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Melanie McBride

Red Shirt Guy Added To World Of Warcraft: Pics, Videos, Links, News - 0 views

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    "Azeroth has two new denizens: Falsted Wildhammer and his red-garbed friend, the Wildhammer Fact Checker. Blizzard added them into the new World of Warcraft expansion after a certain red shirted guy noted Falsted's absence. "
Melanie McBride

[youtube] World of WifeCraft - 0 views

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    Guys, you want to level up? Are you ready for the ultimate quest?
Melanie McBride

The WoW Factor -- THE Journal - 0 views

  • For a growing group of educators, the online role-playing game World of Warcraft is a place to go to relax, network, and discover potential learning strategies-- and slay a few monsters if they get in the way.
  • "Does anyone know where to find best practices for a unit on reptiles?"
  • Vyktorea herself belongs to Catherine Parsons, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and pupil personnel services for Pine Plains Central School District in New York state. Parsons is the founder of this "guild"-- a community of game players with a shared interest. Called Cognitive Dissonance and populated entirely by educators from both K-12 and higher education, it meets regularly in WoW's elaborate, monster-laden fantasy adventure world, where members play, share ideas, and explore possible instructional crossover. Parsons created the guild two years ago and now runs it with help from Sandy Wagner, director of technology for New York's Auburn Enlarged City School District.
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  • "Cognitive Dissonance represents for me the moment when you realize your perspective may not be the only one, or what you knew before might not be true or may need to evolve or change based on the new information you have gathered," Parsons says. "For many, the idea that video games might represent some analogy to an effective learning structure, or that there might just be something to using video games in the classroom, is one some educators might consider 'nontraditional.' So what better name than Cognitive Dissonance-- the uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously."
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    For a growing group of educators, the online role-playing game World of Warcraft is a place to go to relax, network, and discover potential learning strategies-- and slay a few monsters if they get in the way.
Melanie McBride

YouTube - PCS Games In Education - 0 views

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    Edelmira Segovia, Doctoral Student at UNCW's Watson School of Education interviews Lucas Gillispie, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pender County Schools about video games in education and the plans to integrate World of Warcraft into an after-school program focusing on literacy, mathematics, digital citizenship, and 21st-Century skils.
Melanie McBride

Wired 14.04: You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired! - 0 views

  • But he had an additional qualification his prospective employer wasn't aware of, one that gave him a decisive edge: He was one of the top guild masters in the online role-playing game World of Warcraft.
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    "his prospective employer wasn't aware of, one that gave him a decisive edge: He was one of the top guild masters in the online role-playing game World of Warcraft."
Melanie McBride

WoW in schools - after school program success | LiveScience - 0 views

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    "Constance Steinkuehler, an educational researcher who organized an afterschool group for boys to play, for educational purposes, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game."
Melanie McBride

The Escapist : World of Warcraft Visual History - 0 views

  • To celebrate the history of World of Warcraft and the imminent destruction of Azeroth in Cataclysm, The Escapist has compiled a visual history to highlight the important milestones and events to date, from the servers opening to the Real ID fiasco last month.
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    To celebrate the history of World of Warcraft and the imminent destruction of Azeroth in Cataclysm, The Escapist has compiled a visual history to highlight the important milestones and events to date, from the servers opening to the Real ID fiasco last month.
Melanie McBride

The Escapist : WoW Developers Discuss changes of Cataclysm - 0 views

  • Street identifies three main reasons for bringing the apocalypse to Azeroth. First, shock value was a crucial component. Deathwing's awakening is an explosive event for Azeroth. "We were trying to stage an apocalypse here," he says, "and we wanted some crazy things to happen and we knew there were sacred cows that might shock or upset players a bit."
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    Street identifies three main reasons for bringing the apocalypse to Azeroth. First, shock value was a crucial component. Deathwing's awakening is an explosive event for Azeroth. "We were trying to stage an apocalypse here," he says, "and we wanted some crazy things to happen and we knew there were sacred cows that might shock or upset players a bit."
Melanie McBride

Public Google Doc: WOW_Learning_Value: Repurposing game structures for the classroom - 0 views

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    I created this spreadsheet in order to track insights about aspects of MMO game play (example is WoW) that might be reconfigured or repurposed as classroom/school learning structures. The object here is not to necessarily use WoW in school but examine which elements of gameplay translate into new and unique learning experiences online or off. PLEASE ADD YOUR COMMENTS TO THE DOCUMENT. Short URL for sharing here: http://tinyurl.com/27sxnxa
Melanie McBride

YouTube - History of the Sin'Dorei ( Lament of the Highborne) - 0 views

  • A tribute to the Sin'Dorei. This video shows The Troll wars, the invasion of the Scourge, the madness of Prince Kael'Thas by allying with Illidan and eventually Kil'Jaeden. Meanwhile, the trolls are building up their empire and are calling for The Gods of Zul'Aman.
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    A tribute to the Sin'Dorei. This video shows The Troll wars, the invasion of the Scourge, the madness of Prince Kael'Thas by allying with Illidan and eventually Kil'Jaeden. Meanwhile, the trolls are building up their empire and are calling for The Gods of Zul'Aman.
Melanie McBride

WoW Learning » networking - 0 views

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    "Fellow Canadian and WoW player Melanie McBride (@melaniemcbride) is composing a Twitter list of educators interested in using World of Warcraft & massively multiple online games for teaching and learning. Get in touch with her on Twitter or check out her list if that's you."
Melanie McBride

My second machinima: YouTube - Epic Journey - Travel forms in WoW - 0 views

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    Have you ever wanted to fly? This is just one more thing you can do in a synthetic world that you can't do in reality. This is a montage of my Night Elf druid taking various travel forms in World of Warcraft. I created it in order to share a glimpse of the world through my eyes for those who haven't spent any time there. I created it over the course of a couple of hours using Wegame and Windows Movie Maker. The music is an open license track from CC Mixter (see credits).
Melanie McBride

WoW Game-Play Motivations | PARC PlayOn 2.0 - 0 views

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    In the survey, participants filled out a motivations inventory, focusing on the 3 main game-play motivations identified in earlier research on MMO players. The table below summarizes what is encompassed by the 3 main components of the model. The Achievement branch focuses on different ways of gaining power in the game. The Social branch focuses on different ways of relating to other players. And the Immersion branch focuses on different ways of being part of the story and game world.
Melanie McBride

'Warcraft' Sequel Lets Gamers Play A Character Playing 'Warcraft' | The Onion - America... - 0 views

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    Just like playing world of warcraft - only better!
Melanie McBride

Exploring Virtual Worlds - a set on Flickr - 0 views

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    A gallery of my avatars and explorations of virtual worlds and MMOs
Melanie McBride

Youtube: The purpose and importance of music in videogames - 0 views

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    Fascinating commentaries about the sound design, composition and music purposes in World of Warcraft.
Melanie McBride

CBC News - Technology & Science - Breaching the 'magic circle' - 0 views

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    ""It's supposed to be a game," says de Castell. "And a game is supposed to be relatively insulated from the rules and norms of everyday life. And when that is breached, it's not a game anymore.""
Melanie McBride

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    "Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how."
Melanie McBride

WoWinSchool / Writing and Literacy Lessons - 0 views

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    Design a quest chain, based on your experience with other quests in the game. The chain must involve at least two different areas in the zone and have at least five steps. Write all the dialogue that the NPCs involved in the quest would say. Make sure you indicate the quest requirements and the steps involved in the quest. You can research quest chains using one of the online quest helper databases like WoWWiki, Thotbott, etc.
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