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John Pearce

Concepts in Game Development (GamesDev) | Open2Study - 3 views

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    "There are lots of different skills that go into game development. This course is about key technical concepts in game development, and has been developed for people of many different backgrounds and skills. Some programming experience would be nice but is not required. We start by looking at the central role of game design and common development processes used in the industry. You will see how game software can be broken into parts that work together, and in particular the idea of game engines. We'll explore the relationship between game design, balance and player experience. Lastly we'll look at enhancing player experience though the use of AI techniques."
John Pearce

Minecraft or MinecraftEdu at School? Pros, Cons, and What it's Great For | graphite Blog - 4 views

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    "One of the great things about Minecraft is that there's not just one version. It exists as a stand-alone game, but creative players also create modifications, or "mods," that add all sorts of upgrades, features, and options for every taste. One of the most popular mods for classrooms is MinecraftEdu.

    Since it's targeted at classrooms, teachers may be tempted to ignore Minecraft and head straight for MinecraftEdu -- but not so fast! Both Minecraft and MinecraftEdu can serve as great learning tools. So which version is right for you and your classroom? Consult this list of pros, cons, and suggestions to make your decision."
John Pearce

Game2Game - Home - 1 views

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    "During this semester-long course, you will be spending a lot of time playing video games (woohoo!) but you'll also spend time getting critical about the games you play and the way in which video games reflect and shape your attitudes to other people, yourselves and the world! Of course, you will also get to be creative as well by creating your own online game reviews and designing your own video game.
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John Pearce

Sphero | Robotic Gaming System for iOS and Android - 1 views

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    Introducing Sphero 2.0. Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay. Drive circles around your friends with Sphero's new engine, turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead, and upgrade family game night with multiplayer apps like ColorGrab. You can even get a crash course in programming Sphero with MacroLab.
    Sphero rolls 7 feet per second and pairs to your device via Bluetooth. Powered by induction charging and an internal smart robot, Sphero also glows in millions of colors and is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure.
John Pearce

zondle: create, play and share games to support teaching and learning - 4 views

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    "zondle enables teachers to create games to match exactly their teaching aims and their students' learning needs - to consolidate classroom learning, for formative or summative assessment, or to prepare for high-stakes tests and examinations."
John Pearce

Angry Birds to Minecraft: Game Dynamics and Learning - 0 views

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    "Updated at ISTE 2013! Explore what makes a game addictive, discover the five most addictive games, and learn about the five most powerful game dynamics and how you can use them in your classroom. See video of this presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euE-z_JzTow"
Rhondda Powling

5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students - 16 views

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    5 websites that you could allow students to use and take control of designing games themselves.  
John Pearce

A Futuristic Short Film HD: by Sight Systems - YouTube - 1 views

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    "Sight, a brilliant and disturbing short sci-fi film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, imagines a world in which Google Glass-inspired apps are everywhere. "
John Pearce

A Short, But Wonderful Documentary About Why Kids Play Minecraft - 5 views

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    "At only 1:42, it's not exactly feature-length, but don't let the brevity of this clip put you off. It's about a brother and a sister telling you why they play, and enjoy, Minecraft. And it's wonderful."
John Pearce

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | TeachThought - 4 views

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    "Gamification is simply the application of "game" mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea here is to encourage a desired behavior. In this way, "gamification" amounts to installing mechanics or systems that recognize and reward behavior. Through increased visibility of nuance, documentation of progress, and rewarding of seemingly minor (but critical) behaviors, a specific outcome can be achieved.
    Since it encourages internal motivation through an outwardly-created set of circumstances, gamification sits at the awkward intersection of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation."
John Pearce

Gamification Blog - 4 views

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    The Gamification Blog styles itself as "The Leading Source for Gamification News & info"
John Pearce

are you game | Scoop.it - 2 views

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    Judith Way's gaming Scoop-it
Celia Coffa

What Kids Learn from Online Gaming - 4 views

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     The video below features a middle school student( 13 years old ) who is an avid online gamer. He talked about the things he learned via the help of his favourite online games including : Wrold War II, socializing with peers, sharing his interests, knowledge, skills, and thoughts with others.
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