Game Based Learning 2010 – Recap: Day 1

Upside Learning

I attended the two day conference on Game Based Learning held earlier this week in London. The delegate strength suggests increasing interest in game based learning, which is nice. It will also feature an industry first game based learning awards!

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GBL 2010 – Recap (Day 2 Part 1): Serious Games

Upside Learning

So I had to rely on the session videos put up on Game Based Learning website and my own notes from the sessions. After day 1 at the Game Based Learning conference I was looking forward to another great day. I headed straight to the session titled “Getting Serious about Games”.

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April 2010 Monthly Roundup: 10 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

We talked on various topics in April – from LMS to Augmented Reality, from Games to AS 3.0 5 Good TED Talks On Games. 5 interesting talks from TED’s past, focusing on games. With 29 new posts, April has been the most active month on our blog.

Educational Games for the Classroom

Kapp Notes

Here is a list of educational games that can be used to teach kids during the school year or over the summer break. Here are some games based on Nobel Prize winning research. These games cover the topics of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, peace and economics.

The big question: predictions for 2010

Clive on Learning

The Big Question for January in the Learning Circuits Blog is, rather predictably, what are your predictions for 2010? In 2010, the pressure will reduce in many areas of the private sector, as the economy starts to recover and fear ceases to drive decision making.

Fun Moments at ASTD 2010 Conference Captured on Video

Kapp Notes

Had a great time at ASTD 2010 conference, saw lots of friends and made some new ones. So we created a fun little "snippet" of some of my fun and exciting experiences at the show. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

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Moving Games Forward

Kapp Notes

Here is an interesting whitepaper called Moving Learning Games Forward: Obstacles, Opportunities and Openness written by Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterweil, and Katie Salen with contributions by Jason Haas, Jennifer Groff and Dan Roy and right out of the Education Arcade.

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5 Good TED Talks On Games

Upside Learning

As games continue to establish themselves into our daily lives, the future as we know it will not be the same. Below are a few interesting talks from TED’s past, focusing on games, which are sure to get you thinking. Jesse Schell: When games invade real life.

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Adding Social To Learning Games

Upside Learning

As our services in game design and development advance, we’re often asked how ‘social gaming’ paradigms can be used in learning games. I’ve been doing some thinking about social games; what makes them tick. It seems manipulative, but social games do it all the time.

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Games To Gamification

Learnnovators

Slowly, as the human species evolved, (around 70,000 to 80,000 years ago), they started hunting small game. The word ‘game’ here means any animal hunted for food. The term game was used as a medieval hunting terminology in the late 13th century.

Educational Game Trailers

Kapp Notes

Here are some educational game trailers that show a combination of video game-type interfaces with educational content. This, I believe, is the tip of the iceberg in terms of what can be made available and how video games can tie to educational standards.

The Metaverse Journal's 2010 Virtual World Predictions

Kapp Notes

Here are ten predictions about virtual worlds in Australia and beyond made by The Metaverse Journal in an article simply titled Virtual worlds predictions for 2010. Check it out and see how accurate they were last year, 2009 predictions review What are your virtual world predictions for 2010? __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Good Games and Good Learning

Kapp Notes

James Paul Gee, who writes prolifically about video games for learning, has a paper out titled Good Video Games and Good Learning. You should check it out yourself but here are a few points from the 14 he lists in the article related to the learning principles good games incorporate.

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eLearning Conferences 2010

Tony Karrer

link] January 2010 January 3-4, 2010 New Presidents Program , sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, Marco Island, Florida, USA. link] January 3-6, 2010 International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDC), Kolkata, India. link] February 22-23, 2010.

Keynoting Texas Community College Technology Forum 2010

Kapp Notes

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Community Colleges of the Future. Is your community college prepared for the new breed of learner – a learner raised on a steady diet of video games, electronic gadgets, and Smartphones? Can’t imagine how anyone would integrate video games and Twitter to teach, recruit and enroll students? Explore the influence of games, virtual worlds and Web 2.0

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Tween's Playing Online Games Like Never Before

Kapp Notes

Tween's playing a video game. In 2007, when children's marketing research firm KidSay asked boys what virtual worlds or online games they had visited in the past two weeks, 35 percent of boys aged 8 to 11 replied "none." 91% of tween boys and 93% of tween girls play games online.

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Top 50 eLearning Posts For 2010

Upside Learning

So we thought it would be interesting to look back upon the Upside Learning blog for some of the most popular and noteworthy posts of 2010. Here are Upside Learning’s Top 50 eLearning Posts of 2010. 5 Good TED Talks On Games. 5 Lessons From Learning Game Development.

3 Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

Continuing my unintended series of posts about Learning Games , I’m moving the focus to some game mechanics I try to include every time I try to design a game that’s meant for learning. When designing a learning game, you’ll want to build these mechanics into the design.

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Seeking Middle School Teacher Educational Game Testers

Kapp Notes

The instructional video game we are creating as part of the model is aimed at middle school students in technical educational programs. Here is a video providing an overview of the game. 3D worlds Games video games

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November 2010 Monthly Roundup: 5 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

Five Lessons From Learning Game Development. Lists and explains 5 lessons that we have learnt from our experience in learning game development.

Reflections on ISPI 2010

Clark Quinn

And, of course, Thiagi and others talked about story and games. Early in the year, I gave a presentation online to the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI (the international society for performance improvement), and they rewarded me with a membership. A nice gesture, I figured, but little more (only a continent away). To my benefit, I was very wrong.

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Good Games, Good Learning

Upside Learning

The paper describes a Professor of Reading’s teachers experience and learning from playing digital games and describes some of the learning principles good games incorporate. Then the game reacts back, giving the player feedback and new problems.

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2 More Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

As I mentioned in my previous post , we’re continuing to explore game mechanics that are apt for learning. While I mentioned three that are a ‘must-include’ in a learning game, the ones I’m about to mention two that aren’t quite at that level.

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Research to Practice: Games and Simulations

Kapp Notes

The Role of Games and Simulations In Learning. Trainees’ gain higher confidence in applying learning from a training session to their job when the training is simulation game based. 2010) A meta-analytic examination of the effectiveness of computer-based simulation games.

Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

Over so often I get asked what fundamentals of game design apply to the design of learning games – a very difficult question to answer that. Playing video games is one obvious way to imbibe the essential philosophy of digital games and the varied game-play mechanics.

Music for Games and e-Learning

eLearning Cyclops

If you are looking for music for your e-learning or educational games, I have a resource for you - mOsno. The right music can add great depth and emotion to e-learning and especially games. games Audio Misc.

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IDC India – Games Vs Simulations

Upside Learning

I’ll be making an online presentation about the fundamental differences between games and simulation at 11:00 AM IST on 24th April, 2010. I’ll also attempt to provide some guidance on which performance-content context (a’la Merrill) would work well for games and simulations.

Why Games Make Great Learning Solutions

Bottom-Line Performance

Finally – I have time to write a blog post about some of the wonderful stuff I’m immersed in at DevLearn 2010. Probably my favorite sessions today revolved around games in learning. Jerry Bush, the “game guy&# for Cisco shared what Cisco is doing with learning games – and it’s really impressive. R (Relevance) – a well-designed game will appeal to learners’ current interests and they will get the connection.

Top Game Lists from Others: Best and Worst

Kapp Notes

So, from the video game perspective, here are some ideas. Here is the list of top ten most disappointing games of 2010 found at Wired. site check out 5 Worst Video Games of 2010. Here is a list of top ten video game awards from msnbc. What are the best and worst of 2010? Content Guide Games video gamesSo its the time of year to talk about best and worst. Worst.

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Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

In 2010, the RCAT market continued its upswing and nothing indicates to me it will be changing anytime soon. 2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). I said it when it game out and I will repeat it again. Game Changer! Game based learning. Market Trends Update 2010. Support for Office 2010.

2010 Predictions for Learning and Technology at eLearn Mag

Kapp Notes

Predictions for 2010 Check of the predications and add your own! Virtual Immersive Environments (VIEs) for corporate use will gain additional traction in 2010 with some major announcements concerning integration with more traditional enterprisewide software systems such as MS SharePoint. VIEs will begin to pull out of the trough toward the fourth quarter of 2010 as productive uses of these worlds begin to be exploited.

Google Goes Gaming?

Kapp Notes

There have been a number of interesting development in term of Google and social game purchases and game related initiatives. Google Buys Slide for $182 Million, Getting More Serious about Social Games* Google has invested between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming company Zynga. Zynga is a network of gaming applications built off of classic games like Poker, Battleship, and Attack! Tags: Games industry

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Obesity Prevention Utilizing Internet Game-based Learning

Web Courseworks

First Lady, Michelle Obama’s interest in obesity prevention has put this topic on many educators’ radar screens. My company, Web Courseworks, has assisted the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s (CHW) efforts to teach healthy behaviors to children via eLearning since 2002.

BP Spill NOT Fun and Games.but games could help

Kapp Notes

Cover of board game that outlined possible disaster scenarios. In the 1970's a board game called Offshore Oil Strike was created by BP and it has a number of elements related to the current spill situation. Too bad no BP executives ever played that game.

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Five Lessons From Learning Game Development

Upside Learning

We’ve had our fair share of digital learning game development projects; and a recent one threw a spoke in our design wheels like never before. Be absolutely certain about the game objective; what must the player do to win? –

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Using games to help people learn

Bottom-Line Performance

This is a must-try for anyone who wants to explore alternate-reality games (probably one of the more highly complex forms of game play to create!). This game starts TODAY, October 7th, and it’s an experiment funded by the Robert Wood Foundation. The goal of the game is to see if the community can pool together ideas to begin to identify cures for neurological diseases – a group of diseases that cost our country billions – and devastate the lives of millions.

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Why Games Make Great Learning Solutions

Bottom-Line Performance

Finally – I have time to write a blog post about some of the wonderful stuff I’m immersed in at DevLearn 2010. Probably my favorite sessions today revolved around games in learning. Jerry Bush, the “game guy&# for Cisco shared what Cisco is doing with learning games – and it’s really impressive. R (Relevance) – a well-designed game will appeal to learners’ current interests and they will get the connection.