Rando Follow-Up: Technology, Games, and Education

This is the first follow-up article for the Rando series.  In these follow-up posts, I will look back on the previous posts, try to clarify anything that I didn’t convey clearly, talk about any new information on them, or anything else that must be said.  I will also touch on a few topics that I didn’t write about before because I only do three posts per unit, or they didn’t come to my attention until after I had already chosen the three main points for the subject. Finally, I will share some thoughts on the subject as a whole.  After that will be any brief news, and the announcement of the next subject.

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Rando Post No. 3: Those Life Experience Things that Your School Made You Go Through

The reason for the weird title is that I’m not really sure what to call these, so I think a better way to convey what I mean would be: remember Junior Achievement®, where you would repeatedly “learn” about the assembly line by lining up with the rest of your classmates to glue pieces of paper together?

Okay, so that may be putting J.A.(fun fact – technically still ®) in a bad light, so I’ll admit that I liked it because it was a part of the school day where I could just put my brain on autopilot.  Also, that’s not the only thing that I’m going to talk about in this one.  And, to be fair, my last rando post was about how great gamification could be for education, so their attempts to make learning about the “real world” (as opposed to the “fake world” that students apparently live in until they graduate from college) interactive and fun are commendable.  But, as with this toast, I’m done buttering it up.

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Rando Post No. 1

I’m going to take a moment to complain about school.  If you don’t want to hear about it, you don’t have to read it.

As you know, I’m still in high school. (I’m a senior, which means I’m almost done, though.)  My school is taking advantage of these modern times.  We have a 1 on 1 netbook deal, where every student has a school-issued netbook.  This year, the school initiated a new program – the e-learning day.

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