Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Intro post

Hi.  You've come to the right spot.

What you need to do for your first blog post is simply give a brief introduction.  Who are you, what do you do, what hobbies do you have, etc.  I'll go first.

My name is Jason Siko.  I am a new faculty member here at GVSU.  I recently completed my doctorate in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in Detroit back in May.  I also got married in June.  I also left my teaching job at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, MI in order to come to Grand Valley.  So if you're keeping track, I just went through a heck of a lot of change in my life.

I taught high school biology and chemistry for 13 years in Clarkston.  It would have been 14 but I took a year off to pursue a Master's in Futures Studies (a topic for a different day) from the University of Houston.

My dissertation topic dealt with having students design (rather than play) games as a learning tool.  Instead of using game design software or having the students learn a computer language, we went with a low-tech approach using game design principles to design an interactive game using MS PowerPoint.

If you want to learn more about my academic life, visit my website at jasonsiko.com.

If you want to see what I was doing back in Clarkston (at least until they figure out that my website is still active), visit tinyurl.com/chssiko.