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5 Things Video Games Do Better Than Any Other Forms of Art

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Winston Rowntree:  "What the hell can games do that books and interpretive dance can't? A lot, it turns out."


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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, June 23, 2013 1:17 PM

Ce dessin illustre la notion d'"expérience utilisateur" !

OomphMediaGarage's curator insight, June 23, 2013 10:03 PM

Gaming is a great way to experience a story in a variety of ways, often choosing the story you would like to experience based on a set of given boundaries. Kind of like a choose your own adventure book, but typically with better graphics. that is not to say, however, that gaming replaces books, performance art, theatre, etc. Convergence isn't replacement.

malek's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:12 PM

Step Outside the Narrative, true.

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Jan L. Plass: NYU Helps Launch Groundbreaking Games Alliance ~ PRNewswire

Jan L. Plass: NYU Helps Launch Groundbreaking Games Alliance ~ PRNewswire | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

"NEW YORKJuly 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering announced today that Katherine Isbister, an associate professor of computer science, director of the school's Game Innovation Lab, and a member of the faculty of the NYU Game Center of the Tisch School of the Arts, has become a founding member of the executive board of The Higher Education Video Game Alliance. Fellow NYU Professor Jan L. Plass, of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and co-director of the Games for Learning Institute, will become a charter member of the group, and other members of NYU'sMedia and Games Network (MAGNET) are expected to become major participants in the alliance's activities.



"Launched today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the alliance will provide a platform for leading academics to showcase the critical role video game programs are playing in educating and preparing students for the 21st century workforce. The group will afford its members, including professors and other campus leadership, an opportunity to share and highlight best practices, publish research, initiate and strengthen industry connections, educate, and engage policymakers and the media."


For more information and a full list of charter members, go to www.higheredgames.org or follow the alliance on Twitter @HigherEdGames.

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The Global Teacher Prize » The Global Teacher Prize

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from the website


$1 MILLION PRIZE TO THE WINNER


The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. If you’re a teacher, you can apply today. If you know a teacher who deserves to win the Global Teacher Prize, you can nominate a teacher.

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Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games ~ Mind/Shift

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games ~ Mind/Shift | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Tanner Higgin


"Summer break presents the perfect opportunity for students to dig into games and build skills that'll reap huge rewards when they return in the fall. Game making can be one of the best ways to get students thinking creatively while cultivating useful technical literacies, and there's a ton of absorbing tools that students won't tire of over the long break. Here are three options to choose from depending on the type of technology students have at home."

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Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level

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”The days of video games being restricted to an after-school activity are quickly becoming numbered, as teachers continue to find fresh applications for game-based learning.

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Shufflecomp: More, Cryptophasia ~ Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling

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by Emily Short


REVIEWS OF 2 NEW GAMES


"More is a Shufflecomp game, based on a whole big batch of different songs. Structurally it reminded me quite a bit of Tea and Toast: both pieces give the player a task to perform in the foreground while simultaneously providing a slow drip of memories about a lover. It’s a way to get memory and emotion and interpersonal relationships into a parser game where all the main verbs are about picking up and moving objects. Not a trick that would work across the duration of a long game, but for both of these it works fine, I think.


"Cryptophasia is about a baker in a voiceless future space-faring society which dedicates a lot of its time to ASMR (short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) videos — a whole genre of videos in which people tap things, rustle things, and whisper or speak softly to the viewer in order to trigger a physiological response. Even for people who don’t get the tingling head ASMR response (not everyone does), they’re often very relaxing — which is why it’s possible for a 20-minute video of someone folding towels or tapping fake nails on a wooden box to have hundreds of thousands of views. A few ASMR videos have a plot, but that’s not really the point."

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How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment ~ Edutopia

How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment ~ Edutopia | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by C. Ross Flatt


"In Galactic Mappers, a social studies game about physical geography, students compete in teams to create the most geographically diverse continent in a shared hemisphere. This group mapping project encourages students to collaborate, design, iterate, and present a finished product in a single class period."


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"The (social studies) game's afoot! Sixth grade history teacher, C. Ross Flatt, knows his game-based learning--especially when it comes to quick assessment and feedback. In this recent Edutopia article, Flatt describes how he uses physical geography game, Galactic Mappers, to engage students while embedding assessment to better support the learning process. (Want to dig deeper into gaming in K-12? Check out Mindshift's Guide to Games and Learning. EdSurge has one, too!)"

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9 Techniques For Online Educators To Gamify Their Digital Classrooms ~ eLearning Industry

9 Techniques For Online Educators To Gamify Their Digital Classrooms ~ eLearning Industry | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it
Involve and motivate your students into the process of online learning with the help of gamification. Check what gamification is, and what gamification techniques you can use as online educator to make your digital classroom more interesting for your online students. Check the following 9 techniques that will help you gamify your digital classroom.
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Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game

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Deadway is a language-learning classroom role-playing game about rebuilding hope in a post-apocalyptic world. In this game your students will band together in small groups to forge a new society in...

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Judith Morais's curator insight, April 25, 6:37 AM

Writing of course is just one of many authentic skills developed in these type of game based activities. 

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Let's Get Serious About Video Games ~ Forbes

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by Jordan Shapiro


"The 11th Annual Games For Change festival took place in New York City as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Games For Change is a different kind of video game festival, one where video games that aim to implement social change take center stage. So-called “serious games” and “social impact games” are the focus..."


"Each year, I go to Games For Change because it is the place where game developers that are truly pushing the boundaries of video games showcase their work. At the festival, we see games that reimagine the act of gaming–what can it do? What can it mean? We see games that think critically about learning, teaching, playing, and storytelling.

This year’s big award winner was Lucas Pope’s “Papers Please,” a game that also ranked first in Forbes’ Top 5 Indie Games of 2013.".

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New Learning Times : Article MakerState

New Learning Times : Article MakerState | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by kate Meersschaert


"Steeped in the tenets of game-based, mastery learning, MakerState provides immersive, project-based, after-school STEAM learning opportunities for you." 

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The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning | TeachThought

The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning | TeachThought | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning

 

Gamification and game-based learning are each buzzwords (and buzzphrases) in education. Each can offer your classroom something, but many mistake one for the other.

 

Can you tell the difference?


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 4, 7:10 PM

This article helps with the clarification and application of each approach in your teaching and learning environments.

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Escape To Morrow: Minecraft as a Game Design Engine for Students ~ edWeb

Escape To Morrow: Minecraft as a Game Design Engine for Students ~ edWeb | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it
Thursday, April 24, 2014  -- FREE


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) Show in My Timezone
Presented by Marianne Malmstrom (aka Knowclue), 
Cognitive Architect at The Elisabeth Morrow School in NJ

Minecraft is a little indie game that has taken the world by storm and has many wondering why children seem to be "obsessed" with this game.  Given the enthusiasm surrounding this game, it is no surprise that educators are exploring ways to bring Minecraft into the classroom. Join us for our community’s next webinar to learn what happens when students are given the opportunity to design within a platform they love. Marianne Malmstrom, Cognitive Architect at The Elisabeth Morrow School in NJ, will share how play, agency, and autonomy can be leveraged with Minecraft to create learning spaces that are dynamic and relevant.  She will show us how learning is naturally embedded in Minecraft game play and how children playing in this space are engaged in a highly sophisticated mode of learning that taps into creativity, collaboration, design thinking, and problem solving.  Hear about the series of Minecraft challenges that were created for the students at Marianne’s school - including “Escape To Morrow,” an original Minecraft game which took the collaborative effort of students spanning grades 3-6 over one year to create. Join Marianne on April 24th to learn how to start using Minecraft as a game design engine with your students.
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- Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning ~ Tech & Learning

- Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning ~ Tech & Learning | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by David Kapuler


"Below I've curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game-Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).  The resources vary from drill and practice to all-out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help "gamify" a classroom.   I hope you enjoy exploring this list as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Entries are in alphabetical order."


- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7344#sthash.SYSsHfGp.dpuf

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Games, Learning and Society: Social and Emotional Learning ~My Thoughts......

Games, Learning and Society: Social and Emotional Learning ~My Thoughts...... | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Donelle Batty


"After watching my students play Minecraft for the past few years, it has become obvious to me that they gain so much from game play. It provides a space for them to connect, to be and to grow as young men and women. It completely delights me when I hear how supportive they are of other players, taking on roles of mentors, community builders and leaders. Demonstrating in each instance behaviours that are often not openly captured easily in face to face interactions by their teacher or other significant adults. Behaviours that identify strong values and beliefs around equity, fairness, trust and acceptance of difference.


"Having opportunity to watch without impacting on their game play is truly remarkable. We have a dynmap (dynamic map, a map of the Minecraft server worlds that shows where they are and their in-game conversations) set up so I can do this without interrupting their play, without impacting with my presence. They are all aware that I use it to watch, and I do say hi, as I believe it is important that they know I’m around. By using the dynmap it just means I’m not physically appearing in the game, so their play is not impeded by me. This vantage point has enabled me to see the value games have in a learning context with regard to self esteem building, negotiating ones way around social interactions and building resilience. As a result of this, I was particularly interested in attending the paper presentations on Social/Emotional Skills."

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HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest

HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Kay Alexander


"Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.


Key Takeaway

"Google Educator Groups are essentially personal learning networks (PLN) that use Google+ as its backbone. The local GEGs are organized by volunteers and entirely independent from Google.


"At launch there are 51 GEGs across the world with USA, Romania and the Czech Republic having the most local groups established. GEGs offer different activities to learn and share with like minded educators. Teachers connect online via discussions and Hangouts or in the real world through meetups, workshops and other events."

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A "SIMPLE" Approach to Learning Games

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There are 6 components of gamification that are necessary to drive engagement. You can use the acronym SIMPLE to remember them.

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Games, Gamification and the Quest for Engagement:

Presentation provides information on how to engage learners using elements of games. It provides an example of the elements in action.
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Can Video Games Teach Your Child to Be a Better Person? ~ Yahoo! Tech

Can Video Games Teach Your Child to Be a Better Person? ~ Yahoo! Tech | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Dan Tynans


"I found him parked in front of his Xbox, playing Grand Theft Auto IV. Rather than embed lessons inside the plot of a role-playing game, The Social Express uses brief webisodes that target specific situations and model appropriate behavior, CEO Marc Zimmerman says."

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Games in the Mathematics Classrooms: There’s an App for That! ~ Edutopia

Games in the Mathematics Classrooms: There’s an App for That! ~ Edutopia | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

by Patrick Feeney


"Last month, the Institute of Play released a 160-page whitepaper on successfully designing and implementing video games as classroom assessment tools. It is widely hoped that the Institute's study, along withfurther research by SRI, will prove conclusively that cognitive skills are significantly improved by playing educational video games. This was not news to the math education community, which has known about the benefits of games in the classroom for a long time. Back in 2004, a study by Tisa Lach and Lynae Sakshaug had already shown that middle school students made significant improvements in algebraic reasoning, spatial sense, and problem-solving abilities after playing biweekly sessions of popular tabletop games such as Connect Four, Mastermind, Rush Hour, and Guess Who."

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EdGamer 136: Minecraft with John Keilman of the Chicago Tribune - YouTube

John Keilamn is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. We are meeting with him today to discuss his wonderful article on Minecraft."


streamed live on May 10,2014

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Serious Game Evaluation Worksheet (Free Download) - knowledge GURU

Serious Game Evaluation Worksheet (Free Download) - knowledge GURU | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

By Sharon Boller


"We’ve put together a template for you to download so you can do your own game evaluations. It includes a quick sample analysis of Knowledge Guru as well as a blank sheet for you to copy and use as you evaluate many different games. Here’s a few games to consider analyzing:"

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Video: EA Founder Trip Hawkins Talks Social Emotional Learning in Gaming

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"EA and EA Sports founder Trip Hawkins shares what he s been up to in education and gaming."


video posted 4/29/14

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The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE

The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it

"We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

"We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

"The first three days of the event will have evening (US Time) keynote speakers. The final two days of the conference will include as well a full set of traditional conference sessions during the day.


"The conference will be held in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE event designed to foster conversations about learning from often-separate fields: school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home education.


"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Learning Revolution network. You do not need to join this network to attend, but doing so will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions."

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Implementing a Multiplayer Classroom: Results from Designing a Class as a Game ~ edWeb

Implementing a Multiplayer Classroom: Results from Designing a Class as a Game ~ edWeb | Serious-Minded Games | Scoop.it
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 -- FREE


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) Show in My Timezone
Presented by 
Andy Petroski, Director and Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies, 
Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

The multiplayer classroom is a technique to incorporate game elements into course design. The course is the game!  The multiplayer classroom movement started in 2010 with Lee Sheldon, who was a professor at Indiana University at the time.  Professor Sheldon's pursuit of integrating a game experience into the classroom resulted in a book, The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game, which has guided hundreds of educators to design their courses as games.  In our community’s next webinar, Andy Petroski will share his experience with a recent course re-design from a standard format to a multiplayer classroom format.  Andy also will present an analysis of student feedback as well as other case studies beyond his own course re-design.  Join us on May 21st to learn about experiences with implementing the multiplayer classroom.
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Play as Professional Development (Gaming)~ edWeb

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 -- FREE


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Presented by Kae Novak, Chair for ISTE SIG Virtual Environments and project lead and designer for the Games MOOC, and Instructional Designer for Student Engagement and Assessment at Front Range Community College; with Chris Luchs, Associate Dean for Career Technical Education in the Colorado Community College System
Do you play games? Maybe Bejeweled, Candy Crush, or even Fruit Ninja? Is it your guilty little pleasure? It doesn’t have to be – play and games can be an integral part of your professional development. In our community’s next webinar, Kae Novak and Chris Luchs will tell us about an online community of global educators who game and network across multiple platforms.  They will illustrate several projects and collaborations the educators have engaged in as well as upcoming opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and events.  Kae and Chris also will share about “Inevitable Instructors,” weekly webinars in World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and other MMORPGs.  We’ll also hear about the concept of the metagame, online spaces where learning happens outside the game. Gamers worldwide participate in metagames where tacit knowledge is converted into explicit knowledge through live-streaming gameplay, videos, discussion boards, elaborate tutorials, and probability simulations known as theorycraft.  Join Kae and Chris on March 25th to learn about play as professional development.
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