But Is It Art?

I know what Cubism is.

I don’t “get it” but that’s OK.  There’s a great deal of artistic expression that goes over my head.  I’m not hating here so Picasso fans relax.

Let’s step it up digitally by reading this.

Called Kubist, you can turn your traditional images/pictures into your own Cubism originals.

It’s all done through this web application.

Upload your own image and watch the magic happen.

So, what’s the fun of dog ownership if you can’t have a little fun.  Jaimie was up for the task.

Let’s Kube him!

At 50 points, he’s pretty abstract!

But at 1000 points, he’s stylin’.

For model #2, I turned to Jaimie’s cousin.  Instead of white, he’s a beautiful mixture of boxer brown and black.  Check out the difference between 1000 points and 100 points here.

As you can see from the adjustments on the right hand side, you have some control over how things will appear.  They’re a great deal of fun to adjust and see the results immediately.

Want to talk mathematics?  Flip between triangle style to cell style and back again.  Grab a vertex and resize elements.  Based on the number of points in the image, can you create a formula that will determine the number of distinct objects?  The original article is a pretty fascinating technical read in itself.  The source code for the project is available on github if students are so inclined.

After abusing the family pet, where else could you do this?  How about a cubism representation for your school logo?  Or a further appreciation for the original artists who created the original cubism art?

Set aside a bit of time to play with this.  If you have any ideas, please be sure to share them.

Robben Island Prison

One of the true educational gems in the collection of all things Google is its Cultural Institute.

Using the power of its technology, Google takes us to places that we’d normally never see.  A recent addition to the collection is a sombre reminder of time gone by.

Join Vusumsi Mcongo, a former inmate at the Robben Island Prison in South Africa for a tour.

The presentation is part slideshow, part 360 panorama.

If you’ve ever navigated Google Slides and Google Streetview, you have the skills.

Click the arrows on the sides of the screen to move forward or backward.

It’s a humbling time on the tour.  I just can’t imagine life working in the quarry or living in the cells.

This tour, and many of the other resources from the Institute should be well bookmarked as classroom resources.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s always fun to write this post.  There are such great things coming from the keyboards of Ontario Educators.  Some of the noteworthy posts I read this past while appear below.

The Joy of Learning?

You know, if you could determine the answer to the question “What motivates students?”, you could bottle it and sell it to every school in the world.  They’d all be glad to pay for it.

Erin Little reflects on the topic and shares some of her thoughts.  They’re good thoughts, but in the back of my mind, I keep seeing the spectre of accountability and perceived accountability that just permeates everything in education.  How do you balance that and motivation?  Does one have to suffer for the other?

Looking Back

A good look backward really helps focussing and looking forward.  Sue Dunlop did so in response to Vicky Loras’ “What’s Your Story” challenge.

The post documents a pretty rich career in education.

This is a good reflection and probably one that everyone should do every now and again.  I think it helps put what is done daily in your personal and professional life in perspective.  Vicky has a great premise and I’m happy to see that others are taking the challenge.  Are you up to it?  You can flip through the stories here.

I still can’t get over eight moves in eight years, Sue.  It reminds me of university…

GAFE and iPad app-smashing video project
App smashing is always a fun event at conferences.  In this post, Sylvia Duckworth shows how her Grade 5 students are smashing apps with Google Applications for a Quebec project.

She includes complete instructions for students (and parents) to help make things a success.

I’m so impressed with the work that schools and districts that have adopted GAFE as a platform.  They’re not hesitant about sharing great ideas and are open and visible about it.  It’s more than just working with a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation package.

I’m sure that there will be a #sylvianote fall out of this project somewhere along the line.

makeschooldifferent: My Five Things We Need To Stop Pretending

Donna Fry was inspired by Scott McLeod to think about things that we need to stop pretending in schools.  She listed her five:

  • That we know what school is for;
  • That it’s okay to determine access to future learning based on a two digit number assigned by a secondary school teacher to a graduating student.;
  • That it’s okay for any student to be stuck and not learning.;
  • … you’ll have to visit her blog to see the rest of her musings …

Her post inspired Aviva Dunsiger to list hers here “MakeSchoolDifferent: What We Need To Stop Pretending

She thought:

  • That we’re all on the same page;
  • That we’re all making changes;
  • That kids are kids;
  • … of course, you’ll have to visit her blog for the rest …

And, Tina Zita got in on the action “makeschooldifferent: My Five (or close to it)

To date, she has less than five but they’re high quality thinking:

  • That technology is an option;
  • That we don’t have enough access.
  • … you know what you have to do …

I’m sure that they all would appreciate you dropping by and adding a comment of your own.

Session Preparation for OTRK12

As you read this, the On The Rise Conference is on and Brandon Grasley is presenting.  He’s going to talk about How To Be an EdTech Leader.  I can think of many who think they are already who definitely need to attend his session.  In a blog post, he shares his planning.

I wonder if it will go as planned?  My sessions never do; I’m easily side tracked.  I hope to follow the hashtag #otrk12 and find great educators and their ideas as they are motivated to make significant changes to their own practice.

Ever Tried an Edcamp? #edcampham
You know, you never hear of people write enthusiastically after a full day of “sit n git” Professional Development.  Maybe it’s the type of people that I hang around with online, or it’s just the premise of an edCamp, but these are always exciting posts to read.

There was an interesting addition to the day as Beth Hulan noted in this post.  A secondary school student asked and attended.  Maybe the attendance of more students would add more power to an already powerful format?  Let’s face it; we talk about student voice a great deal but how much does an individual voice get in a class of 24?

Sitting around the discussion table discussing the issues with their teachers could be the ultimate outlet.

The complete agenda for the day is located here.  Google documents were used to organize the day and notes were kept in separate Google documents.  Ever notice that nobody ever uses Office 365 for these things?  There even was a session comparing the two platforms but the record wasn’t terribly complete.

Thanks to those above who shared their insights.  It made for another week of fascinating reading.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Learning and Sharing never seems to stop with Ontario Educators.  In case you missed them, here are some of the posts that caught my attention this past week.

Useful Twitter Resources for Educators

It’s hard to think that there are people who still haven’t seen the value of being connected to other educators via Twitter.  Sometimes, it just takes a good starting point.  The Cube for Teachers blog puts together a pretty comprehensive list for the beginner or those who wish to extend their abilities.

There’s also a selection of educator accounts offered as samples at the bottom of the post.

This post is a great share in your school conference and just might inspire more of your colleagues to join Cube for Teachers for the resources and the networking.

Google Chrome Tips and Tricks

Once you’ve sipped from the extensions/addon functionality well supporting your favourite browser, you’ll never stop.  A great browser goes over the top when you extend its abilities with the right tool.  Nicole Beuckelare shares some of her favourites in this post.

She also attended the Ontario Google Summit and shares her observations from that event here.  I like her analogy of a “gatherer”.  I feel like a hoarder at times…

My EdTech Team GAFE Summit Ah Ha Moment!

The neat thing that happens when you get a bunch of motivated to learn people together in one space is the massive learning and sharing.  It can be humbling when you think that you’ve “got it” only to realize that there’s so much to learn.  describes it like this…

I think the race analogy is so appropriate.  I have the same feeling and also the suspicion that the people holding the ribbon are running away from me way faster than I’m running towards them.  Never stop learning.

Microsoft EDU Summit 2015

The Google Summit wasn’t the only summit in the province last weekend.  Andre Quaglia had the only post that I could find about the Microsoft event.  Andre presented at the summit and shares his resources through this post.

The two hashtags from the weekend of learning were:  #ongafesummit and #msftedusummit.

They should have had a Hangout or Lync smackdown to close their events.

My Marvelous Mentee

Diana Maliszewski was involved in an AQ course on mentoring.  It sounds interesting and I’m going to do some more digging to find out just what the course entails.  At the very end, though, she posted some thoughts about one of the professionals that she worked with.

I like the list of attributes identified and attributed to Salma.  These are qualities that everyone should be proud to have and I hope that she wasn’t embarrassed.  She should be proud that Diana identified them.  This is the good stuff.

Could you say this about yourself?  If not, what could you do to put yourself into that position?

Amazing Things Do Happen

The best part of professional learning happens when the right people are in the right place at the right time.  Amy Bowker writes a post of just this happening at an edCamp.

Her takeaway was a renewed interest in the Google Educational certification program.  It sounds like obtaining this certification is important to her, so I wish her luck.


I had the awesome opportunity to conduct an interview with Anita Brook Kirkland this past week.  These are some of my most enjoyable posts and Anita was certainly delightful and shared so many things.  Read it here.  All of the interview that I’ve done are gathered together in the Interviews link above in case you want to dig into the archives for one.  Ditto for the “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” posts.  Such wisdom is contained in those posts.

There’s always something happening on the blogs of Ontario Educators and great thinking/sharing.  Why not jump in, read, and add your thoughts to these wonderful blogs?

An Interview with Anita Brooks Kirkland

Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed, Anita.  I appreciate it and I know that a lot of the readers of this blog will be interested in your insights into today’s Learning Commons.



Doug:  I always start with this question – do you remember when we first met?


Anita: I think it must have been at an ECOO conference, likely twelve or thirteen years ago. Your reputation preceded you. Our friend Ron Millar promoted the resources in your database that you generously shared beyond the GECDSB, and I had met a dynamic group of teacher-librarians from Greater Essex who had sung your praises.


Doug:  I’ll bet that I could name many of those teacher-librarians.  They share your passion for the library and all that it can bring to a school.  Obviously, I didn’t know you from your previous life before being assigned to the board office.  Can you share some of your teaching experience?


Anita: My pre-service teacher training was in instrumental music and school librarianship, believe it or not. It was the last year that you could do librarianship as a teachable. I had intended to teach at the secondary level, but when I started many boards were extending instrumental music into Grades 7 and 8. I started teaching instrumental music and a variety of core subjects in Durham Region. After five years I moved to Waterloo (where my new husband lived and worked) and taught in a senior elementary school. I had a lot more music classes, but continued to teach core as well. After a few years I moved into the school library. When the board cut elementary teacher-librarian positions, I spent one year as an itinerant teacher-librarian for three schools, and the next year I became the library consultant for K-12 libraries. I supported the school-based secondary teacher-librarians, the small group of centrally-assigned elementary teacher-librarians, and the library clerks who had come to staff the elementary libraries.


Doug:  Provincially, there has been huge discussion and controversy around school libraries recently.  Can you give us the “big picture” from your perspective?


Anita: Firstly, I’m gratified that there is a discussion. Over the past few years, since the publication of Together for Learning, there’s been quite a bit of excitement about new possibilities for the school library program, and we are seeing some great work in many school districts. There’s a lot of innovation taking place and it’s never been a more exciting time to be a librarian, I think. Having said that, school library programs in many places are still reeling from the massive cuts of the early 2000s. Without repeating my entire blog post on the topic (Ontario Needs Teacher-Librarians), my hope is that the Ministry of Education will decide to be more strategic in its thinking about leveraging the substantial investment it already makes in libraries. Unlike most other provinces, there is nobody at the Ministry with direct responsibility for school libraries, and although the Ministry funded Together for Learning, the last time it actually published a program guideline itself was in 1982 (Partners in Action,which was a great document, and brought international attention to Ontario). It is my strong belief that effective school library learning commons programs can help Ontario realize its goals in education. It’s going to take leadership from the Ministry to fully realize that potential.


Doug:  In many cases, there has been a rebranding of “library” to “learning commons”.  What does this really mean?


Anita: I’ll start by saying that I am one of the early adopters of the philosophy of the learning commons, and have dedicated a considerable amount of my professional life facilitating understanding about the idea. The moniker learning commons should not replace the word library. Libraries are and always have been about empowering learning through equitable access to information and reading, and a strong ethic of intellectual freedom. That is a proud history. When people drop the name library, I think they are trying to break a perceived stereotype rather than leveraging everything that the library stands for.

The collaborative, inquiry-based and technology-enabled learning construct described in our own Ontario guideline, Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons places the emphasis on learning how to learn, and describes how the school library program can enable this approach. Keeping school library in the name connects these ideas.


I’m spending quite a bit of time these days working with teacher-librarians, teachers and principals on our new national standards document, published by the Canadian Library Association. Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada describes the place of the school library learning commons. “A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. The library learning commons is the physical and virtual collaborative learning hub of the school. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school.”


Doug:  Some libraries have had that name changed in name only.  What do they truly have to do to make it a “learning commons”?


Anita: Well that’s it, isn’t it! Transforming the physical space of the library is definitely part of the plan – making the space open and flexible to facilitate collaboration and innovative learning practices. And making these changes to the physical environment is very tangible. But if that is all that the school does, then they have not created a learning commons.


What do they truly have to do? To start with, the transformation has to be a whole school approach. A learning commons can help schools implement the inquiry approach that has become ubiquitous in the Ontario Curriculum. The Ministry of Education is clearly interested in developing competencies for 21st century learners (they have a whole unit working on this!) and are promoting the SAMR model for technology integration. The school library learning commons model can be a powerful enabler for all of these ideas. Once that connection has been made, then the deeper possibilities can be realized.


Doug:  There have been a number of Learning Commons that have incorporated Maker Spaces as their latest area of innovation.  What does that look like and how can that enrich a school?


Anita: Maker spaces are another expression of inquiry learning, and isn’t that what we do in the library? Wonder, and explore. Many libraries in all sectors are setting up maker spaces. I think this is a great arrangement. When kids are “learning through tinkering” in the maker space as John Seely Brown would describe it, what better place to explore the deeper questions that arise than in the information and technology-rich library space. At the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2015, John Seely Brown talked about the library as “a new kind of design studio where content and context come to play. Where folks of any age can imagine, create, learn and innovate and a social space scaffolding all of the above.” I love the notion of the library as a creative space, knowing that creativity and inquiry are complementary facets of learning.


Doug:  One of the things that always amazed me was how you were aligned with the ICT side of the house in WRDSB.  I recall the day when both you and our buddy Ron recommended that we engage Doug Johnson to keynote the Western RCAC Symposium.  What made his presentation so successful and how can he and his work be used as a model for all teacher-librarians?


Anita: I’m a BIG Doug Johnson fan. He is so clear and so articulate, and he really cuts to the chase. He blends his deep and extensive knowledge of librarianship with his deep and extensive knowledge of technology for learning. He understands both the constraints and the possibilities of working in education systems from the point of view of a teacher and of an administrator. He demands best practice with no excuses at the same time as energizing us with the possibilities of rigorous thinking. And he’s funny. His Blue Skunk Blog is a must read. Teachers at the RCAC symposium understood him as a technology guru. The teacher-librarians in the crowd also knew him as a library guru. To me, it’s all part and parcel of the same thing. Learning with technology is a cornerstone of the school library program.


Doug:  The OSLA has long been a source of advocacy for Ontario Teacher-Librarians.  I recall fondly working through the “Together for Learning” document with my favourite teacher-librarian who explained many things to me.  What document would you recommend for a first read if someone was dipping into the OSLA repository?


Anita: Together for Learning is still a go-to read, and very relevant in today’s context. We’ve got a whole website (www.togetherforlearning.ca) where we are gathering and sharing ideas for implementing T4L’s philosophy. One of my upcoming spring and summer projects with Carol Koechlin (@infosmarts)  is a review and update to the website to keep it as the living document we always envisioned. I’ve mentioned Leading Learning (http://clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.html), and this is a must read. This is a standards document that is about growth and learning, and it can help schools in their journey to a learning commons in very tangible ways. Another project worth looking at is TALCO’s new digital citizenship resource (http://www.talcoontario.ca/digital-citizenship/), which takes a different but complementary approach to OSAPAC’s new digital citizenship project. And if you’re interested in the Ontario Library Association’s advocacy for all libraries, I’d be thrilled for you to read a column I wrote for our online magazine during my year as president (2014), Value, Influence, Positioning: Advocacy by a New Name.


Doug:  If you were in charge of placing a person in the Learning Commons as Teacher-Librarian, what attributes would you look for?


Anita: Well I seem to remember someone saying that you put the best teacher in the school in the library. And that’s a great way of thinking about it! A good teacher-librarian has to be a masterful teacher above all else. Learning in the library is cross-curricular and process-oriented. If you want to teach in the library you need to be driven by the learning process and be able to see the big picture and make connections. I would look for someone who is very good at sharing and coaching, and collaborating at all levels. I would look for someone who understands that the library is for everyone, and understands the library as a hub in the learning community. I would look for someone who is open-minded and non-judgemental. I would look for someone who is focused on learning over management – who always assesses the efficacy of library processes by the impact they have on learning. I would look for drive and enthusiasm that is directed at realizing the full potential of the library learning commons.


Doug:  Where does and can the Librarian Technician fit?


Anita: Library technicians have professional qualifications and have been through a two-year college program focused on all aspects of library management and services. Many school districts staff their secondary libraries with a teacher-librarian and a library technician, which is ideal. The library technician has expertise in running the library efficiently, managing collections, and providing good customer service. In those schools lucky enough to have both, the teacher-librarian can focus on their strengths – collaborative teaching of information literacy, research skills, etc., and rely on the library technician to take leadership in management tasks. Teacher-librarians do not have as much training in library collection management and cataloguing, and need the support of library technicians at the school and/or district level.


The reality in many districts (and this happens far more in elementary than in secondary) is that library technicians (or clerks, who have no formal qualifications) are being hired in the place of teacher-librarians. These are dedicated people who believe strongly in the role of the library. But they are not teachers, and cannot be expected to do the same things as teacher-librarians. The school system may have a good library service, but they don’t have an integrated learning program. And unfortunately, when the program devolves then understanding of the place of the library in learning devolves with it.


Doug:  10 years from now, what role do you see these Learning Commons areas playing in a school?


Anita: Wow! I’ll go back to John Seely Brown, who talks about the dispositions of entrepreneurial learning – curiosity, questing and connecting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a school system that is really focused on cultivating these dispositions and  learning how to learn. As for the library learning commons, I think the model has great capacity for helping to realize this dream and will still be very relevant. I can’t pin down what I think the library will look like, because a true learning commons is in constant beta, as colleague Carol Koechlin describes it. It’s about facilitating new ways to learn, and being responsive to the needs of the community. The sky’s the limit!


Doug:  Is it any different for secondary schools?


Anita: Teacher-librarianship in elementary and secondary is more similar than different. Elementary schools have been much harder hit by funding cuts and changes in staffing models than secondary schools have. I think it’s a tremendous shame, and devalues the needs of our youngest learners. It does put more onus on secondary teacher-librarians to take leadership in the profession.


Doug: I know that your interests go far beyond libraries.  Are you still a musician playing in an orchestra?

Anita: Yes, I am. I studied music very seriously, and as I mentioned, I taught instrumental music for many years. I can’t imagine my life without music-making. I play the clarinet in the Wellington Winds, which is a symphonic band. (we are in the process of changing our name to the Wellington Wind Symphony, which better describes what we are.) The Wellington Winds is one of the best ensembles of its type in the country, and I am very lucky to be playing with the group. I use my librarian competencies with this group too, managing all aspects of our web presence: the website and blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and our YouTube channel, where you can see us in performance.



Doug:  Does music have a place in today’s Learning Commons?


Anita: Absolutely! They are bound by creativity, and I would argue that musicianship is the ultimate in inquiry learning. I will take this opportunity to break the news about a new inquiry-based learning resource that the Wellington Winds is just now releasing. I worked on this project with two other Winds members, and I’m very proud of the results. It’s called Music in a Lifetime, and it is dedicated to helping students realize the role that music can play in their lives beyond high school. The resource is completely web-based, and integrates videos from our YouTube channel. Please check it out! www.musicinalifetime.ca.

Doug:  Thank you so much for the interview, Anita.  These days, we don’t cross paths as much as we used to but it’s always a pleasure to connect, even if it’s online.


Anita: I’m hoping to see you at Bring IT Together next November. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Doug. I can’t say how much I appreciate the mission that you have to connect Ontario’s educators and facilitate our ongoing collegial learning. You are one of my role models for a post-retirement career!


You can follow Anita on Twitter with the ID @AnitaBK and she blogs at:  http://www.bythebrooks.ca/

My Favourite Five

Like many people, I seem to live in a web browser these days.  So much information, so much to do.  I have nothing but admiration for the developers behind this genre of software.  They do an amazing job both in terms of functionality and in efforts to keep us safe online.

Oh, and productive too.

I would estimate that 90% of the time, I’m using the Firefox browser and the rest in Opera Next or Google Chrome.  They’re all such great pieces of software and yet they all are missing those certain somethings.  Fortunately, there are equally as terrific programmers creating addons/extensions to increase the functionality of the browser.  As I look at the collection that appear at the top of the screen, it can look like a holiday decoration!

Every time I install or reinstall a browser, there are certain go-to addons/extensions that I make sure are added.

Scribefire – This is my go-to blogging tool.  It has all of the blogging functionality that I’ve decided that I need.  Or, perhaps I’ve modified my needs to the functions that it provides.  Either way, for my current needs, it has it all.  I like that it easily schedules posts to go live at a particular time.  I also build for my “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” posts by storing content there and scheduling it for Friday.

Web of Trust – A good internet mantra is to “trust nobody” and the Web of Trust is one of my partners in making it happen.  With a simple red, yellow, or green icon next to links, coupled with some common sense, I try to avoid those dodgy websites.

AdBlock Plus – I started out using this like I think most people originally do.  It blocks the very annoying advertising that permeates the internet.  Some of the advertising can be more than just a bit annoying.  I’ve stuck with it because we have incredibly slow internet access here.  I’m constantly asked by my kids “how can you live like this?”  Removing the advertising is one way to speed things up.

Shareaholic – There was a time when I had different resources to share to Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper, Evernote, … It’s kind of interesting to sit back at times and think about where you share resources.  Shareaholic amalgamates them all into a single place.  Just right click on the resource to be saved/shared, choose your preferred destination, and you’re done.

LastPass – Their motto is “Simplify Your Life”.  Actually, it could be simpler.  Just use the same password for every service that you use.  That would also be one of the dumbest things to do.  Period.  LastPass not only does the heavy remembering for you – an account is remembered for any browser with this extension – but it will also generate complex passwords that get the nod of approval to those password security evaluation recommendations that you get when you create a password.

How’s that for a list?  I had to do some work to cut it back to just five and I feel badly that I’m looking at some other create addons at the top of the screen.

What are your favourites that make you and your browsing productivity experience so good?

We’re So Demanding

and that’s a good thing…

I still remember the meetings and planning for the end of the world.

I think that it was in the release of Window XP that Microsoft included versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper.  When we first got a computer with XP installed for evaluation, we couldn’t get away from it.  The cards, in Solitaire, were so incredibly well designed and displayed on the screen.  Plus, the animation at the end of the game when we won could keep us fascinated for hours.

But back to seriousness, we had to review the applications that would be installed on the image and then deployed to a system.  Do we include these games or not?  How would we ever get students on task?  Will teachers and administrators do their jobs or would they be aiming for high scores?  It was just a silly conversation.

What brought all this back to mind this morning was reading this story “The best blackjack apps for iPhone“.  Isn’t Blackjack just the game of 21?  That led me to wonder what’s happening in the Solitaire world.  “Solitaire Online”  Good gravy.  Have we lost our collective minds by taking awesome childhood games and putting them online?

Then the programming mind in me clicked in.  

“We just don’t create Solitaire.”  

“We create a better Solitaire experience.”

and we’re all the better for the great design and programming minds behind this.

Those of us who are long in the keyboard remember Visicalc.  In a world where we loudly proclaim “game changer”, this truly was a game changer.  It changed everything I ever thought I knew about marks recording, for example.  I could immediately sit with a student and do the math – “What if I don’t hand in this assignment?  How much would 100% on this test change my overall mark?”.  I even wrote an article about how to set up a gradebook in Visicalc.  Now, the basic premise is standard logic for many elementary school students.  Plus, they’ll create pie charts to visualize the results.  I couldn’t do that with the technology of the time.

Why is this important?

In a world of self-proclaimed life-long learners, how many are ready and prepared to throw out the old and embrace the new?  Pick any discipline and compare the start of the art today to how it was done even five years ago.  We are demanding, constantly pushing forward and it’s a good thing.  If you subscribe to the notion of a growth mindset, sit back and take a look around you right now.  Are you practising it with your deeds?

A couple of post scripts…

1)  You can still get Solitaire, Mindsweeper, and Hearts for Windows 8!  Get them here.

2)  Technology may not always get you where you need or want to be.  There’s more to playing games than playing the game.  Brandon Grasley visits the classics here.