Category Archives: Resources

Virtual Worlds Snapshot

Doing another class on virtual worlds–including but not limited to Second Life, and using the Second Life 2.0 viewer live for the first time!  We’re going to explore a snapshot of how people look @ virtual worlds, from the perspective of Second Life to organizations such as the Association of Virtual Worlds to Hypergrid Business, […]

Educational Gaming Workshop @ SEU

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about ed gaming on the blog, but it’s time I got caught up.  There’s been a lot of work done on ed gaming (not to mention we released the Plato sim this semester).  However, I’d like to share resources from a recent workshop that I delivered to faculty […]

Games & Civic Awareness – a compilation

Next week I’ll be doing a short, hands-on workshop for faculty here @ SEU on applications of educational games.  The focus of this workshop is to present faculty with different types of persuasive games that may help promote civic awareness as well as an awareness of social and political processes in a variety of areas. […]

Games 4 Change

So, as a follow-on to a workshop last week, and in preparation for an upcoming workshop I thought I’d share a few thoughts about more games in this “Persuasive Games” genre that are highlighted by the website, Games For Change (G4C)–their motto: “Real world games, real world impact”.  G4C was created in 2004 and is […]

Validity & learning

Should classes use these games as teaching & learning tools?  How we know that game content is relevant to learning, or even valid?  Personally, I defer to the experts.  I think it’s up to both the students and the professor of the class to validate the content of media-supported content.  In many ways, games that […]

Gaming “Beyond Edutainment”

I’d like to share my thoughts on a dissertation I’ve recently run across on educational gaming titled “Beyond Edutainment Exploring the Educational Potential of Computer Games” (Simon, E.-N. (2005). Beyond Edutainment. IT-University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.).  Although a comprehensive review is beyond the scope of this blog, I think this dissertation offers an incredibly useful and […]

Test your knowledge, donate rice!

In my recent search for cheap (or free) educational games, I ran across an interesting concept by Freerice.com.  This organization works with sponsors like the UN World Food programme to donate rice to people around the world.  The site basically presents questions to test your understanding of vocabulary by presenting words in a way that […]

Math is exciting? Really?

If you’re a kid who’s played one of the math games offered by Tabula Digita’s DimensionM series, you might think so.  I learned about DimensionM from the recent 2009 NMC Summer Conference in Monterey (thanks to Bryan from NITLE!).  As part of my survey of the educational gaming landscape, I downloaded & played a couple […]

Plato & Second Life — beta

Last semester I was asked by a philosophy professor here @ SEU if I could build what will be SEU’s first Sim Second Life.  Of course, I said “yes!”–after which time I decided to figure out how to build what was asked.  As it turns out he wanted a recreation of Plato’s Allegory of the […]

Presentation on Virtual Worlds & Second Life

Whether or not you’re a part of the class that I’m teaching on Virtual Worlds & Second Life, feel free to take a look at compilation of links that provide an Introduction to Virtual Worlds.  From Sun Microsystem’s Darkstar & Project Wonderland initatives to Second Health simulations in Second Life, this pdf and the corresponding […]

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