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532: Barbarian Invasion Simulation

September 13, 2011 Justin 1.3: Instructional Strategies

Rules of the Game Form up to 4 groups. All prims must be physical. This is essential, because otherwise the collision detection won’t work, and the barbarians will pass right through. No prim can be larger than 2m x 2m x 2m. Plan on stacking your objects. Be aware that the barbarians will try to […]

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532: A Theoretical Model for Virtual Worlds in Weber School District

May 13, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

I’d like to implement virtual worlds in Weber School District. Hopefully, I’m in a position to actually steer things in this direction, and make it happen and get beneficial results. My concern with the implementation is that Second Life itself has a minimum age of 16. Great for high school kids, but it leaves out […]

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532: Making a Better World Through Games

April 6, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

In February 2010, Jane McGonigal gave a TED Talk on how gaming is not only a prominent feature of modern society, but an absolutely essential one. She cites statistics that demonstrate people become engaged in games more than any other activity, and follows up with an argument that has been echoed by educators interested in […]

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532: Engaging Learners Through Video Game Principles

February 5, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

In a TED Talk from 2010, Tom Chatfield describes seven aspects that lend to the creation of effective, engaging games. They can particularly be applied to how we learn in general. The video is shown below, and he starts describing the seven aspects around the 8:30 mark. These ideas apply directly to how learning-oriented games […]

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532: The Emotional Depth of Video Games

February 2, 2011 Justin Miscellaneous

Watch the 2006 TED talk by David Perry shown below, and ask yourself if you’ve ever been emotionally impacted by a video game. For me, the answer is clear. I still reflect fondly on the hours upon hours I spent playing and replaying my old adventure and otherwise plot-driven games like King’s Quest, Quest for […]

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