Reading Journal Assignment

Due 7/5, 7/12, 8/1 and 8/15 (four entries: three are required, and the fourth is extra credit) - 6:00pm
5 points each

Posted to the wiki site, these will be reflections on each week’s reading as well as reflections on any video or computer games examined during that week. Each section of the reading also includes a set of reflection questions for the journal/blog entries. Journal entries are due at each class (starting with class two), totaling four entries. Only entries one through three are required. The fourth entry is extra credit.

Specific Assignment Details

  1. Each journal entry should include the following elements:
  • (1 point) Reflections on any games you played or examined during the week (in or out of class).
  • (4 points) In some way address all of the reflection questions (below) for the particular chapters.

Submitting The Assignment

Here are the steps for starting a Reading Journal:
  1. Create a new wiki page. After logging into the wiki site, click on the 'plus' symbol next to 'Pages and Files' at the top left of the page.
  2. Name the new page something easily-recognizable. "<your name or username>'s Journal" works well.
  3. Once you have started working on your journal, add a link to it at the bottom of this page:
  4. Click on the 'Edit' button at the top right of this page.
  5. Add your journal to the list at the bottom of this page.
  6. Highlight the text, and click on the 'Link' button on the toolbar.
  7. Find your wiki page on the popup menu, and click 'Add Link'.
  8. Save your change to this page.

Week 1 Questions (Chapters 1-2)

  1. Describe your background and history with video and computer games.
  2. What are some of the real and/or virtual ‘identities’ you take on?
  3. What impact might James Paul Gee’s definition of ‘literacy’ have on your teaching?
  4. What experiences have you had learning in new ‘semiotic domains’?
  5. Reflections on any games you played or examined during the week. Educational games for the week include: Resilient Planet, Evolver, Dragon Box Algebra, Fair Play, and Ludwig.

Weeks 2-3 Questions (Chapters 3-4)

  1. How might virtual and projective identities be important in your teaching?
  2. Describe an experience you’ve had in teaching a student with a “damaged” identity.
  3. Give an example of a situated meaning in your content area, and describe how you might help students gain a more embodied understanding of it.
  4. Describe a recent learning experience that involved using the probe, hypothesize, re-probe, and rethink cycle.
  5. Reflections on any games you played or examined during the week. Educational games for the week include: ReDistricting Game, Mission US, iCivics, and Quandary.

Weeks 4-5 Questions (Chapters 5-6)

  1. Give an example of 'Just in Time' information presentation in a classroom activity.
  2. In a content area of your choice, how might you incorporate teaching in a 'subdomain' of the 'real' domain?
  3. Describe a technique that you might use to help students 'transfer' early learning to more complex problems.
  4. Describe a learning experience you've had where one of your 'cultural models' was challenged.
  5. Reflections on any games you played or examined during the week. Educational games for the week include: Villainy, Inc., CSI: The Experience, Oncology, After the Storm, and the Sports Network 2.

Weeks 6-7 Questions (Chapters 7-8) *Extra Credit*

  1. In a content area of your choice, give an example of a way in which the 'affinity group' "enforces certain patterns as ideal norms".
  2. Describe a classroom activity where students are able to 'leverage' the 'distributed' knowledge of their peers.
  3. How might you give students more direct control (as an 'insider' or 'producer') over their own learning?
  4. Which Principle of Learning do you feel is most-applicable to your teaching, and why?
  5. Reflections on any games you played or examined during the week. Educational games for the week include: Peacemaker Game, Global Conflicts: Palestine, and On the Ground Reporter.

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