Cinderella 2.0: Transmedia Storytelling – YouTube

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This short film, created by our Madrid office, is a tutorial for storytelling, brand content and transmedia. It illustrates Draftfcb’s commitment to creating… (A ‘Cinderella 2.0’ short film explain to you what is Transmedia Storytelling.

Melody Stotler‘s insight:

Transmedia storytelling is fascinating and powerful. This is a great depiction.

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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows – KQED (blog)

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Games and learning advocates often come up against the video game stigma…

Melody Stotler‘s insight:

Plenty of research suggests there are benefits to gaming. What do you think?

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The NEW HOME of Gaming Psych

Hey gang! I TOTALLY love the follows! Make sure you follow the new site (that’s where I’ll be posting from now on). You can subscribe there to get more ginger psychology gaming nerdy happiness! Just what you ALWAYS wanted! ❤

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The Blog Has Moved!

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My blog has moved! I am proud to announce that (due to a miscalculation on my part with my posting abilities to the PhD page) I have decided to make the leap from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. All the same content is available, and new content is coming all the time (school and motivation are back in session)! All in a fresh, pretty, Melodyesque wrapping! Make sure you bookmark it! ❤

 

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A Definition of Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a way of considering information in order to form an opinion which is based in logic, humility, and research.

Critical thinking lets us decide how we feel about things. It is a practiced set of skills that helps us consider things thoroughly before drawing conclusions about them, and saves us from the assumptions, inferences, and irrational conclusions of anyone who isn’t considering all sides of an argument. Just as we would when forming an argument, we start with our opinion then look into why we think what we do, what others think, why others might think the way they do, and what other questions could possibly be asked about the topic. Then we go about trying to answering those questions (Weston, 2009).

QuestionsCritical thinking takes humility. We have to be willing to honestly consider the possibility that others have valid points, and ultimately be willing to admit that our initial opinion was wrong and adjust accordingly. And, what’s more, we have to be able to either trust that our sources are able to do the same or know how to sift through what in their argument is opinion and what is fact (Browne & Keeley, 2007).

We must either know, or be able to figure out, where to get information. We have to be able to sort through sources, deciding what is reliable and generalizable and what is not (Dowden, 2002; Paul & Elder, 2001; Weston, 2009). We have to understand what our sources are talking about and whether the context fits what we are researching. For example, when John Locke (1689) talks about human understanding, it helps us put his words into context when we know the zeitgeist. Another example is our need to take into consideration the effect that Richard Paul (2001) selling a product has on his discussion of the importance and nature of critical thinking. And when Dr. Dowden (2002) discusses skills needed for critical thinking, is he only targeting those seeking to go to college. Does that change the meaning of the argument for rest of us?

EternalA definition of critical thinking is only the first step in determining whether it is important to us, how to use it, and when to use it; as discussed above, progress requires questions. When researching critical thinking, is it important to know what the end goal is? In other words, does it matter why you want to be able to think critically? Does the definition of critical thinking change when considering media messages as opposed to considering what to eat for lunch? Is there a time when critical thinking becomes unnecessary or overly complicated? Is there a basic formula for critical thinking that can be followed? Does the way in which someone goes about applying critical thinking change the results of their analysis? These questions and more may lead us to making more well-rounded conclusions about critical thinking.

References:

Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (2007). Asking the right questions: a guide to critical thinking (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Dowden. (2002). A summary of critical thinking skills. Retrieved from: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/d/dowdenb/4/ct-def/ct-skills.htm

Locke, J. (1689). An essay concerning human understanding. In L. Pojman (Ed.), Classics of philosophy (pp 653-689). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2001). Modified from the book by Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2001). Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life.

Weston, A. (2009). A rulebook for arguments. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub.

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The Greatest NES Collection of All-Time

I love NES gaming and have since we got our NES in 1986. In retrospect, I wish I’d begged my mom to keep our system, but hindsight and all that. But I digress. This collection is amazing. I WISH I had something bad ass like this. Since I don’t, join me in a little nostalgic vicarious living.

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Recently, there have been a lot of posts around the internet showing off people’s impressive game collections. We think we may have just found the greatest one yet.

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Coca-Cola Content 2020 Part One

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The media landscape is a very different beast today than it was even 5 years ago. Then agency-led television commercials dominated how we channel our marketi…

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Nice! A Case Study of Transmedia—How “Fringe” Used Spreadable Media by Jason Ohler | Tracking Transmedia

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“When I speak about the Mega Makeovers That Will Change Everything Educational, one of those makeovers is certainly the transmedia phenomenon.
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A Study on Character Development

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A Study on Character Development is a poem by Astrid ‘Artistikem’ Cruz from which several derivative works are being developed. Find out more about it here. (‘A Study on Character Development’ is growing every day a bit more!

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Addiction vs. Reflection: Unlocking the Potential of Games

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I was just ten years old when the circumstances of life led me to lock-picking for the first time. No, I wasn’t starving, nor had I been abducted by a band of thieves.
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