In-Depth Game Reviews: Mathblaster

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes When I was working on my PhD (2003-2008), I found it very hard to find any decent reviews of educational games. There are plenty of reasons for this, including: Teachers aren’t, for the most part, gamers and so really have … Continue reading

All Simulations are Educational????

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve had more than one educator tell me that they thought all simulations were educational. If you are looking at simulations designed to be educational, then, sure – it’s a tautology. But coming from CS and having some experience with … Continue reading

Attention Educators: Serious Games is NOT equal to Educational Games

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is Ben Sawyer‘s latest talk – a Google Tech Talk If you are one of those people who believes that Serious Games is synonymous with Educational Games, you should watch this. It will give you a pretty good idea … Continue reading

Why Educators Need to Learn About Simulations (and Games)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Simulations (and games) are once again ‘hot’ in education – remember the “Edutainment Era” of the 80’s? Everyone seemed to think that the way to make “learning fun” was to wrap it up in some lame game. Educational Technologists and … Continue reading

Why Educational Games are still boring…

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the things I keep coming up against again and again is the ‘language’ problem. Having come from computer science and only recently introduced to ‘formal’ education (I”ve been teaching at university for ~30 years), I was at first … Continue reading

My New DS XL

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute A lot of people are talking about how the new ipad might revolutionize schools… I’m not sure it’s ready for school: It is not durable enough – you need to be able to drop it. In a puddle. On the … Continue reading

Deconstruction and Takeaways (games)

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes 5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education Nice article. via 5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education. The author suggests we might … Continue reading

Global Game Jam is this weekend

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute http://www.globalgamejam.org/ Live video can be found at http://www.globalgamejam.be/livewall/ The local Calgary site begins at about 4 PM today; others have started, of course, as the various time zones join up. Be the first to like. Like Unlike … Continue reading