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10 Serious Games From The ClarkChart

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The ClarkChart has been hailed as the IMDB of the Educational Simulation and Serious Game Industry. Created by renowned serious games pioneer and award winner author Clark Aldrich, the website is the fastest growing database of educational sims and serious games available on the market.

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Teaching Math with Mangahigh

Teaching Math with Mangahigh | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Mangahigh is a next generation online math resource for 7-16 year olds. It uses the power of video games to engage students and balance fun with learning. The site contains hundreds of fun quizzes and games along with powerful analytics tools that allow teachers to assess students’ progress.

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Games For Teaching Economics

Games For Teaching Economics | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

The technical frame behind airECONsim made it possible to create a second site very fast, offering shorter games for teaching economics. These games are free, ready to play and there is no registration. Teachers simply choose the game they want to run, enter the number of players and the game can start

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Social Learning for Science Education: Spongelab

Social Learning for Science Education: Spongelab | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

The field of educational technology has had the seemingly unending potential for producing passionate, enthusiastic individuals. No more so than partner and co-founder of the multi-award winning online interactive science platform, Spongelab, Jeremy Friedburg.  His development of this platform for exploring science content comes from his passion for game based and social learning, and the mantra ‘learning through play’.

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Simulating Blindness With BlindSide Game Based Learning App

Simulating Blindness With BlindSide Game Based Learning App | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

BlindSide is a PC, Mac and iPad based game designed to give both seeing and blind users the same gaming experience. Users are guided through the game with sounds and commands alone, using the screen only to move the characters. Character movements are also dictated through the user actually moving left or right, by standing or sitting in a swivel chair, and tapping the forward and backward buttons.

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MIT Game Lab's Phantomation Teaches Animation Skills

MIT Game Lab's Phantomation Teaches Animation Skills | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

MIT Game Lab’s education game, Phantomation, won Best of Show in the 2013 International Serious Play Awards competition. Phantomation is a game that sets out to teach players how to use animation tools in the animation program Play Sketch. Play Sketch is an animation tool that allows the user to create quick, simple animations. It also introduces a new animation feature called real time, which allows the user to record animations demonstratively without having to manually set keyframes.

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Zorbit's Math Adventure: Math Game for Preschoolers

Zorbit's Math Adventure: Math Game for Preschoolers | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

In Zorbit’s Math Adventure, a new app for iPad and iPhone, preschoolers help Zorbit and his colorful alien friends prepare for an intergalactic journey to Earth. Without any need for adult help, children learn all the math concepts they need to be ready for Kindergarten, entirely through story and play.

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Tynker for Home: Visual Programming Course for Elementary and Middle School Students

Tynker for Home: Visual Programming Course for Elementary and Middle School Students | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Tynker, a leading education startup that enables schools and teachers to help children develop programming skills and computational thinking using a visual approach, has announced the introduction of Tynker™ for Home. Tynker for Home follows the highly successful introduction of Tynker™ for Schools in April of this year. 

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Artistico: Combining Game Based Learning and Art

Artistico: Combining Game Based Learning and Art | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

PlayArt Labs, a developer of cultural-themed mobile games, has launched its first app Artistico, which is a game set in a world of visual art. PlayArt Labs created Artistico to entertain and stimulate cultural awareness as players progress through a series of fun and challenging puzzles across various ages of art history.

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The use of Game Based Learning (GBL) in MOOCs

The use of Game Based Learning (GBL) in MOOCs | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it
From two different perspectives, MOOCs and MMOGs, there is a confluence that could be observed by the gamification of the MOOCs (trend 1) and the massification of SG (trend 2), and the educational orientation of the MMOGs (trend 3).

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National STEM Video Game Challenge Names Competition Winners

National STEM Video Game Challenge Names Competition Winners | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media have announced the names of 16 middle school and high school students as the winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The competition aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games. The top original video games and game design concepts were selected in 14 categories from nearly 4000 entries.

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MindBlown Life Financial Literacy Skills Game Released

MindBlown Life Financial Literacy Skills Game Released | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

MindBlown Life, the financial literacy skills game has finally been released in Apple’s AppStore. The game combines strategy with life-simulation and real-time puzzle elements. Players make their virtual life into their own by creating a customizable avatar, choosing their career, and performing reflex-based mini-games at work to earn “Money,” “Skill,” and “Reputation” points. These points help them get promoted in their careers; move out of their parents’ houses; start their own businesses; and more. Players have to eat, sleep, and manage their finances adequately in their mindblown world.

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New Interactive Learning Game “Reach for the Sun” Debuts at PlayMaker School Event

New Interactive Learning Game “Reach for the Sun” Debuts at PlayMaker School Event | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Showcasing the Benefits of Game-Based Learning in its Newly Remodeled PlayMaker Adventure Room, GameDesk Connects Core Curriculum with an Interactive Learning Experience.

 

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Immersive 3D Experiences For Classrooms With WorldViz CornerCave Virtual Reality System

Immersive 3D Experiences For Classrooms With WorldViz CornerCave Virtual Reality System | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

WorldViz has released the CornerCave Virtual Reality (VR) system, which turns nearly any room into an immersive 3D experience theater. It fits in the corner of a conference or class room, requires practically no footprint, and can operate on one or two walls.

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I've seen some examples of an entire room being transformed into what almost looks like a holodeck. I believe it was PlayStation technology. 

Eugene Love's curator insight, July 19, 2014 12:31 PM

This article shows how VR could be economically integrated into a classroom using WorldViz technology. 

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Learning the Core Principles of Game Design with Gamestar Mechanic

Learning the Core Principles of Game Design with Gamestar Mechanic | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the core principles of game design. Created for 7 to 14 year olds, the platform features a powerful suite of game creation tools, enabling players to design original games through an easy-to-use, drag and drop interface. Game design provides an entertaining, exciting and empowering way for kids to learn important skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creative thought and ideation.

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Play-i Producing Robots That Kids Can Program

Play-i Producing Robots That Kids Can Program | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Play-i is creating a visual programming environment for its robots on touch devices for kids, that meets children at their level of cognitive ability and motor skills, starting as early as age five. Unlike other programming languages where children are first taught the syntax, Play-i focuses on learning through exploration, play and discovery.

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Launching Science Laboratories into the 21st Century: Labster

Launching Science Laboratories into the 21st Century: Labster | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Labster is an online laboratory simulator that allows students to perform experiments that in real life may be too costly, dangerous or time consuming to do in a school setting. It has been used by teachers to supplement science classes or to replace real-life experiments usually conducted in a physical lab. What makes Labster stand out is its use of game-based learning techniques and real-life scenarios in a virtual laboratory to stimulate student engagement and enhance learning outcomes.

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20 Serious Games For School

20 Serious Games For School | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Rather than being designed for entertainment, serious games are made with a specific objective in mind. In education, this includes games designed to teach students a specific set of skills or an important concept. Instead of simply placing users in a fantasy world, they are provided with real-life experiences and scenarios, making the learning that takes place within the game extremely relevant. These 20 serious games are some of the best examples of serious games that could easily be adapted for the classroom.

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Archaeology App for Students Turns Excavation Sites Into Interactive Puzzles

Archaeology App for Students Turns Excavation Sites Into Interactive Puzzles | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Dig-It! Games, an independent developer of educational, interactive games founded by a former archaeologist and middle school teacher, has launched Can U Dig It!, its latest free game app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that turns kids into archaeologists as they dig for ancient artifacts using logic and a little luck. The puzzle app virtually transports players 11 and older to excavation sites in Central America to carefully collect more than 40 historically accurate artifacts.

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Animal Dungeon: Wildlife Protection Game in Cooperation with WWF

Animal Dungeon: Wildlife Protection Game in Cooperation with WWF | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Appimize Studio unveils their first game developed in co-operation with WWF, called Animal Dungeon, which is about the capture and maltreatment of innocent animals by evil poachers hunting illegally in the wild, for ivory, for fur, or just for meat.

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Apps & Games to Help Teach Math and Money Management

Apps & Games to Help Teach Math and Money Management | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

While young children don’t have to worry too much about money management, it is something that they’re eventually going to need to understand by their teen and college years. Teaching them about managing money can make sure they understand the value of a dollar – even from an early age.

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JumpStart Launches Educational MMORPG School of Dragons

JumpStart Launches Educational MMORPG School of Dragons | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

JumpStart has launched its newest educational multiplayer online game, School of Dragons™. The game is based on DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon franchise, and is one of the first massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) to incorporate basic science educational features in its gameplay.

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GameSprout: Collaborative Game Design Platform

GameSprout: Collaborative Game Design Platform | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Jesse Schell’s new platform GameSprout, is dedicated to collaborative game design and has surpassed 1,000 members after only one month in Beta. GameSprout gives everyone the ability to participate in game design, making the game design process available and transparent to all. So far, the site has attracted over 180 unique game ideas, from users with varying levels of game design expertise.

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Designing Digitally Partners with Rutgers University to Develop a 3D Serious Game

Designing Digitally Partners with Rutgers University to Develop a 3D Serious Game | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

Serious game and simulation developer Designing Digitally, has partnered with Rutgers University (formerly The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), to design a serious game to teach and expose students to home assessment skills which are difficult to teach in traditional classroom formats.

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BrainBeat Launches Innovative "Brain Training" for Kids

BrainBeat Launches Innovative "Brain Training" for Kids | Play Serious Games | Scoop.it

BrainBeat Conquer is a new computer-based cognitive trainer with advanced gaming technology that is scientifically proven to improve kids’ focus through fun, interactive exercises. BrainBeat challenges kids ages six through 12 to self-train their brain by clapping in time with a fixed beat while they conquer different animated worlds.

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