Playing God through gaming and online accessibility 

What might it say about me (or anyone really) when we play games like the one pictured below?

I used to play the other Sims games with people – controlling their looks, likes, dislikes and who they befriended, dated, etc.

It only confirmed how much of a control freak I am. With this game, I can build (and destroy) a city. Oh I know there are worse games out there with shooting and reckless driving and such. I’ve toned it down a bit.

I used to play fighting games like:

I just don’t have the time anymore. As I get older my “down” time consists of binging on Netflix. I’m updated with my crime-drama shows, and I’ve gone through most of the BBC shows on there. (They’re quite amusing, and I’m a huge Anglophile).

On an academic note, a research study as to the correlation between behavior and gaming would be very interesting. The educator mindset in me has always been interested in gamification as a motivational factor for student learning. But this isn’t the blog for its exploration.

I blog here for my moods, thinking and such and I have a teacher blog specifically for my students but no one but them can read it because my school is playing God with accessibility.

Educators promoting technology in schools usually work with an open domain, teaching kids to be responsible digital citizens, and rightly so. They’ve put other monitoring layers in place but my school doesn’t trust (or is too paranoid, too overprotective) of the access in my particular school. So the teacher-student domain is “blocked” to the public.

How can I encourage my students to become contributing global citizens with 21st century skills when other educators control the accesibilty? We’re supposed to teach them in school so that they can function properly in society.

Then students go home to their unfiltered lifestyle online with the unmonitored habits on social media (without proper monitoring)? Some parents don’t know how to do that, or have the time or the care to watch over it that closely, especially in the type of community where I work.

A teacher’s brain is never off. (Well, a good teacher is always thinking of how and what to apply in the classroom). There might be some “bad” teachers out there, but chances are they’re more tired than incompetent.

Are you a control-freak about anything?