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Tanner H.
Director, Education Editorial Strategy Common Sense Education
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About Me

Tanner is Director, Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education where he leads the editorial team responsible for edtech reviews and resources. Previously, he taught writing and media literacy for six years, and has a PhD from the University of California, Riverside. His research on video games and culture has been published in journals, books, and online, presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to be cited and taught in classes around the world. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Tanner worked as a curriculum developer and researcher at GameDesk, helping to design and launch Educade.org and the PlayMaker School. While at GameDesk, he co-designed the United Colonies alternate reality game (ARG) with Mike Minadeo. This ARG is to date one of the most sophisticated to be implemented in a K-12 environment. Outside of education, Tanner has been a Technical Writer-Editor for the Department of Defense, a web designer, and co-editor and co-creator of a print literary journal.

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#STEMchallenge Lesson Flows
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My Lesson Plans

On the Campaign Trail: Writing and Audience
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade 9 – 12
6 steps
July 15, 2014
Blogging with a Game-based Vocabulary Boost
English Language Arts
Grade 6 – 8
4 steps
July 10, 2014

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My Blog Posts

Why the Movie "Eighth Grade" Is Great for Digital Citizenship
posted on December 3, 2018
Start a conversation about social media and identity with this relatable film.
4 Fresh Approaches to Coding in the Classroom
posted on December 3, 2018
Check out these inspiring spins on learning to code.
5 Must-Have Google Search Tips for Students
posted on November 6, 2018
Is Google OK for formal research? Sure ... if you know how to use it.
How Mock Elections Can Help Students Write for Different Audiences
posted on October 9, 2018
Show students the real impact of writing during this contentious election season.
Using Video Effectively in the Classroom
posted on August 16, 2018
Getting students to tune in through active and reactive viewing of video.
Kick Off the School Year with Interest-Driven Projects
posted on July 24, 2018
Make the most of students' summer experiences with this must-do back-to-school activity.
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My Editorial Reviews

Turn Off the Lights
Handy, lightweight tool helps students focus on video
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Momento GIF Maker & Creator
Slick GIF creator is easy to use but a bit slow
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PicsArt Animator - GIF & Video
Nonintuitive animation tool could pay off with practice
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Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt
Popular game's education mode offers stunning view of ancient world
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What Remains of Edith Finch
Inventive narrative game about a family curse fits into ELA classrooms
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Chrome extension helps teachers quickly comment on student writing
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