Monday, July 21, 2014

A New Toy

I know I am not alone in my love of office supplies - pens, markers, sticky notes and the lot. Planning and plotting our lessons, meetings, conferences and life in general is more fun if you have a snazzy organizer to do it with. 

Of course there are the digital planners and Google calendars with all the bells and whistles. I use those. There is something about the act of writing it down and jotting notes and looking at it on paper that makes the paper planner a helpful, soothing option for me in addition to the digital options.

I have been known to buy the planner and use it for only three or four months before abandoning it. 

Because I am planning a conference things are a bit more complicated now. I hope this new toy will help me keep it together.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ALA - Jane McGonigal

Author of Reality Is Broken, Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal, gave an excellent presentation at ALA's opening session. Here are some interesting tidbits from her talk:

-We play a lot of games. 
-Games are engaging.
- Work and school is not engaging for a large number of people.
- The longer we stay in school the less engaged we become as we go from elementary to high school.
- Ten positive emotions- creativity, contentment awe & wonder, excitement, curiosity, pride, surprise, love, relief, joy
-No matter what is going on the gamer feels these positive emotions
-Engagement in life equals positive emotions which translate to an upward spiral of other positive things 
-Gamers spend 80% of time failing
-"The opposite of play isn't work, it's depression" Brian Sutton-Smith 
-Game play encourages optimism, Competence, Physiological energy
-Game play is the opposite of depression neurologically
-Scans show game play is opposite of neurological depression. 
-Every game gives a goal clearly
-Gaming develops Resilience as gamers are less likely to quit after failure
-There is no such thing as an educational or non educational game. They are ALL educational.
-Games treat depression better than Meds, foldit, eyewire, block by block, minecraft, Ora saves the forest, Whale song project whale fm, Valley of heroes created by Jane McGonigal   
-Goals are more possible when fueled by positive emotions

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ALA Vegas

Here we are in Vegas for the Annual Library Conference. Conference action starts later, so today's agenda is a motor coach trip to the Canyon. I have been to Vegas, Hoover Dam and the Canyon several times before, but it never gets old. It is certainly a change of scenery from Belize.