Introduction (that I fell asleep doing)

Personal information
1. What is your first name? Please use your preferred name, nick name, etc. Do you have preferred pronouns?

Hi I’m Victoria but I go by Tori. My pronouns are she/they :).

2.  Where are you from?

I’m from Mantua, Ohio currently. But I’ve also lived in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Wisconsin.

3. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit. Are you on an athletic team? Sing in the choir?  Are you trying out for a play? Painting? What are you planning on doing this semester in your life that is noteworthy?

I currently work at Monarch Center for Autism, which is literally next door! I also love to craft, play video games and bake. I’m also rewriting one of my papers to be able to be published in an academic journal.

Learning Style and more:
4. Being as specific as you can, what must be in place for you to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a course?

I think what must be in place is just a sense of acceptance, like we all know each other ticks differently and judgement is held.

What have you been reading?

5. I want to know what matters most to you about education. To this end, please share with the class an essay that is essential to your interests/concerns as a preservice teacher. (Include the reference to the essay [chapter, article, website] and a few sentences about its significance to you).

Beghin, H., 2021. The Benefits of Inclusion for Students on the Autism Spectrum. BU Journal of Graduate Studies in Education, [online] 13(2), pp.12-16. Available at: <https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1304391&gt;.

This is significant to me as one, a person with Autism theirself and also as a current teacher of kids with Autism. I want ny classroom to be inclusive and welcoming to all.

About Dr. Shutkin:

6. Write down a question or two that you would like to ask about me or the class.

Would you ever think of getting another cat?

Will we talk about AAC even a little or no?

Digital Storytelling Storyboard

I chose to use Jamboard as it allowed me to streamline everything, and color coordinate! The yellow is music, blue is visuals, pink is the section of my script and green is any effects on pictures and videos! It really allowed me to see it all laid out in one place visually which I really appreciated.

Classroom Technology Observations

The school that I am using for my observations is the one I work at, Monarch Center for Autism. I work in the high school/middle school building of the sprawling campus. Throughout the campus, all teachers and students have access to smartboards, computers and a classroom amount of IPads.

Observing the students in your classroom

  1. What software applications and hardware are students using in the classroom?
    • Students in my school use both the computer and Ipads to enhance learning and also use them for recreational use.
  2. Describe what the students are doing with the technology that you identified.
    • Students use these devices for review and work on sites/apps like Vizzle, Boomcards, and Starfall. They also use them for recreation and reward after a few hours of work.
  3. What software applications and hardware are facilitating/impeding the conditions that make student learning possible?
    • I would say the easy access to apps on the Ipads would impede the learning, however we have a way to lock down the Ipads where they are forced to only do their work.
  4. How so?
    • Well, with their use of apps and not doing work they can definitely impede their learning by limiting the amount of practice or review they get.

Observing your cooperating teacher

  1. What software applications and hardware is your cooperating teacher(s) using in the classroom? Document both hardware and software.
    • We have standard computers with keyboards and mouses. Our software we use is Boardmaker, Zoom. Also on both our computers and Ipads we have a data collection app called Canvas.
  2. Describe how your cooperating teacher(s) uses the software applications and hardware.
    • The teachers in my school use a variety of software, while using the same standard Windows 11 computer, keyboard and mouse set up. We have access to Boardmaker to create visual schedules and other needed visuals. We also have Zoom for IEP meetings, group meetings and for potential distance learning. We use Canvas to record IEP goal data weekly.
  3. What software applications and hardware are facilitating/impeding the conditions that make teaching possible?
    • I think the clunkiness of the data program definitely impedes teaching.
  4. How so?
    • All data has to be inputted into it and it takes a solid hour to put in just one kid’s data. This takes away time from the teacher’s ability to plan, prep and make materials to help teach concepts.

Video Game Exploration 3

Welcome back to Crusader Kings III and today we are going to the Holy Crusades! I learnt that the Crusades are not offered to players who don’t have a relative good handle on the war function of the game, which lends to Gee’s idea of well ordered problems but also pleasantly frustrating. Because going into a crusade is much harder than just fighting a war for land with your neighbor!

More on Gee’s principals is the co-design, identity and customization aspect of this game. You get to choose what your character learns, their skills, if they romance or kill a person. None of this is chosen by the game so you are in control if you want to be a tyrant or wild seducer.

Lastly, this sandbox of a game really allows the player to keep going, especially when it comes to setting up your heir for success for when you die because you continue playing as your heir.

Video Game Exploration Post 2

I continued on my quest of playing Crusader Kings III this week. After updating the game, as it is actively being updated to fix bugs and glitches, I was greeted with this screen. That is my king, his wife and his heir. I really like that bit of detailing given by the developers!

As I continued on my journey, I found that this game allows customization that fits with Gee’s principals. The player can change the king’s name, can decide if they are to get a cat, dog, or neither and what to name them, and if they wish to marry or stay unmarried. The game puts decisions into the player’s hands every chance it can. You can also choose who is in your council as you continue on your quest to rule.

I also really enjoy that this game gives information on demand, especially when you are making big decisions such as I had when my wife laid with my rival (the rival I made the choice to kill).

Video Game Exploration; Blogpost 1

I decided to choose a game from Paradox Interactive for this exploration. I actually have played other games of theirs (Europa Universalis and Stellaris) but as multiplayer endeavors with some of my bigger history/science geek friends. Due to my familiarity to their building style, and the fact I could easily obtain this game via the gaming platform Steam which I use frequently, I chose to play Crusader Kings III. Interestingly enough I found that none of my friends have played this game, but after speaking to them, I may be able to explore the multiplayer aspects more!

Love, fight, scheme, and claim greatness. Determine your noble house’s legacy in the sprawling grand strategy of Crusader Kings III. Death is only the beginning as you guide your dynasty’s bloodline in the rich and larger-than-life simulation of the Middle Ages.

Upon loading up this game, I was greeted with some really beautiful art as the loading screen which also later held tips for game aspects. I do love that in a loding screen because sometimes you just forget items and it helps! Much unlike my funniest loading screen ever in a game, pictured last in this gallery, from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. That screen actually led to some frustration at the time, because I had just died in that game. So glad Crusader Kings III hasn’t given me one of those! 🤣

So far I have advanced a bit into the tutorial, which really is a lot to be thrown at you once but I can see the appeal to some kinds of players. I personally am in the camp of “mess around and find out” when it comes to learning how game mechanics work so while it helped, it didn’t help me a whole lot like it would potentially a newer gamer. I have also included some screenshots from further in the game where it shows some customization and also how it lays out what may happen in choices you choose.