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FB Science Games 

Farmville has now surpassed 80 Million monthly active users! That means that 1.2% of the WORLD's population is playing this game. This is a strong statement toward the popularity and power of social networks. Even more when Zynga, farmville creators, launched a special fund raising campaign for Earth Quake relief in Haiti, Farmville gamers donated more …

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MEGs Multi Player Educational Game Tournaments 

Tabula Digita, an educational game design company, responsible for the DimensionM online multiplayer math game series, has been hosting MEGABOWL events bringing elementary and middle school students against their classmates and students from other schools to compete in game tournaments. Tabula Digita has staged tournaments in New York City, Austin, Texas, and other locations where …

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NARST News I: Supercharged for Pre-service Teachers 

Today I am blogging from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conference in Philadelphia. I am at a presentation by Janice Anderson and Mike Barnett which deals with a pre service teacher experience to develop physics content knowledge using the game Supercharged! So the pre service teachers are acting as students learning …

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Trends of Game Play Effects on the Brain 

This article features the multi-institutional study, from the journal Cerebral Cortex where researchers found they were able to predict performance in a video game simply by measuring the volume of specific structures in the brain. This study tells us a lot about how the brain works when it is trying to learn a complex task. We …

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Win $25,000 Creating a Facebook Learning App! 

A non-profit organization called Hidden Agenda has started another round of a development competition of creating online facebook games for learning. Win $25K in cold hard cash by creating a better way to teach a high school subject - on Facebook! Get creative. Blow away the competition! The best example of fun and effective "social …

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DiGra Conference Recap 

OVERVIEW & TRENDS I was able to attend the DiGRA '09 (Digital Games Research Association) Conference in London and wanted to post a recap of some of the events. DiGRA is an association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. As it was a games conference, game play during the event was …

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MOVE: Games as Art 

I recently attended a session at a conference by Andrew Hieronymi, (bio) whose recent work focuses on the boundaries between games and art in physical environments. He is currently a professor of Interactive Design and Game Development at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. The particular project he presented was called <a …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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