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#6385624 Jul 13, 2012 at 08:30 AM · Edited 10 years ago
Cognitive Di...
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Greetings, gamers!

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 public schools 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. :)

Um... Oh! I'm one of the speakers during the VSTE Gaming Book Study on McGonigal's "Reality is Broken" It just started July 9th. Please join along on the VSTE Ning Gaming Group; you don't have to be a VSTE member, although membership is free. Please come participate in the discussion online or visit in Second Life during one of the next three meetings (I'll be talking on August 6th).

If you are on Twitter, please send me a shout out @CatFlippen! I'll add you to the Games MOOC list I'm creating, so I can e-stalk you. :D
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Catherine H Flippen
SL: Cat Thexios
WoW: Hecatera

Doctoral Student at the University of Florida
Upper School Faculty at Mount Vernon School
about.me/CatFlippen
@CatFlippen
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#6390101 Jul 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Initiate
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Hey Cat! Nice to read about you!
~Neemana
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#6393786 Jul 15, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Cognitive Di...
16 Posts
Thanks Neemana!

You can tell it's summertime for me when I write too much. :)

(Love your profile avatar, btw!)
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Catherine H Flippen
SL: Cat Thexios
WoW: Hecatera

Doctoral Student at the University of Florida
Upper School Faculty at Mount Vernon School
about.me/CatFlippen
@CatFlippen
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#6394305 Jul 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Guides
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Welcome to our group. You sound like you have a lot to add to our MOOC, I look forward to this journey with you.
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