Since 2008 Jennifer Ann's Group has been preventing teen dating violence through video games. Our "Life.Love. Game Design Challenge" rewards game developers for creating video games about teen dating violence (TDV) without using violence in the game design. ABOUT THE LIFE.LOVE. GAME DESIGN CHALLENGE We will be launching our 7th Life.Love. Game Design Challenge on February 15, 2014. Over the years we have received entries ...more »
Froguts Inc (www.froguts.com) is a leading provider of biology and science simulations for K-12 & Higher Education. Our computer simulations of dissections and labs for K-12 and higher education engage students with immersive and interactive 3-D simulations of anatomy and physiology. We believe integrating virtual labs into schools and home use significantly enhances content retention. We are working to ensure more schools ...more »
Consider this scene: Jamie, a boy in Holly’s class, keeps calling Lucy “fat”. Lucy tries to argue back, and then they end up getting into an argument (normally in the classroom). Eventually Mr Williams (their class teacher) will tell them off, but they still keep on arguing, but more sneakily – sitting down and giving each other hostile glances. Holly thinks that afterwards they feel angry with each other, and a bit resentful ...more »
I want to see Bethesda (the software company that made Skyrim) partner with the Smithsonian museums to create 3D, interactive repicas of museums where players can build and decorate their own museum just as they do for their houses in Skyrim. If you allow kids to explore, play and build - you will be amazed by what they learn on their own.
Mission US (www.mission-us.org) is a series of innovative role-playing games, available free online, that engage middle school students in U.S. history by putting them in the roles of peers from the past. Produced by THIRTEEN in partnership with the American Social History Project and Electric Funstuff, Mission US is part of a larger initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), under its American History ...more »
Verb Challenge Spanish is a verb conjugation puzzle for iOS. It helps students to master the conjugation of the 100 most common verbs in the 5 most used Spanish tenses. The game helps students to practice and improve their conjugation exclusively through its game mechanics leaving behind boring mechanical drills, flashcards and multiple choice exercises.
Interest in STEM fields is declining among American youth. At the same time, the amount of time spent playing games and consuming media is increasing. The goal of this game is to engage students in STEM fields through game development. There are many tools designed to meet the needs of teaching game development. Even the most basic game development tools require pre-requisite knowledge that is well beyond the skillset ...more »
Minecraft is a force with young learners... and well meaning parents and teachers want to capture it for learning, but struggle. Many great resources exist with lesson plans, but they seem to be a) oriented to specific content (archeology, for example) and b) great for adults who already use Minecraft. More resources on how to use Minecraft to encourage leadership, collaboration, communication and mentoring would be wonderful, ...more »
Grandma's games is a Global winning project, Innovative Teacher (Washington D.C. by Microsoft). Project aims are to overcome the negative aspects of the passive cyber games with creative usage of technology and developing old forgotten kids games by moving their body and learning in the same time. Grandma's Games have manual guide for teachers which would help revive the child games played in many countries many generations. ...more »
NSF, Dept of Ed and other federal agencies have funded development of many great games. These games usually have a research base and strong evaluation, yet face two significant challenges for distribution: 1) universities that receive funding often lack the marketing skill to disseminate the games and 2) once the funded period is over, university researchers move on to the next project. It would be lovely to have a coordinated ...more »
While many of us gravitate to point solutions for our games, or focus on a single learning objective, I believe it is important to invest in and to support independent research about the games for impact environment as a whole. Beyond specific game mechanics and individual problems to be solved, the way games are funded, deployed, and supported are systemic issues that are critical to the long term sustainable success ...more »
Games can be used for "Return to Learn" following concussion. The "Treasure of Bell Island" game, developed by Blue Marble Game Co, challenges and assesses progress of recovery of attention, memory and executive function skills following concussion or for those with ADHD. Both Concussion and ADHD challenge and impair a student's ability to learn and process information. Students can use games to help build skills that ...more »