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Jimmy the Greek Made Oblivion

Complete with the Bernie Mac perfect afro the redguardsman stared back at me in 1080i. His racial description? The most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel, the dark-skinned, wiry-haired Redguards of Hammerfell seem born to battle, though their pride and fierce independence of spirit makes them more suitable as scouts or skirmishers, or as free-ranging heroes and adventurers, than as rank-and-file soldiers. In addition to their cultural affinities for many weapon…

Teaching with Technology: Using Interactive Fiction to Teach English Students

This class is unique in many ways, the most prominent is that students learn how to create new media resources for education. As Gee noted, “When people learn to play video games, they are learning a new literacy” (2003, p. 16). In this course students must develop an instructional game where all game elements are integrated with stated learning objectives. This theory of “alignment” is both a design requirement and…

Reflections on Keys for Writers

Reflections on Keys for Writers (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’m paging through Ann Raimes’s Keys for Writers, which I used to use when I taught freshman comp at my previous job, and which I’m coming back to in the fall as Seton Hill offers a new “Basic Composition” course for the first time. (Our freshman writing offering used to be a two-semester course that included content on cultural identities.) While we are…

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3-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Theme: ‘NewsHour’

When a young St. Paul boy got to pick the theme for his third birthday party, he didn’t pick Nemo or the Wiggles or Dora the Explorer. He didn’t even pick his favorite sports team. Henry Schally picked “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”. His mother, Jennifer Schally, designed party hats complete with pictures of the PBS news program’s regular contributors. –3-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Theme: ‘NewsHour’ (WCCO) Yes! There is hope for…

Growing Up Online: Young people jump headfirst into the Internet's world

Teenagers, in particular, provide a moving target for Internet researchers, remarks psychologist Kaveri Subrahmanyam of California State University in Los Angeles. “By the time you publish research on one type of Internet use, such as blogging, teenagers have moved on to something new, such as myspace,” she says, with a resigned chuckle. –Bruce Bower –Growing Up Online: Young people jump headfirst into the Internet’s world (Science News Online) Another quote: “Still,…

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A Prairie Home Conundrum: The mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor.

Keillor’s humor has always been a bit of a puzzle: What is its irony/sincerity ratio? Is he mocking Midwesterners or mocking the rest of us via Midwesterners? In 1985, when Time magazine called Keillor the funniest man in America, Bill Cosby reportedly said, “That’s true if you’re a pilgrim.” A decade later, a cartoon version of Keillor forced Homer Simpson to assault his TV and shout, “Be more funny!” -Sam…