You can probably get the idea of who I am from my forum signature, but I'll elaborate a bit. I'm a secondary (high school) teacher of seven years making the shift from publicschools to private education. I will be heading off to the AMAZING Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, which has a very progressive attitude that has the students in mind. I will be teaching a few classes of Spanish (mostly III, one of IV; I'm gamifying them all!), and I will have an extra period during which I'll most likely be planning some professional development.
Meanwhile, I am also a doctoral student in educational technology/curriculum development at the University of Florida. We recently were tasked to think about our research/dissertation topic(s), and our advisor told us to think about "what keeps you up at night." Well, turns out that for me it's gamification (and not just for students)! Ever since, I've lost a lot of sleep! :D
I've been playing games for a long, long time. In fact, according to some writers, I'm an early member of the "digital native" generation (1980 - present; although I still don't like that term). Games and digital media have been second nature to me. I played Mario when I was four years old. :D I feel very strongly that education needs to change to match the change in society, just as we have done historically before (although that was quite some time ago). But I won't delve into history, Sputnik and the Industrial Revolution here. :) I am current in Cognitive Dissonance as a lowly level 24 Human Paladin (Hecatera, of course). In Second Life, I am Cat Thexios. My first ISTE Speaker Series presentation was, in fact, WoW in Schools.
So, more about me... I'm a new mom! I have a 10-month-old who loves my iPhone. Fisher Price has some amazing apps. I'm not afraid to teach her technology; it's the society in which she will have to live and work, after all. My husband works in compliance in athletics. He loves rules. We are one of the geekiest households ever (in total, there are 7 Apple products in our home). It's wonderful. :)