Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

Jun 21, 16 Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

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E3, The Electronic Entertainment Expo, was just last week, so there’s quite a bit of videogame news circulating about the internets right now.  Amid the waves of game trailers and press releases, most of us could be forgiven for not knowing that during the hubbub of the convention, a number of scholars and educators held a...

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Games as Text and K12 Social Studies

Jan 01, 14 Games as Text and K12 Social Studies

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I’m often asked by colleagues who know my interest in games in education to suggest a game students can play that will teach them some particular set of knowledge or skills. “Do you know any iPad games that can teach quadratic equations?,” or “Has anyone made a game about conjugating Spanish verbs?” While these games may...

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Capricious Fate: Videogames as Tools for Moral Instruction

Nov 13, 13 Capricious Fate:  Videogames as Tools for Moral Instruction

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We often treat serious games as a relatively recent or unexpected development.  Certainly there is still a fair amount of hype about the potential practical uses of videogames, particularly in the realm of education.  While such discourses of progress and potential are certainly not unfounded, it is important to remember that...

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Troubleshooting a History Through Gaming Course

Jul 18, 12 Troubleshooting a History Through Gaming Course

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It’s summertime, and while that doesn’t automatically mean I have nothing to do but lounge around all the time in workout gear watching Food Network cooking shows and tweeting about it, it usually means I have a bit more time and headspace to mull over new ideas than I do during the hectic academic year. This summer is no...

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Spatial Storytelling

Jun 27, 12 Spatial Storytelling

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Locations carry a great deal of narrative potential for us, even in everyday life. Locations carry meaning in themselves and communicate temporal significance through their changes. Certain places evoke particular memories of times that were different. When one goes back to their hometown after an extended time away, we...

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