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Virtual Worlds, MMORPGs and the Bloggerverse

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Educators using virtual worlds and MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) often use social media to document and curate their experiences. For the SITE conference there is even a Flickr group for  SITE CITY LIMITS that has started to do screenshots of the Cowboys v. Aliens area in Second Life. UnSymposiumRead More

VWBPE – Prologue

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
SITE Floating Island VWBPE: THE PROLOGUE or Program Update Virtual World Best Practices in Education Conference March 15- 17, 2012 5 weeks and counting but there is still time..... The CFP is still open until February 15, 2012. The Call for Proposals (papers, workshops, games, Machinima and posters) has been extended to midnight on February 15, 2012.  All that’s required is a 50 – 100 word abstract (full papers… Read More

SITE CITY LIMITS

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
  SITE CITY LIMITS sign EDUPunxers have been working hard and working in collaboration with the SITE Second Life Task Force.  For the past two months, we have been building and planning events for the virtual portion of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference. For the very first time, SITE http://site.aace.org/conf/… Read More

Virtual Pioneers

Friday, January 20th, 2012
January 20 & 21st EduPunxers will be attending the Virtual Pioneer Conference Look for us at the VWBPE display http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduIsland%209/19/75/22 It all starts… Read More

VWBPE CFP Re-Opens

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
While some conferences claim to by run by volunteers but have organizational backing - this one really does. We know because EduPunxs are doing the work here and we are doing because there is no other educational conference that covers virtual worlds, user created content and games the way this one does. This is a combination of bleeding edge educators,  educational researcher who know the audience will get what they are talking about and  people attending who get the value of deeper learning and immersion.  This is a call to show us epic - we know you're out there and we know epic when we see and hear it. So come show us - Epic Win or Epic… Read More

Heroic Assumptions: Tanking 101

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
What is a Tank? A tank in an MMORPG is basically a character who wears the heaviest armor and their job is to be the center of aggression for whatever is to be tanked. The idea is to be annoying enough to the target that they forget about the rest of the party and focus on beating said tank into mush. This allows the rest of the party to kill the target with minimal damage. You can tank in quest chains, dungeons, or in pvp battlegrounds. The concept is the same annoy the target with special attacks or just being a general nuisance (pvp) to the enemy. So how to annoy, well in WoW there is the concept of aggression or “aggro”. This is simply… Read More

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Since 2004, the Edublog awards have been offering a community driven people’s choice awards for blogs, social media and social networks centered on education.  This year, social media nominations focused on education in virtual worlds was encouraged. EduPunxers are involved with Cognitive Dissonance which is one of the nominees for Best Educational Use of a Social Network. This is the first time that a World of Warcraft guild has been nominated for a EduBlog award. Being part of this guild has been where we started to see our work on Play as… Read More

Play As Professional Development

Friday, November 11th, 2011
Global Education Conference -free online conference through Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  November  14 - 18, 2011 #globaled11 EduPunxers will be presenting  on Monday November 14th 7 pm MST/6 pm PST Session Recording https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/dropin.jnlp?sid=2008350&suid=D.2C5C9094334D46A67AA2479EDF8943… Read More

Virtual Worlds UnSymposium

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium 2011: Games, Play and Community www.vw.unsymposium.org Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, 2011. The Theme for 2011 is Games, Play and Community. This is a fully online, free conference. The Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium is a community building event that provides opportunities for graduate students, alumni and educators to share current practices, network with colleagues, and explore opportunities for professional development, enhancing research, teaching and learning. Second Life on the CAVE sim Read More

Day of the Dead 2011

Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Dia de los Muerto Across the Curriculum On Saturday,  EduPunxers took students from online religious studies classes and creative writing classes into a  Dia de los Muertos presentation build on Front Range sim in Second Life. The Dia de los Muertos area was designed by community college students as part of a research project in Cherry Emerson's Chicano Studies course.… Read More