue reading “The Place of Video Games During Finals Season” Continue reading

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