About

Hello, I’m Tabitha, and welcome to my website. Here you’ll find my comments and musings on all things related to video games and education. Sometimes those two areas will intersect, and other times I will relate observations of my teaching experiences and offer game “reviews.” However, my primary interest is in the practical use of video games in the classroom.

I grew up in a small town in central Michigan and became absorbed in the digital worlds of such games as Age of Empires, The Elder Scrolls, Nancy Drew, and KotOR. I slowly graduated from a Nintendo Game Boy to a used laptop my dad saved from the trash. I was hooked.

These days I’m still an avid gamer (mostly playing RPGs), but I’m also an educator who approaches games and their respective communities from a more critical perspective. While I’ve always been interested in video games, this interest took a professional turn during my graduate studies at Northern Illinois University. There I taught a first-year composition course founded on on gaming principles and that used video games as texts. My research in preparation for the course culminated in a fairly sizeable stack of books regarding video game theory, video games in education, visual and digital literacies, and discourse communities.

Soon I will continue exploring the intersection of digital media and composition while pursing doctoral studies in the fall. And that’s partly why I have this blog-to share and discuss my passion for teaching and gaming along with, hopefully, offering a starting point for educators interested in the educational value of video games and other digital media. Hope you enjoy and follow along!