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What's it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains.

What's it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains. | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Non-gamers love to stereotype the world of competitive gaming. But what's it really like? We asked a former competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee player to tell us her story.
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History grads find future in video game design

History grads find future in video game design | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Classically trained historians are carving out new careers as cutting edge video game designers.
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Are you YOU in video games?

Are you YOU in video games? | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
blog, gaming, blended gaming, characters, persona, identity, Guild Wars 2, civic, youth
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Who is really behind that character in the game you're playing? Check out the comments in this blog entry to find out a little about the players and how they connect to their characters, or don't connect!

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Cosplayers confront sexism in character

Cosplayers confront sexism in character | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
In full superhero mode, cosplayer Elizabeth Schweizer launched a photo initiative to illustrate the "importance of treating of cosplayers with respect." 
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An article related to my recent blog post. 

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Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series)

Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series) | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Game-based learning scholar Kurt Squire explores how leveraging young people's interest in gaming could encourage greater youth community involvement and deeper connections to civic and political life.
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Video about how video games can promote/provoke youth to think more critically about their world outside video games, become involved in their communitites in different ways and also about education and its role with this process. 

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Serious Games And The Future Of Education

Serious Games And The Future Of Education | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Are serious games the classroom tool of the future? Is the future already here?
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Calling for a change in how education in schools happens directly related to new technologies. Also an interesting use of serious games- what are they? What makes them serious? Who is serious about them? etc...

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Constance Steinkuehler

Constance Steinkuehler | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
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Prof at Wisconsin U doing lots of research and teaching about the pluses and minuses of video games, learning and youth culture! THis link is to her blog which includes links to her courses, her research lab and the UW-Madison Games+Learning+Society program. 

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Level Up: Video Games Are The New Educational Hack

Level Up: Video Games Are The New Educational Hack | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
National design competitions and penguin avatars are helping youth see success in math, coding and computational thinking.
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How video games are creating spaces for students to be creative, engaged with game design and learn STEM subjects. The last line is particularly interesting- the author writes about how children who are born into screen culture can use gaming to improve in STEM subject areas...I would like to see how these kinds of strategies and contests could go beyond STEM.

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The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
From last year's ISTE talk by Adam Bellow that's making the rounds again: The new "F" word is Fear. Fear of using technology in schools, in the hands of kids. Here's why that should change.
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These rules are for technology in general. I am curious as to the similarities in the "rules" that would be created for video games. Three descriptors of how technology should be incorporated into schools, taken from the article are: ubiquitous, necessary and invisible. When one considers video games, what words should/could be used? Ubiquitous seems to fit some students' experiences, but not all. Is it fair to generalize about all technological devices? 

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But WHAT CAN BE DONE: dos and don'ts to combat online sexism

But WHAT CAN BE DONE: dos and don'ts to combat online sexism | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: After publishing Brianna Wu's excellent opinion piece on the level of harassment women have to deal with in the game industry earlier this week, we received a lot of feedback. One...
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Korean StarCraft II player recognized as pro-athlete by the U.S. - Your Community

Korean StarCraft II player recognized as pro-athlete by the U.S. - Your Community | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
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Video game player as an athlete... what does that mean? Short answer he gets into the USA on a visa for five years. Long answer- how does one's skill in-game become recognized IRL and get an "athlete" label? What other labels could be used?

 

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The women of cosplay speak up: the creepiest thing they’ve heard while in costume | Beutiful Magazine Online

The women of cosplay speak up: the creepiest thing they’ve heard while in costume | Beutiful Magazine Online | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
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The first article mentioned in my recent blog on sexism in video games and out of video games.

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Social Gaming?

Social Gaming? | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
A short blog on the idea that adding social aspects to MMO gaming can enhance the game play experience.
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Blended Gaming Website blog post. :)

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Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage!

Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
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This MOOC has finished but perhaps they'll do another one. It would be good to check out the gamemooc chat hashtag once it starts again at the end of October. 

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CUNY Games Network | Educators coming together to explore how the principles of games promote learning

CUNY Games Network | Educators coming together to explore how the principles of games promote learning | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
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Seems like an excellent blog for us to keep checking into. They're doing some similar work to us. A good resource. 

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Education and video games are no longer enemies

Education and video games are no longer enemies | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
People who worried that the technology boom would lead to kids playing video games in class were right.
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Teachers using commerical video games in class to enrich student learning and increase engagement. 

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Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom

Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Valve By Andrew Miller Video game company Valve is going deep into the education world with a new initiative using Steam, their free online game pla
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For those people often asking which games exactly should I be using with each particular subject I teach...here's a suggestion- Portal! Ideas for subject-specific activities are listed as well as how to add your own. 

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How To Fix the Tech Gender Gap: Make Girls Play Video Games

How To Fix the Tech Gender Gap: Make Girls Play Video Games | Blended Gaming | Scoop.it
Read more from Slate's special issue on science education and give us your best ideas for raising the next generation of scientists and engineers.
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An interesting way to attrack employees- want a job? Play more games! 

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