Is it time for a text game revival?

It’s also a cultural climate where audiences are increasingly used to thinking of books as media companions — popular film series like Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, or TV series like Game of Thrones, all feel richer to fans if they read the books as well as enjoy the films. Designers of text-based games can take advantage of that familiarity to bring audiences into worlds they can read…

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Latrobe Bulletin Covers this Weekend’s Stage Right! Shows

Seton Hill new media journalism graduate Chris Ulicne, who now works for the Latrobe Bulletin, wrote a really nice feature on Stage Right (local theatre company and school for the performing arts). The full text of the article is not online, but this image is from the PDF of the front page (available through the Newseum). My kids are each in one of the shows that opened tonight at the…

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Bully: She told her son, ‘hit him hard’ –and she learned a lesson

This is a great story about a parent who tries everything when she learns her boy is being bullied. The mom shouts at the principal, gives her son advice on how to fight, and gets the cops involved. The gentle son takes a very different approach. Powerful story. I didn’t trust the principal to help and my son didn’t trust me; I called the police instead. The officer showed up…

Next Time, Fail Better

Humanities students are not used to failure. They want to get it right the first time. When they are new to the game, they want to get good grades on what are essentially first drafts. Once they learn how much work it is to write and edit a really good essay, their goals shift—from getting A’s on papers written the night before to getting A’s and making the difficult process…

The Case for Breaking Up With Your Parents

I already felt fairly independent from my parents before I went off to college, as my older siblings were both good students who did not get into any trouble, so because I kept bringing home good grades my parents let me be very independent. I had (and still have) a good relationship with my parents, perhaps because it took (and takes) a little effort to contact them. This story of…

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Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams

I’m not giving any final exams this term. On the one hand, we tell students to value learning for learning’s sake; on the other, we tell students they’d better know this or that, or they’d better take notes, or they’d better read the book, because it will be on the next exam; if they don’t do these things, they will pay a price in academic failure. This communicates to students…