Legacy

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My family joked that pretty much everywhere we went in Japan was a World Heritage Site (世界遺産). Certainly seemed that way in Kyoto. 

遺産

Leaving any place feels like a metaphor for death. Continue reading

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The New New Horizon

new horizon

Getting a bit of a Wind Waker vibe. Maybe it’s just me.

新しいニューホライズン

Name sounds less confusing in Japanese, huh? Kinda like the New 3DS. Continue reading

The Difficulty of Difficulty

The ball on the left represents material that's too easy and the ball on the right represents material that's too hard. And like reality, it's really hard to tell which side is which.

The ball on the left represents material that’s too easy and the ball on the right represents material that’s too hard. And like reality, it’s really hard to tell which side is which.

難易度の困難さ

A balancing act in both the classroom and the world of games. Continue reading

Bad Tests

Great example of a bad test. This was actually used to weed out who could vote or not, and, for some reason that almost nobody can explain, only handed to black people. Weird, right?

Great example of a bad test. This was actually used to weed out who could vote or not, and, for some reason that almost nobody can explain, only handed to black people. Weird, right?

悪い試験

Test making isn’t easy, that’s for sure. But that’s no excuse for…this. Continue reading

Understanding Dr. Seuss in Japan

日本でドクター・スースを理解するかどうか

I grew up on Dr. Seuss. Japan didn’t. That’s sad to me, but I’m sure a childhood without Anpanman is just as sad to Japanese people.

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Not Understanding Is Fine: Teaching English

不理解は大丈夫:英語教育

One of the first things you realize when you teach a language is that you don’t really understand what the heck is going on. And that’s okay, especially if you’re a learner. Continue reading

Educational Games vs. Edutainment vs. Gamification

教育ゲーム対エデュテインメント対ゲーミフィケーション

With all the “games for class” and “games for learning” recently, I’ve had the above on my mind again, and I think it’s important to clarify what the above terms mean. Continue reading