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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

Educause 2012 Report

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
This is entirely from the prospective of an a bootstrapper looking at conference with people who have budgets. MOOCs The New York Times has dubbed this the “Year of the MOOC” and that was readily apparent at the Educause. MOOCs were continually discussed. Massively Online Open Courses are currently divided into two categories which an emerging third and are described at The Many Manifestations of the MOOC xMOOC is the term being used for the MOOCs that are coming out of the Ivy Leagues, Udacity (Stanford… Read More

Game Based Learning MOOC

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Links and Resources from Games Based Learning MOOC from eLCC Game Based Learning MOOC twitter @ proximalzone flickr Game Based Learning MOOC group Virtual Worlds and Games UnSymposium November 2 - 3, 2012  Read More

Organizing the UnSymposium

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Zombies..... Ninjas…. And Pirates…. No it’s not the Apocalypse But, it will be disruptive There will be rogue teachers Games, Virtual vorlds MMORPGs and Machinima MOOCs, OOCs, Badges & Gamification Think of this disruption ….Play as Professional Development So come join for the Third Annual UnSymposium Friday November 2 & Saturday 3, 2012 The Virtual Worlds and Games UnSymposium in its third year is a grassroot community organized yearly event. The theme this year is disruption and we couldn’t think of a better way to pull that theme off than ninjas, zombies and pirates. Disruption in education in whatever shape or form has been a daily… Read More