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Breakfast of Champions at G4C 

The first event of the second day of the Games for Change (G4C) conference featured two giants of academia. The James Gee and Henry Jenkins conversation was dubbed the ultimate breakfast and they were the bacon and eggs of the AM. The main focus of their conversation revolved around technology enriched learning communities. Some of …

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Games4Change.09 

I recently attended the Games4Change (G4C) conference in New York, to present a poster that was part of the advanced video game design course I took this past semester. Our class wrote grants for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation challenge Games for Health. The group I was in came up with a mobile intervention game …

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VisTrails 

A new suite of tools to represent complex data sets VisTrails is a product of a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported project that takes on the challenge of organizing complex data sets into accurate and cohesive pictures. Vistrails was developed by University of Utah's Julianna Freire and Claudio Silva, both computer science associate. It is …

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Beat Bullying! 

The UK has recently launched a nationwide campaign using shocking art depictions to get the message out that cyberbullying is a serious issue, and that social networking could be a be a promising avenue for change. Bullying prevention charity Beatbullying worked with advertising agency M&C Saatchi as well as youth to create a series of …

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Game Bucket 

A new application that connects New York State standards with games? Earlier this month the Institute of Play announced the release of the Game Bucket, an online tool that maps New York state learning standards to a library of digital and non-digital games. This project aims to provide educators, students and parents with a selection …

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Quest2Learn (Q2L) a Game-Design Inspired School in NYC 

slide show for the Q2L school This fall Manhattan will become home to a design and innovation school for digital kids called Quest to Learn. The school is founded by the Institute of Play here in New York and also in collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools, The Center for Transformative Media at The …

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JumpStart 

" In 2011, an estimated 20 million children, or more than 50 percent of all Internet users ages 3 to 17, will be visiting virtual worlds" -Daily Breeze Based on this internet trend, companies are following suit and creating more of these environments for children. On March 10th Knowledge Adventures, the leader in adventure-based learning …

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Play Test: The Binary Game 

This is the final game that will be posted in preparation for the seminar this week. It's called 'The Binary Game'. The game is created by Cisco systems, a company founded by Stanford graduates that is leading the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. The game is based on the binary numbering system which is …

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Play Test: Physics Drawing Games 

This week in preparation for the upcoming seminar on Game Design on March 4th, members of EdLab's Development & Research group who are working on games research will be posting some online free games for you to play. This will allow the audience at the seminar to have some similar play experiences that we can …

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Surface Apps 

As there has been a stir about mobile apps recently at the lab, I wanted to open up the discussion around 'surface apps' that are being developed for touch tables such as the Microsoft Surface. I have found a video that introduces some apps for the Microsoft Surface and suggests some of the uses and …

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Global Game Jam 

This past weekend I took part in an event known as the ‘Global Game Jam’. As promised it provided an innovative intense design challenge experience, which lead to the creation of video games! The competition started on Friday evening when the ‘team’ building activity event began by allowing programmers, designers, artists and gamers alike to …

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Achieve3000 Session at the Lab 

As apart of the EdLab's ongoing Adaptive Learning research we had the pleasure of having Anne Kel-Artinian, a Development Manager and Director of New Product Design for the Achieve3000 team, come and conduct an abbreviated orientation session on the products KidBiz and TeenBiz. This piece features a summary of our session as well as an …

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Game Jam at TC 

Anyone interested in a weekend of creating games with both professional and amateur game designers? For the first time TC is hosting an event at the end of January called Global Game Jam - which is part of the larger Global Game Jam project. TC's event will be part of the epic 48-hour event and …

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Game Theory / Play Money 

Last month I attended a panel put on by DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) that was hosted by the Columbia Business School called Game Theory / Play Money. It was comprised of two panel sessions, the first featuring a handful of academics involved in different roles within the gaming community while the second portion focused …

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Liberating Pixels 

"Pixels from the very beginning have been oppressed- lined up in rows, confined in frames, rigidly strictly programmed and it doesn't have to be that way!" A claim made by William Mitchell, at the MIT Media Lab where work being done with Urban Pixels is exploring the possibilities of the function of a 'picture element' …

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Adaptive Learning Tools 

In my search of adaptive learning products I came across the following two products that are of interest. Technology and Learning Magazine cited both the the Active3000 series and SmartHelp by Apangea Learning as recipients of their award of excellence last year. These two products are marketed as 'differentiated instruction' technology for students through tutoring. …

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Grading with Games 

In response to our recent session on the future projects of edlab along with some of my own research and interest I found this great interview with Arizona State Professor, and games enthusiast James Paul Gee on one of my favorite education sites called edutopia (George Lucas' education site) . The entire interview is 11 …

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The Big Bang Machine 

If you haven't heard of CERN's experiment being dubbed the 'biggest science experiment' in history, I think it's worth checking out. A particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) is essentially going to recreate, within human experimental limitations, the conditions of the beginning of our universe, the Big Bang. It will accomplish this by sending …

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A New Kind of Soda 

This new type of soda can quench your thirst for creations! The website called sodaplay is a platform for creation and collaboration through creating models. Designers create and share for free online. I came across this tool in one of my classes last year whereby one of sodaplay’s applications was serving as a form of …

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Dance Dance Revolution Hijacked 

As I was searching for information on Adaptive Learning Technologies I found an article about a professor at the University of North Carolina who is doing some innovative work, taking existing programs- like games- and adapting them for disabled children. Specifically computer science professor Gary Bishop headed up a team of software engineering students and revamped …

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