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Gamasutra: Brandon Bozzi's Blog - How Your Game Can Change the World - Part III

Gamasutra: Brandon Bozzi's Blog - How Your Game Can Change the World - Part III | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
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This Hacked Nintendo Game Turned Me Into a White Guy and Asked Me to Kill N***ers

This Hacked Nintendo Game Turned Me Into a White Guy and Asked Me to Kill N***ers | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
I played a game over the weekend that changed me into an Asian person. And then a white person. One time I stayed black. That was good, I guess. Except for having to kill the "wetbacks." Yeah, Race Warriors made me feel pretty terrible.
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Google's "Develop for Good" hackathon winners tackle environment, human rights

Google's "Develop for Good" hackathon winners tackle environment, human rights | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Google held a "Develop for Good" hackathon for developers surrounding the company's June I/O conference, allowing developer groups using Google products to tackle a variety of projects related to human rights, the environment, and politics.
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Child's Play: Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games - WSJ.com

Child's Play: Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games - WSJ.com | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
U.S. snack food companies are reaching children by embedding their products in simple and enticing games for touch-screen phones and tablets, demonstrating how new technology is changing U.S. commerce.
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Can videogames really be used for social change?

Can videogames really be used for social change? | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Things don't go brilliantly on my first attempt at MTV's online videogame Darfur is Dying.
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The Complicated Truth Behind Games That Want To Change The World

The Complicated Truth Behind Games That Want To Change The World | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
If you listen closely to those who advocate for games as a worthwhile medium, you can sense the hope that games will change the world.
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Learn Code, Get Hired: Treehouse Offers Free Courses To Another 5,000 College Students | TechCrunch

Learn Code, Get Hired: Treehouse Offers Free Courses To Another 5,000 College Students | TechCrunch | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Quick to grow its user base and revenues, last month Treehouse decided to give back to its community by doling out $3 million-worth of free tech education to 2,500 college students.

The scholarship received so much that it had to turn students away.
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Timbuktu Is A Terrific Learning App For Kids With A Very Bad Pay Wall -- AppAdvice

Timbuktu Is A Terrific Learning App For Kids With A Very Bad Pay Wall -- AppAdvice | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Kids will absolutely love Timbuktu for iPad. Parents, perhaps not so much.
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Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom

Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone.
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Research Says Parents And Kids Should Play Video Games Together

Research Says Parents And Kids Should Play Video Games Together | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Two studies look at the benefits of intergenerational video game play. Both found that playing video games with your kids has a positive impact on adolescent development and long-term family outcomes.
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ClassDojo launches its first mobile app to help teachers bring order to their classrooms

ClassDojo launches its first mobile app to help teachers bring order to their classrooms | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
ClassDojo, the behavior management platform for the education sector, has launched its first native mobile app (iOS) to help teachers bring order to their classrooms.

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5 Fun Games With a Higher Purpose

5 Fun Games With a Higher Purpose | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Think games are only good for fun and distraction, absent of societal impact or deeper meaning? Not so fast.
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Ken Eklund on Crowdsourcing the Future of Education with Games | Games for Change

Ken Eklund on Crowdsourcing the Future of Education with Games | Games for Change | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Josh Spiro interviews Ken Eklund, the game designer behind Ed Zed Omega.
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Why Spellcraft: School Of Magic Is Not A MMO My Son Will Be Playing Again | App Reviews | App Chronicles

Why Spellcraft: School Of Magic Is Not A MMO My Son Will Be Playing Again | App Reviews | App Chronicles | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
My son loves playing games on his iPod Touch. Usually, he's into single-player racing games, puzzle games, and platform games.
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John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game | Video on TED.com

TED Talks John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them.
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Brainy Gamer: Crafting wonder

Brainy Gamer: Crafting wonder | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Players and critics are hardwired to classify. We obsessively index and categorize the games we play, relying on their mechanical properties (platformer, RTS, FPS, etc.) to communicate their essential characteristics.
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IT classes: Pupils need more than just coding skills - Telegraph

IT classes: Pupils need more than just coding skills - Telegraph | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
Plans to reform IT classes in schools are welcome and overdue – but we need to go further than simply teaching children how to write code, says computer scientist Tom Crick.
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What to Keep in Mind When Developing Games for the Classroom ...

What to Keep in Mind When Developing Games for the Classroom ... | Gaming for Social Good | Scoop.it
In my first report I discussed the importance of transfer when making a video game for education. Here is the second rule. 2) Don't spoon feed game play. The best educational games are open. There's a game design rule that ...
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