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Reflecting on LitRPG as a Social Design Experiment Tool

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Reflecting on LitRPG as a  Social Design Experiment Tool   My idea for a social design experiment tool comes during a two week period where I  found myself influenced by several factors. I had to politely intervene when a faculty member was conflating the term hybridity with hybrid learning, based on a blog post (Stossel, 2012).  I also had started to read and try to cognitively process Engeström’s… Read More

Ender4Edu subreddit

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
For the Metagame Book club, we will be using a subreddit for discussion. It’s called Ender4Edu We don’t want to create a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read the book but what starts happening on page 92 in Chapter 9 has some possible similarities to reddit. We’ll wait until we get there to discuss it more. reddit… <a href=Read More

Ender’s Game and Education

Friday, April 28th, 2017
For the month of May, we are reading, dissecting and discussing  Ender's Game (Book 1) with the Metagame Book Club. We had this strange idea of mapping it back to educational theory.  Is it more Kolb' s Experiential Learning Cycle and where does Montessori show up in there? We'll do Google Hangouts on it each Wednesday in May 9 pm ET/7 pm MT. Read More

Games and 3D Simulations: Dystopian Fears to Utopian Visions

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Please Join the Games & Sims Network for a livestream of the closing keynote of our summer book club. Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Colorado Technical University professor, game designer and researcher will be presenting Games and 3D Simulations: Dystopian Fears to Utopian Visions. In the book club, we’ve discussed virtual reality, gamification and the quantified self, games as assessment and what school would look like if it was in virtual world. We’ve played Ingress guided in hangouts by Michael… Read More

2013 Edublog Award

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

It's that time of the year again everyone. It's time for the nominations for the 10th Annual Edublog Awards. Below are Abacus' nominations. Feel free to share your own.

COLTT Conference

Monday, August 5th, 2013
EduPunxers are excitedly heading to Boulder Colorado for 2 Days for Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference being held at the University of Colorado - Boulder Here is the conference schedule. coltt13 We have two game based learning and MOOC sessions on Wednesday: Dissecting… Read More

The Marshmallow Challenge and Games

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Modified Marshmallow Challenge for the ISTE Leadership Symposium, we used a modified version of the Marshmallow Challenge. Using it to explain game elements and fun, flow and fiero really came from a Game Based Learning Design Session that Sherry Jones and I did at our inhouse conference this year.  One of our very earnest instructors stated she wanted to use game based learning and gamification but it was difficult to think in those terms. So I pulled up the Marshmalllow challenge ( we had done the challenge the year before) and started to look at what they called a design challenge was actually a game. Here’s the link to the website… Read More

Games Design – Old School

Friday, May 24th, 2013
Just sharing what we just finished up yesterday at our in-house Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference To warm-up educators, we had a opening sessions on Makers, Hackers and Gamers, explaining that they are more dangerous than zombies. Makers, Hackers and Gamers  Then after concurrent session on games, badges and hackathons, the closing day we did a 3 hour game camp. But no technology past scissors and glue. The winner was a card/board game that has you competing… Read More

BYOT – Game On! Panel

Friday, May 17th, 2013

BYOT - Game On! Panel


Have you ever watched the intensity of someone playing a video game? The level of concentration, focus and enjoyment is astounding. These educators wanted to bring that same deep concentration (flow), feeling of accomplishment (fiero) and fun to learning… Read More

EduBlog 2012 Nominations

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
  Hangout   G.A.M.E. members giving a Thanksgiving Tour of World of Warcraft over Google Hangout Best individual blog Grid Jumper’s Blog Collaborative 3D Environments for Teaching and Learning Best ed tech / resource sharing blog Grid Jumper’s Blog Collaborative 3D Environments for Teaching and Learning… Read More