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#6833247 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
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{deleted post} Beth wrote:


I do a lot of research and writing about comics and graphic novels, so I really love Facebook. Most of my friends are like me, so my FB Newsfeed is image-intensive.

Twitter is the best thing ever. It's one step shy of telepathy.

Beth



I am a BIG facebooker, would love to see some of your writing on comics, a friend of mine is the owner of Mile High Comics, have quite the collection myself, they were very important to my childhood and life. Not much of a tweeter, but you know that already from the first-go-round ;)
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#6833256 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:12 PM
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Hi! I used Second Life for a few semesters in my college-level online course, and got burned out by all the complaints. One student made it her mission to make my life hell on earth, and that might have been the last straw.

Plus I wasn't able to require it, per Ombudsman ruling, and that really weakened it as a viable -- and valuable -- teaching option.

Do you have to deal with complaining students, and if you do, how do you deal with it? What kind of support does your department provide? Your university? Put another way: what insights from your experience might help shed light on mine?

:-)

Beth

#6818470 Jessi wrote:

Hi All!

I'm an associate professor of German and Applied Linguistics in northern Illinois. I do a lot of teaching in which I help language teachers incorporate various technologies into their instruction and I do a lot of online teaching in Second Life. The idea of incorporating games into my teaching (or vice versa) is very appealing to me and feels like a natural next step, so I'm going to follow along with this MOOC to see just how it's done.

I have been sporadically involved in gaming over the years, and now find that as my own children are more and more involved in it, that I'm developing a taste for it again. I seem to spend a lot of time installing Minecraft mods these days. :-)

Because my students almost all react positively to our online meetings in SL, I have a feeling that they may be very interested and enthusiastic about the addition of a gaming component.

I am a frequent and enthusiastic user of Facebook and Twitter (@jplagwitz). I have accounts on Google+ and LinkedIn, but don't use them very regularly. Of course, I employ a CMS in my online instruction, so there's a lot of asynchronous online communication going on in my courses.

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6833267 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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"Olympic Games commentator in Latin class"! That sounds wildly fun! Was it? It sounds to me like a major gaming experience!

Did you comment in Latin? Whether you did or not, gosh, what fun!

Beth

#6813440 ravicius wrote:

Hi,
I culled my name, ravicius from the longer one I had as an Olympic Games commentator in Latin class light years ago. I have next to no gaming experience but am keen to pick up information as I go along, the word quest was enough to inspire me.

So Quest-wise its about diving into the deep end and seeing how I can use GBL in the Middle School D&T classroom. The design process and concepts lend themselves to gaming systems and I am keen to delve further into that.
Some students were recently designing suspended structures for a viewing platform and had the option to use Minecraft. The energy and interest they showed was extraordinary and has catapulted me into the MOOC zone.
Facebook and twitter are useful and fun for getting information about things that are happening but the information overload can be exhausting, I think it will be more focused on this platform.
I may be lurking, but it will be with intent!

Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6833289 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
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Hi, TechnoRat! It is so cool to see you again in this second go-around! I have to admit, my writing has really fallen off, in part because of a book I'm working on, and in part because of months of grief and loss. I had some major life changes in the last year, and it bottled me up. I write from the heart, for better or worse. I should write from the tongue, really. The sense of smell rarely fails us!

I am a member of the International Team of Comics Historians, but I don't think I've contributed in 12 months. I.T.C.H.

I also write for The Comic Book Bin, but I have the same problem there. Even when I do write, it seems to emerge all garbled. I'm getting better, though! Finally feeling better. This came out pretty good. Connor's a local.

Thanks for being interested! This is heartening. As soon as I get back to weekly writing, I'll say it was because of you. :-)

Beth

#6833247 grasshopper98 wrote:

{deleted post} Beth wrote:


I do a lot of research and writing about comics and graphic novels, so I really love Facebook. Most of my friends are like me, so my FB Newsfeed is image-intensive.

Twitter is the best thing ever. It's one step shy of telepathy.

Beth



I am a BIG facebooker, would love to see some of your writing on comics, a friend of mine is the owner of Mile High Comics, have quite the collection myself, they were very important to my childhood and life. Not much of a tweeter, but you know that already from the first-go-round ;)
Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D.
twitter: eirwenes
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#6833311 Oct 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
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Hi, my name is Jonah. I am a senior in high school and am attending a computer applications class at my school. I am here because my teacher has encouraged me to attend this class, so i guess my quest would be to apply what i learn here to her lessons. I enjoy playing video games and would consider my self to have to have some experience gaming. I have never really used social media much. i only have a Facebook account, but i never use it. So i don't think that counts as my weapon.
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#6833565 Oct 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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My quest is to learn how to add games based learning (GBL) to my classroom and motivate students to learn.

I teach a range of Business and Information Technology classes in my program named Digital Media Production. The topics include 3D Animation, computer programming, mobile app development, image management, graphic design, video production and editing, web design and Microsoft Office applications.

I teach students in grades 11, 12 and post-secondary (college) students. I would like to use GBL for students in my class and students in grades 8-9 (middle school students) from other schools.

I am new to gaming - especially immerse environment gaming. I created an avatar in Second Life name Digi Macbain and have attended VWBPE conferences, traveled to ISTE, VSTE and other islands in Second Life using my avatar. I have played computer games like Word Shaker, Mario Brothers, Wii Baseball and watched my own children play video games.

My students and I are setting up Minecraft in my classroom this month. I purchased software from Minecraft Edu. I am excited about the learning opportunities for my students in the setup of Minecraft, the collaboration among students and the creativity outcomes from playing the game. I have 4-5 students who are great Minecraft players who I have asked to mentor me and other students who are new to GBL. I have asked my students to share with me their ideas about ways Minecraft can be in education and in other areas. This should be edu-fun - great learning experiences and fun too!

I am definitely looking for collaborators.

My FAVORITE social media tool is TWITTER. I have learned sooo much by using Twitter, Twitter hashtags and scheduled meetings in Twitter (TweetUps). My Twitter Account: @dmp_gctc - http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc


Social Media

Twitter: @dmp_gctc :: http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc

Facebook: Digital Media Production http://www.facebook.com/dmpgctc

Facebook Fan Page: Digital Media Production Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Cooper-Technology-Center-Digital-Media-Production/171618833739

YouTube: DMP YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/bettyl2008

Google+ & Email: blowrance99@gmail.com

Class website: http://gctechseminole.com/

Twitter: @dmp_gctc :: http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc

Facebook: Digital Media Production http://www.facebook.com/dmpgctc

Facebook Fan Page: Digital Media Production Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Cooper-Technology-Center-Digital-Media-Production/171618833739

YouTube: DMP YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/bettyl2008

Google+ & Email: blowrance99@gmail.com
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#6833646 Oct 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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Hi Neemana -

You have a great gaming, technology and education foundation.

I look forward to learning about you Minecraft after school club. I would like to offer something similar at my school - possibly one Saturday per month. I would like to use the Minecraft Saturdays to provide a fun - social - educational activity and as a recruitment tool to increase enrollment in my classes.

I look forward to learning from and with you on this journey!
Class website: http://gctechseminole.com/

Twitter: @dmp_gctc :: http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc

Facebook: Digital Media Production http://www.facebook.com/dmpgctc

Facebook Fan Page: Digital Media Production Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Cooper-Technology-Center-Digital-Media-Production/171618833739

YouTube: DMP YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/bettyl2008

Google+ & Email: blowrance99@gmail.com
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#6841668 Oct 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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#6833289 Beth wrote:

Hi, TechnoRat! , , ,

Thanks for being interested! This is heartening. As soon as I get back to weekly writing, I'll say it was because of you. :-)

Beth

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Ah, will miss seeing you, but look forward to you coming back. Stress is everywhere, it's like a plague.
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#6841673 Oct 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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#6833646 Betty Lowrance wrote:

Hi Neemana -

You have a great gaming, technology and education foundation.

I look forward to learning about you Minecraft after school club. I would like to offer something similar at my school - possibly one Saturday per month. I would like to use the Minecraft Saturdays to provide a fun - social - educational activity and as a recruitment tool to increase enrollment in my classes.

I look forward to learning from and with you on this journey!



We don't do the after school Minecraft but we have a gamer's club at Front Range Community College, Tue and Friday, Magic the Gathering and D&D mostly, I am the sponsor and I play MTG. Got my tail kicked last Friday! Also I am doing a video (short, my first, that I will put up on Monday. Learning all about youtube... and google hangout screen captures. . . darn that learning curve is such a flatline till that "ah ha got it" moment.
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#6841679 Oct 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM
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#6833311 Jonah wrote:

Hi, my name is Jonah. I am a senior in high school and am attending a computer applications class at my school. I am here because my teacher has encouraged me to attend this class, so i guess my quest would be to apply what i learn here to her lessons. I enjoy playing video games and would consider my self to have to have some experience gaming. I have never really used social media much. i only have a Facebook account, but i never use it. So i don't think that counts as my weapon.



Glad to have you here Jonah, we allow high school students (seniors mostly) to take college classes through the schools. I have found that these students are really bright, engaging, more likely to participate in discussions and set a good example for the other more mature students. I use facebook a lot! Some of my former students are "friended" and I enjoy seeing what they are doing years later. Which video games do you like to play? I am old enough I played the first "pong game" at a college in 1974, and I play startrekonline and minecraft right now. Not WoW although I have played a few times in the past on someone else's computer and character.
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#6841688 Oct 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
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#6833565 Betty Lowrance wrote:

My quest is to learn how to add games based learning (GBL) to my classroom and motivate students to learn.

I teach a range of Business and Information Technology classes in my program named Digital Media Production. The topics include 3D Animation, computer programming, mobile app development, image management, graphic design, video production and editing, web design and Microsoft Office applications.

I teach students in grades 11, 12 and post-secondary (college) students. I would like to use GBL for students in my class and students in grades 8-9 (middle school students) from other schools.

I am new to gaming - especially immerse environment gaming. I created an avatar in Second Life name Digi Macbain and have attended VWBPE conferences, traveled to ISTE, VSTE and other islands in Second Life using my avatar. I have played computer games like Word Shaker, Mario Brothers, Wii Baseball and watched my own children play video games.

My students and I are setting up Minecraft in my classroom this month. I purchased software from Minecraft Edu. I am excited about the learning opportunities for my students in the setup of Minecraft, the collaboration among students and the creativity outcomes from playing the game. I have 4-5 students who are great Minecraft players who I have asked to mentor me and other students who are new to GBL. I have asked my students to share with me their ideas about ways Minecraft can be in education and in other areas. This should be edu-fun - great learning experiences and fun too!

I am definitely looking for collaborators.

My FAVORITE social media tool is TWITTER. I have learned sooo much by using Twitter, Twitter hashtags and scheduled meetings in Twitter (TweetUps). My Twitter Account: @dmp_gctc - http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc


Social Media

Twitter: @dmp_gctc :: http://twitter.com/dmp_gctc

Facebook: Digital Media Production http://www.facebook.com/dmpgctc

Facebook Fan Page: Digital Media Production Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon-Cooper-Technology-Center-Digital-Media-Production/171618833739

YouTube: DMP YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/bettyl2008

Google+ & Email: blowrance99@gmail.com



I am just not much of a tweeter, just too chatty I guess (smile) I did look at your website and really liked how inviting it was. Nice job. Right now mine is "down" (no content) but I suppose it is still good to own your own name and I get my email through there for private mail. I will be interested to see how Minecraft works for you, I will be taking my classes into it and other games in the spring, if not later this fall. I teach mostly anthropology...
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#6841706 Oct 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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#6820458 badbuddha0 wrote:

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




I swear I answered your initial post, "By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged" er "answered" (Galaxy Quest). My expectations are high for my students too. I just expect them to succeed and they rise to the occasion, well most of them. I am simply Cherry Emerson on facebook if you would like to see what I am doing... I actually used hand-held video games back in the 1980s to try to get some Cuban juvenile prisoners hand/eye coordination improved. Long story. . .
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#6842852 Oct 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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#6806456 brookdancer wrote:


I plan to integrate GBL in online courses for adults. It feels urgent to me to be able to do this as younger folks come into the field. Seems likely one could get edged out without this skill set, even after being in the field of adult learning for over 20 years. (Or, maybe because of that!)

I need games that help folks research and find data within compliance courses. I'd like games that help people get through any kind of online learning experience with engagement and its resultant retention.



@Brookdancer
Hi Brookdancer,

It's interesting that you brought up getting "edged out" without this skillset. I've been wondering for awhile now how soon it will become a standard process in classes to make an avatar and set up an account with a sim or game. How soon will it become a digital literacy along with knowing how to turn on a computer?

Good to meet you!
-LeeDale
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#6842905 Oct 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM
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#6842852 Leedale wrote:

#6806456 brookdancer wrote:


I plan to integrate GBL in online courses for adults. It feels urgent to me to be able to do this as younger folks come into the field. Seems likely one could get edged out without this skill set, even after being in the field of adult learning for over 20 years. (Or, maybe because of that!)

I need games that help folks research and find data within compliance courses. I'd like games that help people get through any kind of online learning experience with engagement and its resultant retention.



@Brookdancer
Hi Brookdancer,

It's interesting that you brought up getting "edged out" without this skillset. I've been wondering for awhile now how soon it will become a standard process in classes to make an avatar and set up an account with a sim or game. How soon will it become a digital literacy along with knowing how to turn on a computer?

Good to meet you!
-LeeDale


I see the ability to have an avatar, to understand basic function of some of these games will be needed in the future, the ability to have a smart phone where you can download apps, check sites, post and do online research, as the tablets grow faster (galaxy tab for one, toshiba for another and of course apple) their use will be more. I know Alexander Dawson, a trendy, and expensive private prep school gave students iPads a year or two ago.

I am not a big personal supporter of second life, but something else will come down the road that will serve the same purpose, I think soon we can do 3-D imaging at some brick and mortar or with our smart device and re-create ourselves as we look in real life for our avatars, and the setting for those will be virtual classrooms or commons or activities without the extra time for guilds or activity points. I expect a common housing for badging will exist. Employers will look as heavily to the badging as the look to degrees and classes.
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#6842932 Oct 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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#6831368 jtaylortfs wrote:

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.



Hi Jonathan, You are ahead of me in some of your gaming, I have a background in developmental technology research companies, and you are correct that increased production is important, but also is customer satisfaction and employee well-being. I was hired as an anthropologist to create a culture within the company (1985-90) where zero defects in manufacturing was the goal and expected behavior. We use kind of a token economy gaming with prizes and parties ever so often and we did reduce turnover as well as get our no defects production (which increased 4 fold) to 98.2. Wish I could talk to you in person about it. Don't forget the human element. I love working with high school students and have taught college classes at a few high schools! Not everyone is cut out to teach at the high schools, it is orderly chaos in those halls!
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#6842943 Oct 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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Your quote about "don't hate gamers" is interesting. Remember a few years ago when we were trying to just get people to walk through WarHammer or play Magic The Gathering or even make "tags for trains" (we did those on paper, now I bet we could put them in a game environment or even (gasp) second life and have them put their tag onto the virtual train!

Three years ago when we started integrating games into the Anthropology classes the other instructors use to kind of look at me funny and "not include me in their reindeer games" I felt like Rudolph with a red nose. I almost wore a clown red nose to a faculty meeting but thought better of it LOL, now they come ask me how they might use it in their classes.

Times are changing and you have to run like the Red Queen to stay in the same place and sprint if you want to keep ahead in the discipline.

#6820029 Hawkye wrote:

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
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#6842966 Oct 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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That link wouldn't work for me, but I get the idea. Table Top games work and I do sponsor a Table Top games club at Front Range (BCC) we meet twice a week, a loose membership of 30+ with at least about 15 attending either on Tuesday or Thursday, D&D and MTG. We are getting other games to play, this is outside of class, but I am looking at building my own game (check out the slideshow -- right side of this page) there is a shot of "Decromancer" a program that will help you build a game similar to Magic the Gathering. I want to use it in my classes, but realize you have to have all the cards laid out and how they interact with the abilities before you build one. Slowed me down a bit. Maybe over the winter holiday break..

#6822926 ThereseEllis wrote:

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

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#6843027 Oct 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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Easy to see why you are on the advisory board! Amazing background and knowledge. I used Magic the Gathering, the interactive Forbidden City, War Hammer and a Second Life experience in Anthropology of Folklore two years ago. In Introduction to Chicano/a Studies two years ago we did gaming and augmented reality, we (with Kae's help and the other second life designers) we built a Day of the Dead world, Kae and I thought it should be wagon-wheel design, and the students came up with traditional square, we had a church you could go in. Due to time, there were pre-designed avatars like you would see in a Day of the Dead event, students went in identified each other and looked at everything, Kae was there and if they wanted something moved or changed she did that in real time. We then also build an altar at the Longmont Museum and Cultural center that had QR codes linking to Animotos for each student's part in the altar and why it was there [built another this year -- exhibit open through November 4, please check it out if you can]. We also were in a global educational conference presenting this in real time. They were mic-ed up and also text during that conference. The college has been so supportive, I just was notified that all four of my classes will be in the same computer room and we will be installing many additional games, etc., on those computers.

I want you to know how much I appreciate having all my classes in computer rooms these last three years, they research during class, help each other with programs as basic as power point for presentations. We use D2L in those F2F so heavily that all the paper I have in my hand at the end of the semester are the attendance sheets. Everything is turned through that shell.

A friend of mine, Pam Graves, teaches composition and she asked how to use gaming in her classes, if you could send me some suggestions through FRCC or post here, I would be deeply appreciative. I suggested handing out random MTG cards, I could give her lots of them (this was for an 090 class I think) and let them identify nouns, verbs, etc. in the abilities and flavor text.

PS the college still believes my name to be Cherriethel. Long story.

I am deep into Minecraft preparing for its inclusion in the MOOC in Spring or Summer, I would be interested in how you use it in your classes, is it downloaded on computers at college and students use the same computer or do they access it from home or what? Saving the worlds seems to be our problem, if you save it to a flash drive it is a "xitch" to re-load and all FRCC computers erase individual work when you sign off.


#6823500 Mind Erasure wrote:

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
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#6843087 Oct 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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Kae I had to think about this one. I will use the gaming in a community college. On twitter I am grasshopper98, in Second Life I am Mouze Warwillow, in War Hammer I am Diltronic, in StarTrekOnline I am Dilt (A Ferengi female starship captain), in Facebook I am Cherry Emerson [come check out what I do in real life]. I have always used gaming in my life to make it more interesting and to have retention of materials, since I am dyslexic I have problems with transposition of say, theory with the author or remembering in order the evolutionary process of humans and other primates. I have always had to figure out ways to present the material in new formats to myself to succeed. Growing up very isolated for the first 7-8 years of my life I entertained myself, I though everyone did. As I grew up I realized a lot of people were bored because they didn't use their imagination to entertain themselves. When I "fell into teaching" six years ago I quickly bored of lecturing over text book materials. As a matter of fact I took over a class where I had overnight notice, no syllabus and no book and no Desire2Learn shell.... never would happen now. So I gave the cultural anthropology class two choices. Take my purse (minus driver's license) or my car keys, and go through each one and come back and tell me all about your new instructor. They had a blast and I was off augmenting reality from that point on. Maverick in real life and it just is part of my being. I think immersion in comic books fueled it too, and gaming that was available. I played the first pong games in 1974 and just kept embracing that technology. I think driving race cars (drag and stock) was early "Grand Theft Auto" in real life (didn't steal them but it was competitive with BADGES [trophies] and I still have one from those days for a championship.

I will use any game I can find, but MTG, D&D, Minecraft, WarHammer, Second Life (this really isn't a game to me) and would use WoW the free levels if they would only download onto the FRCC computers and we had permission. I don't use games that require massive computers at home, some of my students don't have home computers or laptops, they use the public libraries or our learning lab computers. I would love to have a grant that let one of my classes have iPads or Toshiba Tablets for a semester or even let them keep it. Alas $$$.

I expect to teach more, they learn more and they have a good time doing it and they retain the material better than just lectures and a soon-to-be outdated video of some kind.

#6798644 kae wrote:

Hello There!

This is your introduction. Every hero needs a quest to begin the journey and inspire them when they are in the grips of grinding. So our question for you is:

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

Some things to include in your post are:

  • What level of Education are you thinking of using GBL for?
  • What types of games are you thinking about using?
  • How much experience do you have in gaming?
  • What are your expectations of GBL's affect on your students / clients?
  • Are you looking for collaborators?

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

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






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#6843161 Oct 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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Thank you so much for being on the advisory board, it is easy to see why they asked you to do this. This MOOC is growing so fast and getting such a warm reception that as I have said before, "it is like drinking from a fire hose" that you were thirsty but quickly become overwhelmed. I have to study every day on the internet, talk to people, increase my skills, think long-term future applications when I know what I might plan two years from now will be outdated and stale when I get there. This reminds me of working in High Tech Manufacturing and Just in Time (JIT) inventory, that you had no inventory on the shelves (saved money) and your parts arrived in such a timely manner they were used immediately and you sole-sourced your suppliers. We really "can't have things on the shelves" getting outdated when our competitors have moved to a new product embraced by the public. We have to make changes on a dime, have no turn-around-time, stay up to date with the fields, and quit thinking about building syllabi we can use for a year or two till "the new text comes out." Instructors who don't build absolutely new classes every semester will be left behind and students will lose.

Someone use to ask me something about the future and I use to joke, "How do you expect me to answer that, I don't even know what color the money will be?" Now it is "How do you expect me to tell you what technology I will be using in my classes in two years, I don't even know what the platforms will be?"

I think our biggest challenge is to work with our instructors to help them understand they are already gamifying their classes, they just don't realize it, the terminology used now is new to them, it is a new focal vocabulary, they need to be assisted in looking at how they teach and be able to identify the gamification components as well as how new technology will enhance what they are already doing. They might not jump into WoW but they can do augmented reality.

My mother taught 4th grade for 40 years (I swore I would never be a teacher), and when she taught percentages, she had them pick an old Denver Bears Baseball player and follow the averages, and see how they were computed, then she arranged for them to go to a ball game (she probably bought the tickets) and had made arrangements for the students to meet the players afterwards. They learned percentages.

I am taking my Chicano/a Studies class to Ft. Vasquez today (yes have the signed off field trip forms) and it is a tiny fort. I am hoping they see how small and really not defensible if seriously attacked, how it is strategically placed, what the fur trade meant to American Indians (Arapahoe and Cheyenne mostly) as well as the traders themselves. How the Spanish have been in this area for a long time. We will have a good social time too and get a pumpkin. This is kind of a reward for their hard work on the Day of the Dead altar at the Longmont museum. [exhibit open till Nov 4 and it is free, check it out if you can, we represented FRCC well and at zero cost to the college] I wish I could take them on a FRI- MON trip to New Mexico (Taos, Santa Fe) but no way to fund that. :(

I will be more active in the tweetchat, but I teach late that night, I am always there for the monday morning live feed on the YouTube channel, and sometimes on the Thursday nite youtube. I may go to the Second Life on that one. I do a lot with the Image Slideshow and Flickr. I do tweet to the #gamemooc.

Currently I am fighting to learn the live screen capture and how edit videos. Those learning curves are frustrating. _______________________/ Nothing for ever so long then the "ah ha" moment, I haven't had that "ah ha" moment yet in live screen capture/voice over through google hangout.

Again thank you for your support.
#6810092 Abacus wrote:

Hello everyone,

I am an Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education for community college level classes. I also teach Accounting, Business and Multimedia Graphic Design occasionally.

I am part of the advisory board for the Games Mooc. So my quest is to participate at various levels and give feedback to the Lead Instructor for future improvement of the MOOCs.

I've used lots of games in my community college level classes both face to face and online. I've used World of Warcraft, Karma Tycoon, Diner Dash, and many other games. I've always been a gamer starting with Pac Man, Centipede and Galaga and continuing to World of Warcraft, Rift and Second Life. I'm always looking for new ideas and collaborators.

Although I'm a regular participant in the Wednesday Tweetchats, I really do not use Social Media a lot. I occasionally tweet and blog at Center4EduPunx. (http://www.center4edupunx.org)

I also really love the synchronous Thursday hangouts as they are a lot of fun and we've had some great speakers.

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