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Kristina Thoennes

Mining Minecraft Part 1 of 3 - 1 views

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    Series of blog posts by Marianne Malmstrom (aka Knowclue) about connecting and learning with students in the virtual spaces that attract them, especially Minecraft.
Katy Vance

» Why Gamify and What to Avoid in Library Gamification ACRL TechConnect Blog - 2 views

  • Third, a game that is organization-centered rather than user-centered can be worse than no game at all. A game with organization-centered design uses external rewards to increase the organization’s bottom line in the short term.3 Games designed this way attempt to control behavior with rewards. Once users feel the game is playing them rather than they are playing the game, however, they are likely to have a negative feeling towards the game and the organization. 
  • In this early stage of gamification, it will be useful to remember that gamification doesn’t necessarily require complicated technology or huge investment. For example, you can run a successful game in your library instruction class with a pencil and paper. How about rewarding your library patrons who write to your library’s Facebook page and get most “likes” by other patrons? Or perhaps, a library can surprise and delight the first library patron who checks in your library’s Foursquare or Yelp page by offering a free coffee coupon at the library coffeeshop or simply awarding the Early-Bird badge? In gamification, imagination and creativity can go a long way
Mary Clark

OSCON 2011: Gabe Zichermann, "Designing for Engagement with Gamification in Open Source... - 0 views

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    This video is directed at open source creators, but lots of points in here are applicable to education.

    Key points:

    What drives behavior (from most to least engaging):  status, access, power, stuff.  (Note "stuff", which costs the provider money, is last on the list!)

    The first minute of engagement is what determines what users think of your product.  Make the first step impossible to mess up!  Motivate users with a "Yay, you're awesome!" moment right away.  

Katy Vance

Reimagining Learning, Literacy, and Libraries: A Few Moments with Amy Eshleman | DMLcen... - 2 views

  • So we slowly encouraged him to participate in creating content around games. He began writing game reviews and learned how to build new levels for games. He started creating a real community around games and contributing to that knowledge space. He was blogging about games but also challenged himself to become a better writer. He was part of a group of gamers that decided they wanted to design and build a prototype game controller, and by working with our mentors, they learned about the principles of design and actually built a prototype.
  • We wanted a space that had a real curriculum. Even little things like having food in the space were so important in the design. It’s their space and they are not shy about talking to us about the resources they want to see. They drive what we do. Just recently we changed the way we designed the geeking out part of YOUmedia -- the more formal learning opportunities -- to make it fit what the youth were interested in instead of what we thought they were interested in. We offer project-based workshops to provide context for the work, but it’s up to them on how they decide to enter into those projects.
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      This is just a test.
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      Testing!
  • It turns to another conversation we were just having about how we balance a kid who's spending every night in YOUmedia with needing to get his homework done. Clearly he wants to learn in the way he is learning in YOUmedia. I think it is up to us to work with our schools so we can think of new ways to illustrate achievement and skills. Working on things such as a badge system could help make that connection back to the classroom.
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  •  While reading Toni Morrison’s book, A Mercy, we had the designers redesign the book jacket; we had the musicians make beats and spoken word artists put a piece behind that music; and we had photographers reimagine scenes in the book that were meaningful to them. We took this model and made a curriculum around it. Kids talk about how they worked collaboratively to create really beautiful pieces of art around the themes in the book
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    So we slowly encouraged him to participate in creating content around games. He began writing game reviews and learned how to build new levels for games. He started creating a real community around games and contributing to that knowledge space. He was blogging about games but also challenged himself to become a better writer. He was part of a group of gamers that decided they wanted to design and build a prototype game controller, and by working with our mentors, they learned about the principles of design and actually built a prototype.
Katy Vance

TEDxStudioCityED - Lewis Tachau - Can Online Gaming be Educational? - YouTube - 0 views

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    13 year old talking about what he learned about life, cooperation and WWII from online gaming.
Katy Vance

This Changes Everything: iPhone's Five-Year Gaming Revolution | GamesIndustry Internati... - 0 views

  • With expensive consoles stuck in long cycles, iPhone has transformed from a poor phone with no third-party content into a retina-screened gaming powerhouse with over half a million apps to choose from in less time than it took Sony to make Gran Turismo 5.
  • In this context a game has mere seconds to impress before it is banished back into the ether and damned with a one-star review. Needless to say, that is not a friendly environment for great ideas that need a little explaining to flourish.
    • Katy Vance
       
      This si key- how do we design games (and lessons for that matter) that are self-evident in terms of how to play them?
  • You don't reach a billion based on a spectacularly unoriginal physics game and some cartoon birds alone. It needed the ecosystem, installed base and cool cultural cachet of Apple.
    • Katy Vance
       
      You know, this makes me think about the fact that we haven't really discussed the tech factors involved in gaming.  I know lots of games in McGonigal's book don't require tech, but I think I will need technology to manage large numbers of students in a library.
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    But you know what the truly amazing aspect of iPhone's gaming revolution is? That it happened without Apple even really trying. The company hasn't the slightest interest in making games; it just created the right platform, delivery mechanism and economics for them in the eyes - and hands - of consumers.
Katy Vance

Local Students Learn Financial Basics Through the BECU mLevel™ Challenge « Th... - 0 views

      • 4. The Alan Jackson song, Too Much of a Good Thing (is a Good Thing) was proven false in this case.

        • While response to the games was positive, some students felt there was too much activity in a compressed amount of time.
        • A better cadence is 1-2 games and classes per month vs. per week in the compressed pilot.
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      This is important to keep in mind- we can't overdo it.  Gamification, in my mind, is a teaching tool, and you have to balance it with other approaches as well.
Lucas Gillispie

Digital Game Based Learning: Educational Video Games? - 0 views

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    The Wave of the Future? The typical college student plays an estimated 1.8 hours a day of video games (Prensky, 2001b ). Understandably, educators want a piece of that! The US military uses computer war games for training for everything from high-level international command coordination to using a weapon (see AP, 2003 and Prensky, 2001b ).
Lucas Gillispie

Video Games Win a Beachhead in the Classroom - 0 views

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    Doyle was, at 54, a veteran teacher and had logged 32 years in schools all over Manhattan, where he primarily taught art and computer graphics. In the school, which was called Quest to Learn, he was teaching a class, Sports for the Mind, which every student attended three times a week...
Lucas Gillispie

5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games - 0 views

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    Learning is no game on today's college campuses. It's serious work that many students dread. Yet when those same students play video games like World of Warcraft, they happily spend hours on difficult tasks, and actually learn quite a bit in the process.
Lucas Gillispie

White House office studies benefits of video games - 0 views

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    This summer, when your kids' favorite science museum boasts a new augmented-reality environmental simulation? Same deal. If in the next few years a video game teaches you anything - how to conserve energy, eat a balanced diet or solve quadratic equations - consider the invisible hand of one of the most unconventional White House hires in recent memory.
Lucas Gillispie

Quest to Learn Website - 0 views

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    Quest to Learn is a school for digital kids. It is a community where students learn to see the world as composed of many different kinds of systems. It is a place to play, invent, grow, and explore. For weekly updates, check out the Q2L Relay!
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