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Are educational games a fata morgana?

I thought we were over the games are only good for entertainment but then I bump into (game) researchers that insist that games are only good for fun… They don’t see any proof that games can learn. I mean how ignorant can people be. It would probably be more precise to say that we need proof that games are NOT about learning. All games ultimately involve some kind of mastery, progression and learning (not including cheap gamification marketing stunt examples) – that is the very fabric of a game. The question has never been whether you can learn from games but rather what things they are better for learning and under what circumstances. For example teaching 300 page textbook chronology of history facts will never be the favorite flavor for games medium. Rather we should looks to learning systems, patterns, mechanics, procedures etc.

Give me strength because though know not what they are saying.

Posted in Discussion GBL, Research.


Playing History Vikings Hits Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight

UPDATE: Our Kickstarter for Playing History: Vikings now have a demo to go with it – see it here: http://playinghistory.eu/demo/ph_vikings.html

We are using Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight to get Playing History on to the radar of more people. The Greenlight is already going pretty well, and we are half way to the top100. Kickstarter is just getting started but you can really help by liking or donating. .

Support the campaing:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/playinghistory/playing-history-vikings

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New report on educational media use

Excellent stats in there that shows that we are still a long way behind television in realizing the potential of video games.

Get the report for free here. 

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New site – Games & Learning

Check out new site – have loads of interesting content on games and learning.

Posted in News, Research.


International conference on Play and games in Denmark, Aarhus.

CounterPlay is an international festival of play and games that takes place in Aarhus, Denmark on the 3th and 4th of April 2014.

CounterPlay is a tribute to and an exploration of the many ways, in which a more playful approach can help us live better lives. We focus on the excitement, intense engagement and rich experiences of people involved in all kinds of playing experiences. This sparks an investigation of how play can be transformative, change our thinking, push our boundaries and lead us places, we never imagined

http://www.counterplay.org

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Kan spil revolutionere vores virksomhed? [ONLY DANISH]

Oplev en af de mest interessante og indflydelsesrige forskere i Danmark gratis på IT-Universitet København.

 

Kan spil revolutionere vores virksomhed?

- Jane McGonigal kommer til Danmark.

Gartner vurderer at 80 pct. af Global1000 virksomhederne i 2015 har introduceret spil som den væsentlige mekanisme i deres forretningsudvikling.

Jane McGonigal er verdenskendt skaber af Alternate Reality spil-  eller spil designet til at løse reelle problemer og forbedre spillernes virkelige liv.

Blandt de resultater, Jane har opnået i de seneste år kan nævnes: Anderkendelsen som et af Fast Company s 100 mest kreative forretningsmennesker. The New York Times ‘ Top 10 Forskere med de bedste vision for fremtiden , og en af Oprah Winfrey’s 10 mest inspirerende kvinder i verden .

Hun opnåede sin PhD på UC Berkeley for sin forskning i spil-psykologi spil og er forfatter til The New York Times bestselleren ” Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World ”

Hendes forskning er for nylig blevet offentliggjort i Harvard Business Review og af MIT Press. Hun er den første spil designer inviteret til at levere en forelæsning på World Economic Forums årsmøde i Davos. Hendes klassiske TED talk ” spil kan skabe en bedre verden ” er rangeret # 16 all-time , lige foran Bill Gates.

Nu kommer hun til Danmark.

Tidligere dette år blev hun udnævnt som den 26. mest magtfulde person i spilleindustrien, en plads foran administrerende direktør for Angry Birds . Hendes mission i livet er at se en spiludvikler vinde en Nobelpris .

Flere og flere ledere får øjnene op for spils værdifulde elementer der kan bruges til medarbejdermotivation, læring, dataanalyse, forskning og strategiudvikling. På fredag har du muligheden for at lade dig inspirere af den eksklusive gæstetaler med et gratis formiddagsseminar afholdt på ITU i København.

D. 22. November kl 10: ITU, København, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 København S

Deltagelse er gratis. Tilmelding nødvendig. Til anne@innonetlifestyle.com Med overskriften ”Gamification Fredag”. Angiv Navn og firma.

Program

10:00 Ankomst og velkomst

10:30 Reality is Broken, ved Jane McGonigal

11:30 Afsluttende kommentarer og fremvisning af danske cases på spil anvendt i ledelsen

Seminaret er arrangeret af Innonetlifestyle i partnerskab med Visuel Vækst og Dansk Erhverv.

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Streamlining in process

We are getting ready to launch our products in a new and updated versions, where they have been streamlined.

First test will be a small Norwegian conference – if you happy to be in the Oslo vicinity next week look us up.

 

Posted in News.


Signs of a maturing space = Meta-studies?

It seems that we are seeing a new interesting in trying to compile knowledge on games and learning. Recently, a new was one released on teachers’ perception.

http://www.gamesandlearning.org/2013/11/05/teachers-report-growing-interest-persistent-skepticism-about-games/

Also, a major new report from EU came out here:

http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6579

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2nd Games and Learning Alliance (GaLA) international conference

Dassault Systemes will host the 2nd Games and Learning Alliance (GaLA) international conference (www.galaconf.org). The conference will be chaired by Alessandro De Gloria, who is full professor of electronic engineering at the University of Genoa, president of the Serious Games Society (www.seriousgamessociety.org) and coordinator of the Game and Learning Alliance  (GaLA) (www.galanoe.eu), European Union 7th Framework Programme Network of Excellence (NoE) dedicated to Serious Games, that are computer games ad-hoc designed for education and training.

 

The conference will take place at the Dassault Paris Vélizy Campus from Wednesday October 23rd to Friday October 25th.

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Slides from Serious play

If you didn’t happen to stumble over it or be present here are some cool stuff from Serious Play conferences – for examples slides on games in prisons. Check it out here.

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