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Interview: Prof. Steinkeuhler on Being a Mom, Scholar, and Gamer

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Get Connected Gamer Profile USE MEConstance Steinkeuhler is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-directs the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. Professor Steinkeuler has earned a PhD in Literacy Studies, an MS in Educational Psychology, and three additional degrees in Mathematics, English, and Religious Studies. She researches cognition and learning in games, and she designs games.

Recently, she graciously answered some questions for our Get Connected Gamer Profiles series. Thanks, Professor Steinkeuhler! We wish we could be in Madison for this year’s Games+Learning+Society Conference, which will be held June 10-13.

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CodeSpells: A Magical Exploration of Java

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on UW Bothell’s student-run media blog, The Next. CodeSpells is a fantastic resource for kids learning to make programs, and we encourage all parents to take advantage of it.

Today I spent my afternoon giggling and clapping my hands together while coding in Java. Now, I’m not a complete novice when it comes to code; I’ve always enjoyed the coding I’ve done for my classes, but I’ve never been delighted by it. The reason that my coding today was so exceptional is that I was not nesting loops to make a box or plucking data out of an array—I spent my afternoon coding things to teleport or catch fire in the charming Java learning tool CodeSpells. Read More

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Dousing the Flames: Five Ways to Cope With Trolls

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Editor’s Note: This piece was first published on The Next, a student-run media blog by UW Bothell.

Online harassment is an issue in many online communities—games are no exception. For that reason, Pixelkin believes in providing teens with the support and knowledge they need to navigate the online world. In this piece, Elliott White offers his own advice for gamers faced with harassment. Read More