Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

Nov 15, 18 Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

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This week, KUED, a local PBS station premiered a new documentary titled Battle Over Bears Ears that looks at the fight over the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that was created by President Obama and later dismantled by President Trump.  As one might expect, the issue is much more complicated than a two-sided...

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Playing with Power: An Alternative World War 2 Role Play

Aug 29, 18 Playing with Power: An Alternative World War 2 Role Play

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Michelle Low is an educator with an interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Science background who spends her time outside of lecture rooms, tweeting and blogging about gaming and pedagogy, watching gameplay, and researching and writing about Ancient Egypt Reception Studies and archaeogaming.   Imagine an alternate universe...

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Videogames and Memory

Mar 20, 18 Videogames and Memory

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Public Memory is a concept that is intertwined with history in many different ways, so it’s no surprise that memory is a theme that has come up over and over again here on Play the Past.   Memory and videogame intersect in a number of different ways, from prompting us to reflect on the memories of real events to using...

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Another detour to the shores of Lake Mendota

Jun 12, 13 Another detour to the shores of Lake Mendota

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I’m here in lovely Madison, along with such luminaries as Jeremiah McCall (I was lucky enough to catch up with him over a beer [well, more than one] last night) at Games+Learning+Society 9.0. Before happy hour, yesterday, at the Playful Learning Summit that kicked things off this year, my colleague Steve Slota and I did our...

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Let’s Use Toys to Teach about Playing in the Past!

Feb 27, 13 Let’s Use Toys to Teach about Playing in the Past!

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The other week when I was teaching a lovely group of 7th graders, I demonstrated how a colonial buzz saw toy works. Grasping both handles firmly, I spun the toy’s wheel around its string a few times and then firmly pulled the handles away from the wheel. I let the string unwind and then repeated this motion – spinning,...

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