The summer is drawing to an end, and so I am going back to Moody today for the first in a series of orientation activities.
I woke at 5.00 a.m. because I have to get used to it. So the changes have come to the schedule, but that’s OK. This fall I will enjoy teaching Faith and Learning, Teaching the Bible in the Classroom and Classroom Methods and Management.
So what did I learn this summer? I learned what it means to be ‘afk’ for a ‘bio’. It seems that gamers have a whole on-line vocabulary that I was unaware of. I have learned to think more strategically and honed my problem-solving skills by playing Lord of the Rings On-line. I think that computer games are under-rated for the educational value. For example, in Lord of the Rings I play as a dwarven, hunter woodsman. That means that I harvest and treat wood products. Learning how much to sell my products for and running a business out of the AH (Auction House) has opened my eyes to how markets work and some basic economics that I was unaware of. If anyone is interested in hooking up in the game I am a member of the kinship The Brotherhood of Anor on the Nimrodel server.
In the fall, MBI will be working on setting up Civ3 as a game for my classes in the spring. Most of the trainee elementary teachers steer clear of games on the computers. In the spring there will be an assignment in Social Studies Methods class where the students will have to play on the computer and their score will determine their grade. It is far less passive than sticking a video in the vcr and stepping bac