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#8052154 Jun 27, 2013 at 05:15 PM · Edited over 5 years ago
Guild Officers
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Welcome to Gamifying Student Orientation! Reply to this thread with answers to the following:
  • Name and what you do for a living
  • What is the most common question you encounter from new students?
  • What do you wish new students knew/knew how to do?
  • (optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @weskriesel, website, or blog

I've set up an optional Facebook group in case that interests us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/470054346420450
It's a general purpose group to carry on a discussion that relates to the Gamifying Student Orientation quests. Use it if you like it. And if you like it, tell me. It's an experiment.

A Note on Twitter:
If you don't already use Twitter, sign up! Use it to share your experiences, wins and fails. In regards to 3DGameLab, your post should always include a #3dgamelab somewhere. If you want to make sure I see it, include #gsowes too.
Sample Twitter post you might make:
"I created my first orientation quest to help students! #3dgamelab #gsowes"
3D GameLab employee/tech support
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#8052569 Jun 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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Is this a group on 3DGL? Can I join this?

  • My name is Alfonso Gonzalez but I go by Al. I'm a middle school Science teacher.
  • Most common questions from new students? Do we have to dissect animals? Can we blow stuff up?
  • I wish students were more adventurous with tech. If I point students to say, Glogster, they should be able to get on it, experiment, and figure it out without me having to show them all the time. They need to be better problem solvers such as using mailcatch to create their own accounts for services like Prezi or VoiceThread.
  • My twitter handle is @educatoral and I blog at http://educatoral.com/wordpress
Alfonso Gonzalez
Middle School Science Teacher
Tweets @EducatorAl
Blogs @ http://educatoral.com/wordpress
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#8060981 Jun 29, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Guild Officers
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•Name and what you do for a living
Kim Dinsmore, second grade teacher, school webmaster

•What is the most common question you encounter from new students?
Can I use the iPad?

•What do you wish new students knew/knew how to do?
I wish students could organize their desk and keep it neat. I am a bit OCD about clutter.

•(optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @weskriesel, website, or blog
kim83805
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#8069820 Jul 01, 2013 at 09:49 AM · Edited over 5 years ago
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Hi, I am Lynda and teach nuring in a small college. I would like to meet more nursing faculty to collaborate with in 3DGL.

The most common question from new students is how to get into the Learning Management System (Angel) and what does the LMS offer them.

I wish they were more open to using blogging, Voice Thread,etc. for class assignments.

My twitter account is @drmomphd

Optional answer: Pioneering is a willingness to endure hardship in order to explore new places or try out new things. But I also think it includes optimism, wonder, spirit and vision.
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#8070984 Jul 01, 2013 at 01:15 PM
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My name is Larry Schowalter and I'm a grade 6 teacher in Alberta, Canada. The most common question that I receive from students is, "When can we use the computers?" My sincerest wish is that students get organized. I tend to have a mostly paperless class, but it would be nice if they saved digital files with a title of some sort.
My website is mrschowalter.com.

Cheers,
Larry
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#8071019 Jul 01, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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And, the O Pioneers probably comes from Whitman:

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Sounds like it could be applicable to the brave educators following the QBL path.
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#8071237 Jul 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM
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My Name is Mark Tennyson (DramaJock) I teach Computers and Drama at Westchester Lutheran Middle School.

The most common question I get is "Can we listen to Music?"

I wish New students had a familiarity with interacting with people online and managing their digital assets. Even though they are digital natives 6th graders have a very limited experience interacting with each other virtually. (at least at this pint in time) I am always surprised that my students still have trouble simply finding a saved document.

@marktennyson
+marktennyson
faceboook.com/mark.tennyson
www.marktennyson.com
"So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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#8075105 Jul 02, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Adventurer
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I am known as Wanddy on this board. In the real world I am Brian Zimmerman, an instructor in graphic arts at Stevens~Henager college in Boise.

The first question usually is, "What does this button do?"

I wish my new students had a better way of getting information on the things needed to survive in college.

I find my students have not made the switch to Twitter so I hang with them on FB I can be found at brian.zimmerman@stevenshenager.edu.

O Pioneers speaks of the deep longing to leave the familiar and head into the new uncharted territory. Just as we are doing in leaving an educational paradigm that was not new centuries ago.
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#8075633 Jul 02, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Guild Officers
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#8075105 Wanddy wrote:

I am known as Wanddy on this board. In the real world I am Brian Zimmerman, an instructor in graphic arts at Stevens~Henager college in Boise.

The first question usually is, "What does this button do?"

I wish my new students had a better way of getting information on the things needed to survive in college.

I find my students have not made the switch to Twitter so I hang with them on FB I can be found at brian.zimmerman@stevenshenager.edu.

O Pioneers speaks of the deep longing to leave the familiar and head into the new uncharted territory. Just as we are doing in leaving an educational paradigm that was not new centuries ago.



Hi Wanddy - I've been looking at your Photoshop quests. Great work!
3D GameLab employee/tech support
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#8076414 Jul 02, 2013 at 01:15 PM · Edited 5 years ago
Guild Officers
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I joined the Facebook group, but you need to approve me :D
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#8077218 Jul 02, 2013 at 03:52 PM
4 Posts
Hello
My name is Jeanette and I am a 7th grade Social Studies teacher. Most of the time the students first question is, how many points will I need to earn a A. I wish my students would have the courage to go outside the box more. My twitter account is @jcellucci.
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#8091239 Jul 05, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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My name is John Zelek and I am the director of technology at a private school as well as the computer science teacher. My goal is to provide an Introduction to Java course within the framework of quests. My students ask the typical questions about grading, course expectations, etc. I have a twitter account but do not use it.
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#8091422 Jul 05, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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Name and what you do for a living
What is the most common question you encounter from new students?
What do you wish new students knew/knew how to do?
(optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @weskriesel, website, or blog

David Denham: I am a teahcer, Junior High Social Studies and a High School Broadcast Media class. Most new students ask me, how many years have you been teaching and is it true ... "all the students say you are a tech junkie." I wish new students were better aware of internet etiquette. I hate it when I assign projects that they upload to their youtube and I see comments on each others' that reference highly inappropriate remarks. When I ask them about it, they say "I didn't think anyone could see that ..." Kids need to be better aware of internet etiquette indeed.
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#8104621 Jul 08, 2013 at 01:29 PM · Edited over 5 years ago
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Hi! I'm joining a little late, but here I am!
I'm Catherine Dutton. I'm a teacher- I teach online, college level courses.

The most common question depends on the course; lab courses most frequently get questions about lab logistics since that is the "on ground" section of the course.

I wish my new students knew about APA, how to navigate the course/LMS better and about how to best contact the instructor.

My Twitter handle is @catherined - website www.catherinedutton.net

Edited to add Extra Credit:
I'm guessing the Oh Pioneers reference is either from Willa Cather's novel or Walt Whitman's poem. While both pieces were about the westward expansion- this is about a different expansion- to online education, gamification and technology!
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#8104685 Jul 08, 2013 at 01:38 PM
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One of the challenges that I see is potential difficulties with technology. The benefits I see is that motivated students can move very quickly through this and get to the real meat of the class.

here is the Link to my updated quests
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtXbmDZgWCdhdHFIajlQanYzYTJ3enNBUUJ6cnQ4ZWc&usp=sharing
"So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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#8104920 Jul 08, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Adventurer
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Hi, I'm Sukey, and I teach humanities (film, religion, literature) at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Yes, the home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. I'm also the General Education Coordinator for the college.

The most common question I get from my students is probably "why won't this work," referring to everything from transferring a file format to watching an online video.

Therefore, I wish students came to college with more developed initiative and research skills. They seem to expect to be provided everything they need for learning, taking a passive role in their own education. Heck, I use Google to find the answer to most of those "why won't this work" questions, a skill that is not beyond any of them, if they'd think to do it. And I'm not QUITE nasty enough to use Let Me Google That For You. Not quite yet, anyway.

My Twitter handle is ychumanities, though I use Facebook a lot more than Twitter.

O Pioneers! is a novel by Willa Cather as well as a poem ("Pioneers! O Pioneers!) by Walt Whitman, and both deal with the restless spirit that drives some people into uncharted territory. Something I would dearly like to foster in my students!
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#8111900 Jul 09, 2013 at 06:04 PM
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Hi All! I am Jeyith here and in Second Life, but my real name is Deborah.
I teach middle school science at a private school in Santa Monica (where, yes, everyone is called "Dude".)
New students at my school usually ask about the "Habits." We subscribe to 4 Habits of Mind and 3 Habits of Heart. I think they are confusing for most people, not just kids.
I would like new students to understand lots of stuff that is different about my school:
1. 7th and 8th grade is called D2, not 7th and 8th grade
2. D2 is divided into two Teams (A and B). These teams are just a way of dividing a large group of kids. It's not like one team is better than another. (Well, I am on Team A...)
3. We are a project-based school. Kids coming from public schools don't have a clue about what that means.
4. Everything is assessed by rubric in three levels: meeting, approaching, not meeting
5. All teachers assign certain skills to each of the 7 Habits. Often these are not the same from class to class. For example, in my class handing in your work on time falls under the Habit of Ethical Behavior, but in Humanities, it falls under the Habit of Collaboration. Go figure.

There's a lot of jargon for new students. :*(

I'm happy to be here at Teacher Camp. It's too hot to go outside.

Oh! And Willa Cather's My Antonia was a book I used to teach so I recognized the O! Pioneers. This year our kids will learn about Westward Expansion as well as America's expansion into outer space so I'm hoping that we can foster some of that pioneer spirit.
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#8120845 Jul 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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- Anne Lahr from Melbourne, FL (students refer to it as Melboring).
- I teach 8th grade American History at a private school.
- Major concern for students is my homework policy.
- I would like my students to write complete and detailed responses to their homework questions
- this summer our faculty was asked to read - mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. Dr. Dweck classifies people into two categories - fixed mindset or growth mindset. Very interesting reading.
I wrote my first quest last week, however it needs a lot of tweaking.
twitter account: @aclahr
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#8123759 Jul 12, 2013 at 01:35 AM
8 Posts
Hi everybody!

My name is Sonja Gabriel and I work for a college for teacher education in Austria.
The most common question I always get: What do we need to do for getting a positive grade?
I would like my students to be more autonomous and creative.

It's no use crying over spilt milk.
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#8141401 Jul 15, 2013 at 05:12 PM
9 Posts
I'm Kristen Bandy, and I teach 8th grade science in New Mexico. My students usually want to know what we "learn about in this class." I wish they had more computer skills because I spend a lot of time teaching them how to do basic things like use Word documents and how to do a Google search. They always just want to search images and look at the pictures. My Twitter is @kriban.
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