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#6819792 Oct 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
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Hello KickinWing, the STEM fellowship sounds incredible! And, how rad that you're developing such useful apps! Have you guys/gals considered modifying it/them for distribution through the android market? I know apple can be quite difficult with their certification process so you may not be able to simultaneously submit, but it could be worth investigating. ^_^

#6818074 KickinWing wrote:

Hey guys! I'm a 1st year master's student in civil engineering. As part of my fellowship requirements I go to a local high school in an attempt to get students excited about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal is that when they go to college they will purse a degree in a STEM discipline.

Currently my research team* has spent the last 2 years developing an educational iPad game focusing on water quality issues. This year we have started to develop a second game focusing on maritime transportation and its benefits. Neither of these games are currently on the app store but we hope to have them there eventually.

I hope to use this MOOC as a resource as we continue to develop these games to be used in and out the classroom.

*Our research team consists of Ph.D's and graduate students in the areas of Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Biology, and Education

Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC)
FRCC Humanities Instructor
The best combination of technophile and luddite

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#6820029 Oct 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM
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Hey there, I'm Hawkye. I'm a hardcore gamer who's been "in the game" for over 25 years. I'm not exactly what you'd call up to speed in the world of education, but if you need something in the realm of games, I'm your guy. I play everything from MMORPGs to sims to action games. You name it, I've played it, and can most likely help you out if you need it. And if not, I'm willing to learn!

  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
  • I'm just the gamer, trying to help you guys out. But I'm excited to see what educators do use it for!
  • What types of games are you thinking about using?
  • I think all types of games have their applications. It's just a matter of which should be used where.
  • How much experience do you have in gaming?
  • An entire lifetime's worth. I wasn't born with a controller in my hand, but I'm darn close.
  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
  • As a student, I'd say that I expect it to make learning enjoyable again. I come from a generation when your standard lecture doesn't necessarily work anymore. I'm hoping GBL will help in that arena.
  • Are you looking for collaborators?
  • At the moment I'm still trying to figure myself out!

Please also include your weapons of choice - weapons of mass social media.

I don't really use social media that much. E/N (Everything/Nothing) sites have been around since before Facebook or MySpace and my social group in particular (gamers) never really had much patience for them. I recognize their usefulness in certain arenas, but I prefer more real-time communication. I'll leave the social media to my minions students who enjoy or have the patience for it.

Let us know your twitter handle, your blog and any other SoMe that you would like to share.

Twitter: HawkyeNarasumas
AIM: HawkyeNarasumas
Here's to all the educated people who don't hate games!
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#6820308 Oct 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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Hello Everyone!

My name is Bryan, but on here you can refer to me as buriedinice, or Bry. I really don't have a preference on which you use :). I am a former hardcore gamer from my high school and college days. Now, I just game a few hours a week in my spare time. I have played mostly everything (First person shooters, real time strategy, mmorpgs, etc). My first experience in gaming came in the early 90s with Oregon Trail for the PC. In a classroom setting, my first game played in a school was Carmen Sandiego.

Recently played/currently played games: Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, League of Legends. I am more of a PC gamer than a console gamer.

What is your Quest? or tell us why you have decided to join us in the exploration of games based learning?

I joined this MOOC to learn more about game-based learning and how to gamify higher education. Part of my job is to become knowledgeable about the latest and greatest trends in education and formulate a plan to incorporate them into the my companies learning technologies team.

  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for? Higher education.
  • What types of games are you thinking about using? I have not given this much thought. I guess it would depend on the topic. I can honestly say that I am not up-to-date on which games are used for educational purposes.
  • How much experience do you have in gaming? Tons. I've been playing video games since the early 90s. Started playing my first online game in 1999.
  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients? I have not given this much thought yet. I guess i want to make learning fun and engaging for students while giving an alternate option for faculty to present their courses than the traditional online delivery.
  • Are you looking for collaborators? At the moment, no.

Please also include your weapons of choice - weapons of mass social media. If I had to choose, I would use Twitter over everything else. As much as I enjoy facebook, I really only use it to communicate and share things with my close friends and family. I use twitter on more of a professional level.

Twitter Handle: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: http://www.scoop.it/t/allthingsedtech
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6820458 Oct 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
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Sorry for coming late to the party, but I am going to give another try to mooc-ing.


  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
  • I am the Principal of an inner-city high school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. GBL has already shown to be a great engagement tool for this notoriously difficult-to-engage segment of the learning population. This is my current target population, but I see applications for many others.
  • What types of games are you thinking about using?
  • Whichever ones help me hit my learning objectives with my target audience. Right now, I am using an XP-based structure around certain behaviors in class.
  • How much experience do you have in gaming?
  • I am a casual gamer, but have been playing video and role-playing games most of my teen and adult life.
  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
  • I have already seen a powerful impact on typically disengaged students, so my expectations are quite large!
  • Are you looking for collaborators?
  • I am always looking for collaborators. Let's talk!

My weapons of choice are:
Twitter
My NEW Facebook
My website
My LinkedIn


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#6822417 Oct 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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Hi I am Neemana, Cloudstorm, Xiayuyun, and another one I can't remember right now, all of those are my WoW toons. I have some in SWTOR but I've not played SWTOR in a long time, been too busy MOOCing and introducing some GBL into my school district. I am a technology instructor at an elementary school in North Carolina. I am less than a week away from the kick off of the Minecraft afterschool club at my school. I have spaces for 60 right now, will add 30 more when the desktop version is installed, and still have 10+ more on the waiting list. I am learning what filtering will and won't allow (won't allow download of Steam client), and the proper steps to introduce this new way of learning to your school and district. Especially if you are a large district (150,000+ students). I am always ready to listen and learn and try to be helpful if I can. And throw in my bit about mobile gaming since I work with iPads all day every day. Now if they would make a mobile version of WoW...but a girl can dream can't she? I was here for the first MOOC in August and I have enjoyed staying in touch and continuing to learn and build a great network of like minded Edupunx.

See you all at the Tweetchat tomorrow night!
~Neemana
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#6822652 Oct 09, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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#6814219 SparkleRobi wrote:

Hi All,

I teach at a community college and I truly believe that teaching adults is my vocation. I chose the nickname "SparkleRobi" because my enthusiam for teaching always shows :)

I want to learn more about gaming because I want to make sure I use all the possible teaching strategies to be a better teacher and inspire my students to be better as well. I believe that using games in teaching can be affective because students can learn life-skills and how to apply what they have learned in a safe enviroment.

I have to confess that I don't have much time to play games, but I spend a LOT of my time thinking of activities that transform learning into active participation.
I look forward to learning more about games and how to use them.

I look forward to working and learning from you all :)

SparkleRobi



Hi SparkleRobi,
This is Stephanie.
So glad there are others from a community college setting eager to learn new activities. Like you have found, students seem to perk up and attend better when the material is taught as a game. I'm not sure I could use video games in our classroom but would welcome other ideas. Have you used games in your classroom and if so, what worked well?
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#6822926 Oct 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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Hello, ladies. Couldn't help but make a suggestion (partly because this concept is too radical!)
Tabletop games can work really well if access to technology/equipment is an issue. For instance, Francesco Crocco details an exercise which integrates modified monopoly in conjunction with a case study to facilitate discussion about capitalism in Radical Teacher (No. 91).

Here's a link to the journal, if you're interested: http://www.radicalteacher.org/recent.asp
Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC)
FRCC Humanities Instructor
The best combination of technophile and luddite

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#6823500 Oct 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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Hello everyone!

My name is Sherry Jones, and I am a Rhetoric and Composition Instructor at multiple community colleges. I am also part of the Games MOOC Advisory Group.

  • What is your Quest? or tell us why you have decided to join us in the exploration of games based learning?
  • My current quest is to create a MOOC that focuses on Rhetoric and Composition + GBL. I attended Games MOOC I, so naturally, I must attend Games MOOC II! I love the group of game-minded educators I get to meet here (and very much appreciate the professional development opportunity and for the chance to grow my PLN). Also, what's not to like about getting the free opportunity to learn more about games?

  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
  • I am already using GBL with my college level students, and I want to incorporate even more intensive games into my courses (provided that I learn how to play those games too. So many games . . .)

  • What types of games are you thinking about using?
  • Games MOOC I has totally sold me on Minecraft, so I'm definitely using Minecraft for my Rhet Comp courses. Also, Bastion, League of Legends, Samorost, Flower, Flow, Journey, Eve Online (still debating on how many games I can cram into my courses)

  • How much experience do you have in gaming?
  • I've been playing video games since the invention of Atari (that should give you an idea of just how much game time I've clocked). My game nerd passion is for action games and point-and-click adventure games (always looking for engaging story lines). However, in terms of adventure games, I'm obsessed with watching other people play horror games (because I'm too scared to play those games myself). Amnesia, Resident Evil, and Silent Hill, anyone? So, yeah, my experience is extensive. It wasn't until recent years, with a hectic teaching schedule, that I had to stop playing video games. Who knew that GBL would give me the chance to revisit video games again?

  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
  • Being that I center my instruction on the multimodal text theory, I treat video games as multimodal texts, of which contain complex semiotics and rich content. I expect GBL to enrich my students' understanding of the world as text (in terms of Derrida), and enhance their ability to analyze and synthesize the world as text. Video games (depending on type) present virtual reality constructions that can be de-constructed for understanding types of compositions (affected by age level of gamers), rhetorical effects, power relations, cultural and social situations (that affect the game rhetoric), and so on. There is A LOT to be learned from games, and I will stop here before I write a novel in the forum.

  • Are you looking for collaborators?
  • I'm not actually looking for collaborators to work on my course (since I already have collaborators working with me). However, I believe that simply participating in this MOOC will help me improve my curriculum design. Really looking forward to this!

  • Please also include your weapons of choice - weapons of mass social media.
  • Oh oh, I already answered this question in my response to the forum question on Social Network Knowledge Construction . It's copy and paste time!"As a social media junky. I use the following to build my personal PLN:Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Scoop.it (I got bitten by the bug too, Leesdale~), Snip.it (Scoop.it's evil twin), Storify (great news articles generated by professional journalists and casual users), Learni.st, So.cl, Bottlenose.com (visualizer of social media), Classroom20.com, Diigo (this is a big one), Popurls.com (good ole' aggregator), Netvibes (aggregator #2), Wordpress (RSS subscription), a myriad of educational blogs, MOOCs (intense participation in these gotta count). No, no, I'm not insane enough to check each site on a daily basis (can you imagine?). How I DO keep track of them is with my trusty smartphone-email/RSS subscription service, feeding me content on a daily basis. I'm basically reading all the time between breaks, and dreaming of social media conversations. I suppose I should curate all this in our diigo group?Level of engagement - Lead (aka pretty intense) - I not only get feeds, but I also contribute to the feed stream and "lead" the conversations. I also create individual groups in diigo for different courses I am teaching. I also run 3 wordpress sites on teaching and ed-tech. I have to admit that I use facebook most intensely, as I am posting on facebook 2-3 times on a daily basis. Google + isn't there for me yet, but its apps (ex. Google Hangout) are pretty amazing."

  • Let us know your twitter handle, your blog and any other SoMe that you would like to share.
  • Here are my hideouts ('cause I'm batman):
  • Twitter @autnes



Ok, ok, I'll stop! :D
Mind Erasure
Mind Erasure (aka Sherry Jones)
See my Visual Bio!!
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#6827672 Oct 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
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I'm lmethrid (Lorraine Ethridge) and teaching a high school computer applications class. I'm interested in having myself and my students learn more about gamification. I will be asking them to attend the class as well.
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#6827722 Oct 10, 2012 at 03:40 PM
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Forgot to answer these questions in my original post:

How much experience do you have in gaming?
I really don't play games much at all, but find the concept of gamification in education intriguing.

What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
I'd like my students to take this class as well with the aim of them creating their own educational games that could be played by other students at our school.


Please also include your weapons of choice - weapons of mass social media.
@lmethrid
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#6827903 Oct 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
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Hi everyone!

My name is Valary and my main quest is one of satisfying my insatiable curiosity. A subquest at present is exploring the opportunities of MOOCs as well as the possibilities games offer to the training world. What better place to spend some time than a Games MOOC.

My experience is with adult education in the business world primarily. I teach technical skills and professional skills and as we try to find new and more engaging ways to work with our students and create more collaborative learning environments I am always on the lookout for options to try. I work with both the classroom and e-learning realms. I am also in grad school pursuing studies in distance education. Last semester my project work focused on digital games-based learning's advantages and disadvantages. I've always loved games and think it's great to see more people integrating them into education.

I have also spent a lot of time coaching people on presentation skills since that is also a growing competencies needed in business communications. I have been on a quest separate from this one to help people eradicate bullet points from their presentation slides and help them learn to adjust to communicating through virtual means. My presentation background was an odd brew made from a background in the performing arts and a geeky side that got me into the training world.

While I haven't had the opportunity to use many games or even gamification techniques in my current job, I am hoping to move into more consulting in the near future so I am eager to go questing with all of you and look forward to sharing ideas.

Twitter: @valarywithawhy
@valarywithawhy
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#6829373 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
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Hi Everyone!

I came in halfway through the last version of the Games MOOC, and I'm trying to improve my knowledge base. I would really love to go for the Games Based Learning badge, but it looks like I've already missed some deadlines (am I allowed to play catch up? I have had a CRAZY week at school, and I was finishing up the gamification course on coursera, so I just haven't had time!)

However, to continue:

My name is Caryn Swark. I run a games and education blog at www.gamifymyclass.blogspot.ca and go by Missrithenay both here and on Twitter. I teach grade 6 and integrate as many games as I can in all subject areas. I'm a long time gamer although not quite as skilled as, say, my husband :) I was really enjoying the tweet chats, but unfortunately my dance class is right on top of them, so I haven't been able to participate lately. However, I would love to collaborate with others and have more support -- games based learning is not very popular in my district, where all anyone wants to talk about is the Daily 5!
Don’t do work that just exists within your classroom... do work that changes the world. -Will Richardson

http://www.gamifymyclass.blogspot.ca
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#6829584 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:01 AM
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Please consider the game based learning badge. You have not missed any of the deadlines. The first assignments or quests aren't due until Tuesday October 16th at midnight. You helped me and LeeDale last Games MOOC to start investigating badges. So happy that you are participating this go-around!
twitter @kzenovka
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Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
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#6831308 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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Oh, yay!! I'm happy :D Thanks!
Don’t do work that just exists within your classroom... do work that changes the world. -Will Richardson

http://www.gamifymyclass.blogspot.ca
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#6831337 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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Hellow world

Little embarrassed now that my user name is my pet. But anyways, I'm nobody and was highly encouged by my teacher to sign up. so here I am posting to peopleI do no know and will never meet. Hellow world MY quest is to "learn" whatever my teacher tell me to learn.
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#6831342 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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I'm Chris, I've been encouraged to take this class by my teacher in computer application. I'm planning to use GBL to help High School Education. I have little experience in gaming but do keep up with video game news.
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#6831368 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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Hello,

My name is Jonathan. I am interested in this site because 1. Our teacher has assigned this website as a learning tool for gamification, and 2. to expand my knowledge on game development and to learn more about psychological behavior from games. I am planning to use what I learn in my future career, but at the moment I am using it for my high school computer application class. The games I will be using will vary between what I feel like, but the game I will use the most is MAG. I am a well seasoned, psychological, veteran gamer who is always on the leader boards in some way shape or form. My expectations of the affect that will take upon classmates and/or clients is learning new ways of increasing productivity by watering complicated elements from something I created down. I am always looking for collaborations, but with these collaborations I am looking to learn something new, so at my stage, I cannot accept any project leader positions. I do use Facebook often for communication purposes, but I would like to keep that private if at all possible. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to learn new material.

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#6831876 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
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354 Posts
Hi Wallus,

To let you have some insider knowledge - there are a few people here who have their screen name as their pet. We also have a couple of people who uploaded their pet's picture as their avatar.

You wrote that you were highly encourage by your teacher to join. So why were you highly encouraged?

As far as never meeting, what are you studying? Some fields are smaller than you think!

Please share with us whatever you are comfortable sharing.

#6831337 Wallus wrote:

Hellow world

Little embarrassed now that my user name is my pet. But anyways, I'm nobody and was highly encouged by my teacher to sign up. so here I am posting to peopleI do no know and will never meet. Hellow world MY quest is to "learn" whatever my teacher tell me to learn.

twitter @kzenovka
www.center4edupunx
Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
Google + gamesmooc@gmail.com



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#6831985 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
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#6831342 cteague wrote:

I'm Chris, I've been encouraged to take this class by my teacher in computer application. I'm planning to use GBL to help High School Education. I have little experience in gaming but do keep up with video game news.



That's very cool! If you are helping high school education - you will learn about your consumers (teachers) view game based learning in this Games MOOC.

Have you talked in class about the technology adoption life cycle?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diffusionofideas.PNG

The teachers and educators in the Games MOOC most likely are innovators and early adopters.

Here's a link to a great picture by Lindy McKeown (screen name - Decka Mah) on how teachers adopt technology in their classroom.
twitter @kzenovka
www.center4edupunx
Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
Google + gamesmooc@gmail.com



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#6833239 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
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#6806456 brookdancer wrote:

However, I've been interested in games since Pong, and fondly recall playing it, Pacman, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and the rest of those earliest interactive games.



OMG I played those too with my son,we were really spending too much time in game arcades, then with Atari and then, well, you know the story. I remember PONG, saw it at a college campus in 1974, think it was Ohio State. I was absolutely fascinated. My son who is now 44, has an ANDROID app that has all those old video store games. I still can't win!
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