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Emoji-cize: Stretch your emotions!

I’m incredibly excited that my game, Emoji-cize, has been accepted into the 2016 Meaningful Play conference‘s game exhibition at MSU this fall!  What the heck is Emoji-cize, you say? Emoji-cize Empathy skills have been shown to play a key role in the development of prosocial behavior in children. Yet many...

MAET Bridge Webinar on Gamification

On July 20, 2016, I had the honor of participating in a panel for an MAET Bridge webinar on Gamification with some of my favorite scholars: Spencer Greenhalgh, PhD candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Program at MSU, and Dr. Carrie Heeter, Professor in the Department of...

Starmus: The Adventure is Just Beginning (Day 2)

Tuesday was another inspirational day at Starmus, filled to the brim with dynamic speakers and hearty intellectual fodder. Sessions were moderated by former SETI director (and one of my personal heroes) Jill Tarter, whose no-nonsense personality won me over immediately — as I am also “a stickler for the...

Starmus: The Event Horizon (Day 1)

The Starmus Festival, created by Garik Israelian, is an international celebration of science, astronomy, music, art, and culture. Over the past year (until a couple of months ago) I had the honor of managing social media for Starmus, and as a result was an invited guest to this year’s...

Game of Scones – Galway and Beyond

This summer, I am honored to be teaching first year students in MSU’s overseas Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program. Held in Galway, Ireland, the program offers students the opportunity to tinker and play, remix and repurpose, and develop a mindful approach to technology integration on the campus of...

Everything is Awesome

In our #MAETEL1 summer program, students participate in a series of Quickfire activities. Quickfires are intended to get students to quickly work on a creative project involving technology, within a specified time limit. This discourages the creative process from being stifled by perfectionism, or from being too focused on...