Tag Archives: Learning

The Cost of Life

Ayiti, the Cost of Life is a game created by high school students in the Global Kids (Digital Kids Media Initiative Program), in partnership with developers from Gamelab (and supported by Microsoft’s partners in learning initiative, btw).  The game is hosted through Unicef, who also provided background on support for youth and education in Haiti, […]

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 […]

To game or not to game?

Most of the recent posts have focused exclusively on Second Life and virtual worlds.  However, I’d like to turn my attention towards another, albeit related platform–educational gaming.  One of the most interesting aspects about gaming is its interdisciplinary nature.  From the complex cross-section of skills needed to design an educational game, to the cross-section of […]

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 […]

Second Life – a general primer

One resource that may be helpful for educators interested in Second Life is to take a look at Educause’s “7 things you should know about Second Life”. This straightforward view of the impact of Second Life for educators is succinct and presents both advantages as well as disadvantages of the environment. Another item of interest […]

Interactivity & Educational Sims

Given the rich array of resources to educator’s in Second Life (SL), I realized that some people may benefit from some pointers about ‘how’ someone can interact in SL.  Although Linden Labs offers tutorials on a range of general topics in SL, I wanted to help people see how interaction tends to work in the […]

Second Life SLurl’s

If you’re interested in visiting some interesting educational sims, SL has a handy way of referencing their addresses. Since access to SL is done via installing an application on your computer, it isn’t a web browser in the traditional sense of the term. Web browsing is possible with the SL client however, and locations within […]

Educational Resources for SL

Educators looking to get into Second Life may want to check out the .pdf, “An Introduction to Second Life for Educators” by Beth Knittle. It’s a great general overview of what educators can expect out of Second Life. Another great resource is the New Media Consortium (NMC)’s SL resources page. If your campus is a […]

Second Life, Educators, & Virtual Worlds

I’ve recently had the opportunity to help a faculty member and her course with Second Life. As a result, I’ve decided to take the opportunity to compile some resources that might be helpful for folks looking to get started using Second Life as an educational tool. There are plenty of educational resources in the way […]

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