Archive for October, 2005

Games in Education Webcast

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Games in Education Webcast

The OCDE webcast focusing on Video Games in Education. We interviewed Henry Jenkins, James Paul Gee, Clark Aldrich, Dave Kosak, and David McDivitt. Enjoy!

Augmented reality brings a new dimension to learning | WTN

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Augmented reality brings a new dimension to learning | WTN

Kurt Squire and augmented reality games.

Serious Games Summit

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

It turns out I will be able to make it to the Serious Games Summit in Washington, DC this week afterall. I get into town Sunday night and fly out Tuesday night. If any of you will be there and would like to meet up, please leave a comment below or email me.

I endeavor to do a better job blogging this event than I normally do. :)

As for this evening… after a long day at work, tennis with Eva (we’re in a league here in Irvine), a few hours of research, and now sticking to my new “blog before playing” policy (barely), I’m off to work on a quest as a paladin in World of Warcraft – and to see what I can learn from other players. :)

-Mark

United Press International – Hi-Tech – Gaming for a smarter America

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

United Press International – Hi-Tech – Gaming for a smarter America

Despite the headline, this is a very pragmatic take on the topic. The article contains quotes from a wide variety of contributors.

Video Games in Education Webcast

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

We have not solved the issue with the streaming server, but the Video Games in Education webcast is ready for download. Below I’ve recreated the announcement on our department website.

Video games are an important part of many student’s lives. When playing games they are clearly engaged and motivated. They are also active, thinking critically, and taking risks. There is little doubt that a good deal of incidental learning is taking place when students play these games, but can we harness this powerful new media for intentional learning in formal education?

The Orange County Department of Education has produced a webcast that explores how computer and video games show a great deal of potential as teaching and learning tools.

Mike Guerena and Mark Wagner interviewed Henry Jenkins of the MIT Media Lab, James Paul Gee of the University of Wisconsin, and Clark Aldrich, author of “Simulations and the Future of Learning.” The video includes commentary from Dave Kosak of Gamespy.com and from David McDivitt, a High School World History teacher who has integrated a computer game into his curriculum.

This is the first in a series of programs that create a dialogue with leading experts to explore the innovative use of new technologies in K-12 education. In November, we explore the use of iPods in the classroom.

Download the webcast here (To download, right click this link. On a PC choose “Save Link As” and on a Mac choose “Download Linked File” to download).

Since we don’t have comments on the OCDE sight, please leave feedback about the video here.

-Mark

Blogging Cheatsheets for Blogger, TypePad, WordPress and Movable Type

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Blogging Cheatsheets for Blogger, TypePad, WordPress and Movable Type

The blogger cheat sheet might be helpful for teachers who have participated in my intro to blogs and read/write web classes.

GameTrain.net

Monday, October 24th, 2005

GameTrain.net

Northstar Leadership Group, John Beck’s company, has a blog and RSS feed at Gametrain.net… looks like Adam Carstens either maintains it or is a frequent poster.

COMM-599: Online Communities, Markets and Attention

Monday, October 24th, 2005

COMM-599: Online Communities, Markets and Attention

This is John Beck’s class at USC that Adam Carstens invited me to. I was there for week 8 for the discussion with Gerard Lafond of Persuasive Games and Douglas Lowenstein of the ESA speak.

Desire, The Band

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Desire, The Band

For the “and life” category… a new blog about my new band. Be nice. :)

Serious Games Summit (with some “and life”)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

After reading Beck and Wade’s Got Game, my trip to USC last week, and my purcahse of Serious Games by Michael and Chen, I am seriously considering a last minute (and expensive) registration and trip to the Serious Games Summit in DC next week. I can actually clear my calendar those days and plan to approach my boss about it tomorrow.

If any readers would like to offer me any feedback on this idea, please leave a comment below or email me. I’d especially love to know if any of you are going.

Now, because blogging in bursts can be as bad as a blogging lull, I shall save the rest of my posts for later in the week, and turn to actually playing a game… at least until Eva is done watching her Harry Potter movie and assembling her stamps. I’ll be playing World of Warcraft, which I actually hope to get Eva to start playing with me, since we’ve enjoyed (and completed) a few console based RPGs together. :)

-Mark