Your gamer DNA is: Explorer
The Explorer motto: “No stone unturned!” Explorer Socializers are the glue of the online world. Not only do they like to delve in to find all the cool stuff, but they also enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. Explorer socializers power the wikis, maps, forums and theory craft sites of the gamer world.
Again, I am not a big gamer. So, when taking this quiz I had to imagine my professional attitude. I would say that the results describe me well. A few years ago, I would not have labeled myself as someone who is technologically correct. But, over the last few years, I have definitely gone above and beyond to embrace the twenty-first century classroom and learn as much technology as possible. I know that my students know more than I. In fact, many times I turn to them for tips on how to work this or how to do that with the technologies in my classroom. As an explorer, I am always trying new things to see if they will work for my classroom, and I am always looking for new ways to engage my students.
In the book, A New Culture of Learning, it talks about embracing change. We can all agree that technology is THE change of the twenty-first century. I like the book’s mention of the young adult’s fascination with the Harry Potter series. Many children became absorbed in the story that they could quickly recall many facts about the characters – as if the characters were real. If only our students could get as engaged in our lectures so that they absorbed the information that we are trying to transfer to them. Dave Burgess talks about the many “hooks” that we can use to make these connections with our students. In Teach Like a PIRATE he talks about how he sets the scene, dresses the part and creates a story that “hooks” his students into a new kind of learning. Its just a different way to embrace our changing students.
I would say that I am an Explorer. Over the last couple of years, I have explored many new strategies to teaching this new group of learners. I welcome the changes of the twenty-first century classroom. I only hope that I can keep up with my students.