This has to be one of my favorite TedTalks in a while. Great points and new ideas. Dr. McGonigal is behind a number of the most notable alternate reality games and works as director of game research & development for the Institute for the Future. Her current project, EVOKE, embodies the theory behind her talk by engaging participants in a “10-week crash course in changing the world.”
Here are some quick links to resources I talked about in the session at Messalonskee Middle School on December 3, 2009.
Games to try out
- The Battle for Westnoth
- Fantastic Contraption
- Darfur is Dying
- Free Rice
- Fold It!
- Club Penguin
- Google Image Labeler
- Second Life
- UMaine OpenSim
- Virtual Maine in ReactionGrid
Books to read
- Don’t Bother Me Mom–I’m Learning!
- What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
- Good Video Games and Good Learning: Collected Essays on Video Games, Learning and Literacy
- How Computer Games Help Children Learn
- Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do
Other Good Resources
Dr. Ruben Puentedura also has a series of great lecture entitled Game and Learn: An Introduction to Educational Gaming, availalble through iTunesU. (you will need iTunes installed on your computer.)
- Videos and good reading material about using games as learning vehicles
Other Learning with Games Sites
- Social Impact Games
- BrainMeld – Bridging the Gap Between Gaming and Education
- The Education Arcade
- GamerDad – A blog about gaming with children
- Serious Games Initiative
- Serious Games Wikipedia Entry
- Brain Fitness Wikipedia Article
Here are some quick link to resources I talked about in the session at Old Town high.
Here is the presentation: