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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

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

Bricoleur and Bricolage

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
What is a bricoleur? The straight translation from French puts it as a handyman but it is so much more. In popular culture, we have seen the bricoleur.  Everyone know McGyver, he didn’t need James Bond’s technology to save the world, he used whatever he had on hand. Today a bricoleur uses whatever technology and material they need to build the solution to a problem. We see them in the Maker Movement, Civic… 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

Summer Games MOOC

Friday, April 5th, 2013
Summer Games MOOC EduPunxers are now starting to focus on the design of the Summer 2013 Games MOOC. Come join us! It's a connectivism MOOC, so no's not suppose to look like a replica of Coursera. It was designed using the connectivism learning theory, gaming guild culture and informed by the Gamer Disposition. The Summer Games MOOC is divided into two parts. Each part  is designed to be a standalone MOOC, so  you can sign up for one part or both. Part I will focus on exploring collaboration, cross-functional teams and multi-player game based learning. We will… Read More

Games Events This Week

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Thursday February 21 at 7 pm MT will be the seventh installment of the G.A.M.E. "It Takes A Guild - A Guild of Educators" webinar series. We will be interviewing Tanya Martin, Chris Luchs, Kae Novak and Vasili Giannoutous on livestreaming game play, Machinima and the 2013 Machinima Fest at the ISTE Annual Conference in San Antonio. Mists of PanderiaRead More

Game Issue of VEJ

Monday, January 7th, 2013
The winter issue of the Virtual Education Journal will be all about Games! Virtual Education Journal Deadline is January 15th and they are looking for educators to tell their stories. This is from the Editor - Rosie Vjotek GOT GAME? LET'S PLAY! The Winter 2013 issue of VEJ is coming out soon and we want to hear about your favorite games for fun, the joy of learning, and your how you are using games in education to actively engage students of all ages learning. Please submit your stories about the work you are doing in second life or any virtual world/online game.… Read More

Minecraft & Participatory Culture

Monday, September 17th, 2012
This week, another discussion on how to take Minecraft into the classroom seemed a little......rudimentary?   netherworld portal So this week, between G.A.M.E. and the Games MOOC, we're hoping not to do a "Everything You Ever Need to Know to Integrate a Game in Your Class" 45 minute session. Instead Knowclue Kidd is joining us on Thursday… Read More

Fiero, Epic Fail and then Epic Win

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
In our livestreaming on Saturday for the Games Based Learning MOOC we were able to record Grid and Izzy first battle grounds. We were in week 2 of the Games MOOC with the topic being - fun, flow and fiero in games. The battle grounds did not disappoint! We started with an Arathi Basin - were we won at the last minute by 10 points. All four of us earned the "We Had It Along'* Cough"Achievement. The next two battlegrounds we entered were both Warsong Gulch. The first Warsong Gulch had us easily demonstrating the vocabulary word "gank." As in being killed repeatedly by players with BOA (Bind on Account) equipment. The second battle ground was the… Read More