Wanna Win a Free Book?

Instagram Image of the authorI have never done this before but for the ISTE Conference I have been afforded the opportunity to give a prize as part of my blogging/vlogging efforts. I value silliness so here how this will work.
Take a selfie with me either at the conference or by searching Google Images or my blog for a picture you think goes well with your hair or edutech rockstar self. Most entertaining selfie as voted on by a panel of me, myself, and that other person wins.

What do you win?

Your choice of five new ISTE titles – check them out in the bookstore!
Flipped Learning (Link)
Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age (Link)
Bring Your Own Learning (Link)
Web 2.0 How-to for Educators 2nd edition (Link)
Teach Math with the Wii (Link)
Be sure to post your selfie to instagram and hashtag it BOTH #iste2014 and #rurutheruiner. Check out the competition on the sidebar as these thing heats up!
I will contact the winner through their account with directions for collecting their prize and feature their Instagram Profile on my last conference post for ISTE 2014.

Guest Appearances!

This is going to go down as my favorite week for blog connections. While my own blog (this spot here in case you are confused) enjoys unprecedented neglect, one friend, Amanda, decided to include me in her xoJane Post and I am guest blogging for the International Society for Technology in Education. A confluence of my identities, something I am striving towards, seems imminent!

Nevermind, it has occurred:

One of my professors/mentors/colleagues included a brief mention of me in her recently released book. Check out Olivia Murray’s tome entitled Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice. Click the link to help support my V/Blog delusions as well. If you buy it for me as a gift I promise to go vegetarian for a week.

I have to thank Amanda for re-locating these praise worthy images of me as well:
Image of the author looking goofy with a green plastic halo, plastic star glasses, and a rainbow feather scarf.

This is my serious look.

I swear I am dancing but it looks like I am lifting a leg to go potty, dog style.

It looks like I am in need of a fire hydrant.


In better news, my totally serious vlog post for ISTE is complemented with a marginally useful 460 word ISTE EXPERIENCE REVOLUTION!!! Alright, maybe more along the lines of, “Ideas for educators interested in games for learning.” Check out below for an excerpt and video!

I am excited about games in education. Games offer a learning environment that privileges creativity, problem solving and collaboration. It is true that some educational games act like worksheets in terms of repetition and compliance. Despite this less-than-engaging genre, games — especially those designed by students — offer a unique space for constructivist education. This year in my research I explored unique applications of game principles in gaming and non-gaming contexts. ISTE will play a big part in my future direction.
Using 3DGameLab, a platform represented in the exhibit hall at ISTE 2014, I taught faculty, teacher candidates and students. While not as intensely exciting an experience as Marianne Malmstrom’s teaching with Minecraft or the use of World of Warcraft in schools through the visionary efforts of Peggy Sheehy — both presenters at the conference this year — this let me experiment and discover how deeply I appreciate the potential of games in education. I also realized that gamification was not enough to feed my passion for games in schools……   (READ MORE)