Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gaming and Learning: Part One

Taxonomy for Gaming and Learning is located at

Gaming and Learning, Part I

The following are highlights from the Gaming and Learning Professional Development Course Part-I. (Participants – if you need the PPT and did not receive it, let me know.)

Basic resources for Gaming:

New Tool – Can it make our lives more mobile? It does support social networking and gaming on the go:

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) to Learning
Second Life
Teen Second Life
Club Penguin
Bang Howdy
Half Life – Excellent physics generator uses real world physics
StarWars Combine
StockMarket Game
Amazon Interactive
Hell in Vietnam
Art of Murder FBI Confidential

Simulations are another type of gaming and have been used for years. Looking at simulations is exciting because we are beginning to see more and more virtual laboratories appear.

A simulation is an imitation of some real thing, state of affairs, or process. The act of simulating something generally entails representing certain key characteristics or behaviours of a selected physical or abstract system.
Two Types
· Downloadable
· Online

Simulation Game Examples:
Molecular Aspects of Thermal Conductivity
Cosmic Quest
Paper Airplane
Shape Surveyor
The Bulling Game
Stop Disasters
Quest Atlantis
Restaurant Game Project
Robot Constructor
Making History Game
Material Worlds Simulator
NASA Science Simulations
Growing Scientist Virtual Labs
Ph Factor
Rice Lab Simulations
Frog Dissection
Interactive Solar System
DumpTown Recycling
Design Your own Satellite
Science Lab and Simulations

Some Basic Resources:
Virtual Worlds News
Shih’s Mobile Learning Model
Simulator Download
Free MMOR’s
90+ Social Game Sites
Basic Interactive Activities

Again these are just some of the highlight I am posting as per your request. We will be going much further into these areas when we meet for Part II. Reminder: We will NOT be meeting on 9/26. Our next class will be in October. It is tentatively set for 10/10 and we are waiting for a room confirmation. Upon confirmation, I will send all participants an email.

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