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Week 3 Fall

FUNction Junction laying out their board by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr

This week we are looking a F2F, hybrid and fully online Maker, Hacker and Gamer Events. Please start by looking at this week's slideshare and watching the overview video.

Then, let's look at some game, problem solving and hackathon events both F2F and virtual.

F2F Events

Marshmallow Challenge

One marshmallow, 20 pieces of spaghetti, 2 feet of string and 2 feet of tape placed in a brown paper bag.

I've led the Marshmallow Challenge five different times at educational events. This ranged from a in-service, to a state conference to ISTE.

You can modify time, ingredients and the discussion or debrief afterwards.
I have used it to discuss team building in classrooms, problem based learning, gamification and also to demonstrate and discuss fun, flow and fiero.

Marshmallow Challenge Website

Tongue-in-cheek debriefing of larger game based event where we used the Marshmallow challenge as an ice-breaker for a three hour leadership symposium.


This is a general description of a GameCamp held at Front Range Community College's Teaching and Learning with Technology conference.

At my college, I have been doing session on using games in the classroom, this year we decided to have our instructors make a game. I decided that a board game would be the most relevant and I also used it to illustrate the maker movement. So our conference room ended up looking very much like a makerspace.


November 1 and 2, CCCS had its first Hackathon. 25 students in 2 computer labs trying to fix an obvious flaw in the Learning Management System.

CCCS Hackathon

Online Events

Minecraft Challenge and Open Houses

In July, we setup two Minecraft server. The first one, GamesMOOC is a larger server that can hold up to 100 people. We only had one week to get it ready for the Open House we scheduled so we divided up the area and gave it to different people to build.

There are specific areas on it built by CCCOnline, Front Range Community College, rgMOOC, the Game MOOC, ISTE SIGVE and Inevtiable Instructors Guild.

July 13th Open House and video

We've followed up with an Open House for Connected Educator Month on October 26, 2013.

October 26th Open House video

The discussion is great, but it is long click on "show more" for a table of contents.

The second server is called 30Days. Its purpose is to be wiped clean every thirty days. We set this server up in September. The rgMOOC has since gone in and held a Minecraft building challenge.

Upcoming Events

These are events that the Games MOOC is either organizing or participating in. Please come to these events, or let us know it you'd like to help organize or publicize.

Minecraft, MMOs and More UnSymposium
December 6 and December 7

Friday, December 6
4 - 8 pm MT

Saturday, December 7
Noon - 6 pm MT

Event Brite Signup

Most session with be a panel or speaker over Google Hangout with livestreaming from Minecraft. We will be doing a building competition and have our servers open during the UnSymposium.


Hour of Coding

Two of our collaborators will be holding online coding events as professional development for educators.
Computer Science Week December 9 - 15, 2013.

SIGVE (Special Interest Group - Virtual Environments)
Tuesday, December 10 at 6 pm MT in Second Life
The focus of this event will be linden scripting which is similar to javascript.

Inevitable Betrayers Educators' Gaming Guild
Making Macros for World of Warcraft
Date and Time TBA


So after you're done looking going through the material, what do you do?

Go into the Discussion Forum and get involved!

Also come to the synchronous sessions and discuss live, post what you think in the forums, participate in the #gamemooc tweetchats on Wednesday, and then this weekend go on a field trip to a Hackathon or Maker event in your area and report back!

Starting on November 25th, we be looking at 5 questlines and based on feedback may be changing one or two topics!