Welcome to the 2018 Year in review and THANK YOU for reading! It has been an exciting year here at Classroom Powerups. My year has seen a lot of changes – both personally and professionally. At this time last year my wife was only days away from giving birth to our 3rd child Gabriel (Little did we know!). Professionally I was beginning to tinker with my overall narrative and avatar system. The former led to many sleepless nights and a whole new family dynamic. The latter led to some of the most fun I had writing on this blog – my “Half-Baked” series.

I write this blog for a few reasons. The first is that it is a way to reflect on my practice. I have grown so much since I first began writing. I feel like I am on the verge of a unified theory centered around an open world game inspired classroom. The blog was also a way to share my ideas with the education world. (My not so secret goal is to some day write a book!) With that in mind I am super excited to report that my readership doubled from last year! ( I say this mostly tongue in cheek… It is not a huge number… 😉

So again, Thank you so much for reading. Looking back at the numbers I was surprised to see that I had posted 120 times this year. Here are my top ten posts of 2018:

  1. The 2018-19 Game Manual
  2. Making Cards with MTGcardsmith
  3. EDTECH POWER-UP: Create Google Forms Digital Locks
  4. 2018-19 Storyline and Implications
  5. Battle Mechanics: Skirmishes
  6. The Dreadsheets Strike Back: A video guide to the Dreadsheets
  7. Stop Collecting Papers
  8. Making Items
  9. Student Created Trading Cards
  10. The Magic of VLOOKUP: G.Sheets, Boss Fights, and Badges