Educational Videogames and Other Repeats

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Far too many educational games out there are nothing more than template games skinned with educational content. I wonder why people make these kinds of games. Is it because they are easy to design, or do they really not understand what … Continue reading

Gamification: Are Badges and Points Enough? Will Monetary Rewards Fix It?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Badges, points, and leaderboards: Is Gamification good or bad? The short answer is: YES. Part of the problem is that some people who are jumping on the gamification bandwagon don’t actually know much about games. Like a great many other … Continue reading

Quickie Game Review: Ice cream game

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve been checking out a lot of games recently for various reasons, and it occurred to me that I should keep a record of them. I’m putting them here because they might be of use to someone else too.. Ice … Continue reading

Decorative Media Trap Example: The Elements: A Visual Exploration

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute The Elements: A Visual Exploration. Looks great. Basically a picture book. You’d think that for the price ($13.99) it would be more interactive and that it would include everything one would normally need from a table of elements – like … Continue reading

A Stellar Example of Ed vs. Fun: Virtual Frog Dissection

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes I was looking at a “Top Ten Best of” list today. There are dozens, if not hundreds of these. It’s rarely made clear why or how the people posting these lists are qualified to judge, nor is it usually explained … Continue reading

The Decorative Media Principle in Action

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes There are thousands (maybe even millions) of examples of the Decorative Media Principle out there in the Internets. The Decorative Media Principle involves creating a visually pleasing background and other decorations for a worksheet, website, etc. that is usually thematically … Continue reading

The Decorative Media Principle

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve been looking around at a lot of educational sites and I keep running into the same thing. Many of them LOOK nice – I mean: they have nice colours, cute or otherwise appealing characters and graphics; some of them … Continue reading

Designing Things You Don’t Understand

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Just because you use some application or piece of software does not mean you know it. There is a reason why race car drivers often start out as (professional or amateur) mechanics: In order to get the best performance out … Continue reading