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!