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Games to increase understanding about emergent social systems

This proposal is to create one or more games to help people, particularly students, recognize and understand emergent, interdependent social systems. Such systems are an integral part of the creation and growth of human communities from families to cities and states. The games will enable multiple people with disparate, often conflicting goals work to build a community together. This will involve balancing their goals ...more »

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Games preventing violence

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 »

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Siren: a serious game for conflict resolution in schools

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 »

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Verb Challenge Spanish

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.

 

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Grandmas Games

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 »

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Try the Poietic Generator?

The Poietic Generator is a 100% human "Game of Life" known as one of the historical works of digital art (1986). It has not yet become mainstream because it probably raised questions which were quite ahead of its time. But its time may have come? The new version of the PG works on every mobile device and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, language, culture and level of education. The living image made by ...more »

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Treasure of Bell Island

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 »

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Planning for long tail success and sustainability

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 »

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A Game About Making Games

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 »

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Mission US

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 »

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Skyrim of the Smithsonians

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.

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Minecraft Needs 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 »

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