Category Archives: Authentic Games & PBL

Oregon Trail on the iPad

One of the games I purchased for the iPad was Oregon Trail, a historical adventure game based on traveling west on the Oregon Trail. I was intrigued by this game because this is one of the few games based on … Continue reading

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New Media Seminar Week 9: Obsession in the Classroom?

This week’s reading was on Video Games and Computer Holding Power by Sherry Turkle, which summarizes her ethnographic observations of game players from 1984. I thought was thoughtful in that it pointed out that gaming wasn’t mindless, but pointed out … Continue reading

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Sloan-C ALN: Trends and Highlights

I went to my first Sloan-C ALN conference last week somewhere in central Florida near some lovely historic towns and lovely lakeside scenery. Location aside, I found the Sloan-C conference interesting because it is appealing to a wide audience from … Continue reading

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Colored Stickers and the IRB

Just had an interesting discussion with the IRB board (the good kind of interesting) about how to establish consent for observing a class activity. One of our current Educational Gaming Commons projects involves converting a face-to-face game to an online … Continue reading

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Fran├ža Ant├írtica: A Forgotten Colonial Era Brought to Life

From: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52337 A development team from the UFF (Federal Fluminense University) in Brazil has created an action-adventure video game which brings a forgotten era, France’s attempt to establish the colony of “French Anartica” near modern Rio de Janeiro to life. … Continue reading

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Play the Moron Test

I’ve been trying to review games for the iPad, but one that’s a classic on both the iPhone and the iPad is the Moron Test by DistinctDev. It’s popular enough to have both a Facebook page and a set of … Continue reading

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iPad – Bigger is Better

I was finally able to obtain an iPad this week, and already I am in love with it. I’ll try not to overlap too much with comments from my colleagues Jeff Swain, Cole Camplese and other satisfied users. My main … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Foreign Language Games

I’m at the CALICO conference on using technology with foreign language instruction, and this year, games and virtual worlds are a big theme. There’s lots of experimentation with Second Life, custom virtual worlds and role-playing games for foreign language practice. … Continue reading

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Games on iTouch > iPad?

I’m still figuring out how to acquire an iPad, but I am reviewing my favorite games on iTouch (see below) and figuring out how iPad could improve or dis-improve games. My Critical Needs for an iTouch/iPad Game Easy Tapping – … Continue reading

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Plants vs. Zombies – It Really is Combat Training

Obviously when you work with gaming issues, you will run into a game that is addictive and just plain fun…but is there an “educational use”? Let me introduce you to Plants vs. Zombies. a game in which you defend your … Continue reading

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