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Microtransactions: The True Cost

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What are ‘microtransactions’ anyway? Microtransactions are essentially small transactions. They are the equivalent of paying two dollars for a cheeseburger. Two dollars is pocket change for most people and when you want a snack – two dollars is worthwhile for a burger. In terms of media and video gaming, microtransactions are an issue which have […]

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Newsletter

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Newsletter This month’s Newsletter has just been sent out to all subscribers and users. If you want to be kept up to date with upcoming posts then follow The Write Stuff. Or perhaps, you want a summary of all recent posts. Maybe you want the bonus post which comes with each newsletter? All of this is only […]

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Teasing Teasers and DLC: The Dangers of Media Capitalism

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Modern Media Capitalism Media capitalism has steadily increased its drain on the video game and film industries. While money-making exercises have existed for decades in the media industry, today’s media capitalism displays increasing signs of vacuousness. And keen-eyed consumers are worried about what this means for the future of media content consumption. This post is […]

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September’s Newsletter

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An October Update Good morning everyone, this is a brief update to apologise for not posting across the last two weeks due to a holiday break. However, the schedule for October is full and promising for regular readers! Later today all subscribers and users will receive the Newsletter highlighting all articles from September. This Newsletter […]

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Thinking Education: Zoom In

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Zoom In is a thinking routine which can be used for any image a teacher wants to draw particular attention to. For example if a teacher is teaching a History lesson and wanted to highlight the horrors of racism in the past. They may use an image in which smiling members of the public belittled others. […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Metaphors and Similes

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Metaphor and simile: What is the difference? Technically speaking, the most common difference between metaphors and similes are described as this: metaphors state that an object is something it is not (i.e. the man was a ferocious tiger) while similes state that an object is similar to or like an object it is not (i.e. […]

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Textbook Interview: Thinking Education

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Thinking Education

Textbook Use and Education One elementary aim of education  is to promote student’ thinking. Developing their abilities to delve further and deeper into new and pre-existing ideas. Curiosity, and the notion that everything can and should be challenged is an essential aspect of education. The use of a textbook, should assist in this aim. Walt […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Character Development

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Character Development Through Archetypes In a previous post, the idea of character archetypes was briefly discussed with the use of a character archetype wheel. These character archetypes are the roles that characters typically fall into as seen in the following detailed wheel: The problem with simply following character archetypes, however, is that many characters do […]

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Thinking Education – An Introduction

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Thinking Education

Introduction – Thinking Education Another series of blog posts will begin to run simultaneously with our review categories, technical writing advice, and story drafting. This series is named ‘Thinking Education’ because it gets to the heart of what education aims to develop: thinking. Thinking Education aims to explore are some practical thinking activities. As well […]

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Let’s Get Technical: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Adjectives and Adverbs The most common complaint or issue that authors have when it regards adjectives and adverbs is their overuse. Overusing adjectives or adverbs can lead to a form of ‘telling’ writing in which the writer is ‘pigeon holing’ the reader into their world. Look for example at the following sentence: The dark blue […]