My Mind Palace

December 27, 2014


One of the few advantages to long car rides is that it provides time for me to catch up on all my favorite podcasts/broadcasts.  I am a frequent listener of RadioLab, This American Life, and The Howard Stern Show (I remain unashamed), and Very Bad Wizards. And, while I did listen to all of those over break, it was the new podcast of Serial that rocked my trip and cursing areas that lacked enough towers to power up the bluetooth connection.

If you haven’t checked this out or have been absolutely stuck in a cave the past 8 weeks (and I don’t judge), let me give you a brief description: it explores the murder of Hae Lee in Baltimore, January 1999.  Sarah Koenig, the host, investigates the evidence against the convicted murderer (an ex boyfriend) and the court proceedings.  I won’t ruin it too much, but OHMYGOSH check it out.

My thoughts: Anand is innocent, Jay (seriously, Jay, talk) is holding back, and who KILLED HAE?

I can’t wait for season two.

On a side note, because I can’t turn the teacher in me off, parts of this would be brillant in exploring research skills and technique- why making claims are important/how they matter/how you can interpret things in different ways.  Hmmmm…

And in creative writing, you could totally use this to teach the mystery genre….

December 10, 2014


I really like this approach to gaming- think of how this could be useful in diversity training, culture appreciation, race questions, teaching complicated notions of identity and identity issues. The author hit the nail on the head too- games are very insular- we rely on “gratuitous violence to attract players.” This game begins with storytelling- how do you tell/present a culture and find a story arc? [Theirs is climate change.]

I wonder if students couldn’t do this to explore different cultures or even find a way to bring minor characters to light via a class project.

– Inspired by Limbo/Ico/Shadow of Colussus (I’ll have to look some of this up)

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