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Five Apps To Test Your Physics Skills

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th October 2014

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/beyond-angry-birds-five-apps-that-test-your-physics-skills/

1. Crayon Physics Deluxe worldofgoo

2.  World of Goo                  coaster_crafter

3. Coaster Crafter               602196_434936999916746_2105602860_n-1

4. Amazing Alex                  tinkerbox

5. Tinkerbox

All the above games have physics in common but they’re also all in 2D. If students love these games, consider challenging them with 3D and even 4D games that put physics knowledge to the test. Valve’s Portal series is a great choice, or look into the equally mind-bending first-person games Antichamber or Quantum Conundrum, both of which go beyond the boundaries of Newtonian physics and Euclidean geometry.

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A Problem-Solving Game For Teachers and Administrators

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th October 2014

A Problem-Solving Game For Teachers and Administrators

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/a-problem-solving-game-for-teachers-and-administrators/

This activity empowers all stakeholders. It gives everyone an opportunity to share pain points and observations and to brainstorm solutions. By building a card deck of context-specific pain points and observations, there’s buy-in from the start. All participants have a vested interest in the cards they create. Likewise, the activity has enough structure built in to drive toward solutions.

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digital games in the classroom

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th October 2014

Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/survey-finds-teachers-underutilize-resources-for-digital-games-in-the-classroom/

Certain types of games are favored over others, and that duration plays a key part. “Teachers tend to use shorter form games that could be finished in a class period or just a few minutes. Because developers realize that teachers can fit a shorter form game into a classroom period, they’re going to make those games.”

games used in the classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/surprising-insights-how-teachers-use-games-in-the-classroom/

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd October 2014

Announcing the NMC Horizon Report Europe > 2014 Schools Edition

http://www.nmc.org/news/announcing-horizon-report-europe-2014-schools-edition

Key Trends Accelerating Educational Technology Adoption in European Schools

“Growing Ubiquity of Social Media” and “Rethinking the Roles of Teacher” as fast trends accelerating the adoption of educational technology in European schools over the next one to two years.

Full report:

http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-nmc-horizon-report-EU-EN.pdf

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#Gamergate Controversy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014

#Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/24/349835297/-gamergate-controversy-fuels-debate-on-women-and-video-games

It’s a debate about a lot of things and it involves a lot of people, but at its heart, #Gamergate is about two key things: ethics in video game journalism, and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry — an industry that has long been dominated by men.

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virtual reality game

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd September 2014

How do you make a good virtual reality game? Oculus developers meet to find out

http://www.cnet.com/news/how-do-you-make-a-good-virtual-reality-game-oculus-developers-gather-to-find-out/

Oculus has teamed with Samsung to make a VR headset for mobile devices

Avoiding making people sick is one of the key struggles in producing VR games. Developers large and small have said games need to be made in new ways to protect players from motion sickness.

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Comics in Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th September 2014

http://www.comiclife.com/

http://chogger.com/

http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/

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Gamification: It’s Easier than You Think!

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

Gamification: It’s Easier than You Think!

https://desire2learn.adobeconnect.com/_a707373752/p3mhvdh5gfb/

BONUS: several cool infographics on gamification of education: http://elearninginfographics.com/tag/gamification-infographic/

this is a recording of a webinar, which took place yesterday, September 3, 2014. The presenter is Canadian.

Gamification versus game based education

Gamification is application of typical elements of game play to unconventional areas

Game based is learning that takes place withing a game simulated environment itself

D2L offers options for gamified education

Leveling / Gating: turn off/on content modules by weekly increments.

Bosses/Challenges – simple quiz at the end of each module (training quizzes, open to take unlimited times)

Celebration of successes – emails from intelligent agents, short funny video, etc.

Intelligent agent send an email not only to student, but to an office, where top scoring students can get a gift.

Game-based

simulator. used Unity to create the game

Shaun Iles: shaun.iles@mohawkcollege.ca and Brian Gould: brian.gould@mohawkcollege.ca

Leaderboard – Brightspace.com – Brightspace by D2L. needs to be purchased, but allows modify and customize with HTML and CSS

Badges: meaningless if the entire institution is not on board. google and mozilla badges platforms. D2L is about to roll out badges, only if the entire institution and the business recognize them. otherwise, the badges are dead upon exit from class.

make discussion interactive through upvote: http://www.reddit.com/r/upvote/

Scavenger hunt mentioned. Bluetooth info beacons used across campus to enable scavenger hunt. Across mobile devices.

Librarians and instructional designers mentioned.

His D2L home page has twitter widget and skype widget. He says the Skype widget enormously used. When will my proposal for Adobe Connect Widget will be addressed, am asking I for years?

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What Does Gamification Look Like In Classrooms?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd September 2014

What Does Gamification Look Like In Classrooms?

http://www.edudemic.com/gamification-look-like-in-classrooms/
Gamification Look Like In Classrooms

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Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st September 2014

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/math-science-history-games-break-boundaries-between-subjects-interdisciplinary-learning/

possibilities for a formal Renaissance-Man-Liberal-Arts education remain limited to the elite. The average, or common, student is encouraged to choose majors and institutions that track into a specialized vocation.

MincraftEDU and SimCityEDU provide flexible options for integrating familiar games with traditional classroom curriculum.

The ability to apply knowledge across disciplines is important, but it is not enough. It is important to combine that knowledge with strong social and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for good citizenship in the 21st Century.

The MindShift Guide to Games and Learning

more on gaming in this blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=gaming

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