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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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Changing Attitude and Affective Learning Using Persuasion

Spent, a social action game aimed at showing people that homelessness is about circumstances and not character was chosen as an example of a persuasive game for a study last year.

5139 students in grades 7-12 took part across 4 states and 200 schools to test whether the persuasive mechanics of a social impact game were effective in increasing attitude and affective learning toward the subject of homelessness. This study... more »

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Survivance

Survivance (http://www.survivance.org) is a social impact game that addresses the long-lasting effects of historical trauma on Indigenous communities of Turtle Island (the continent of North America) and encourages players to engage in self-expression as a pathway to healing.

Based on the Wisdom of the Elders Discovering Our Story project, Survivance is shared online as a simple website with web-friendly videos to ensure... more »

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Communication Skills: Keyboarding

Several years ago, I developed a game called Type to Learn 4, which uses games to help people of all ages improve their typing skills. That game touched on social media, featuring one game in which the player has to compose and send text messages.

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is more important now than ever, in our world of rapid communication and instant feedback. We should develop a Web-based... more »

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MyUSRep: Learn and Vote on Congress

Use real congressional voting data to drive a role playing game where players can assume the character of any member of congress and input whether they approve of specific votes members have made. The game responds to player input by birthing lobbyists and protesters depending on their actions. Player activities adds to the congressperson's overall stats.

 

See http://www.boogaholler.com/myusrep/

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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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The Intergalactic Challenge of the Athlonauts

The Intergalactic Challenge of the Athlonauts is a series of motion capture interactive video games that serve as complete immersive physical therapy while simultaneously capturing quantitative data for continued treatment and research. This highly engaging, custom, Microsoft Kinect-based game system features original, unique play experiences within 3Dimmersive environments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Sprbo7DHy98... more »

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Courage

Courage is a persistent, distributable Collaborative Production Game focused on drawing yourself into real world challenges involving collaboration, production and personal goals. On the surface Courage explores our understanding of courage and culture.

The game’s (optional) Scottish theme could be mistaken for a narrow nationalism. However, the gameplay is not about nationalism - it sets out to promote appreciation... more »

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Human Interaction of Tabletop Gaming

From the President’s comments and this forum coming from the Office of Science and Technology, the focus seems to be looking at the Game Impact on Education through video games. This focus seems to overlook video games less glamorous cousin Tabletop Gaming. Board Gaming offers human interaction face-to-face that video games do not offer. That interaction can be a very valuable educational tool while being quite entertaining.... more »

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FutureCoast: The Fifth Wave

FutureCoast: Fifth Wave is a continuation and expansion of FutureCoast, an experimental game project run in Feb-Mar-Apr of 2014. In the "participatory cli-fi" game:

The software system of the future has sprung a space-time leak. But since it’s only in their voicemail storage, it takes them decades to get around to fixing it. Meanwhile, we get to listen to the messages that people leave for each other in the years 2020... 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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BrainPOP Game Up is curated collection of serious games

BrainPOP has gathered a wonderful collection of educational games at their GameUp portal at www.brainpop.com/games/

In addition to finding, then evaluating existing games, they prepare extensive learning guides to help teachers and others use these games with their existing classroom work. Their teacher communities also provide guidance on integrating with teaching.

This is a model partnership on how to collaboratively... more »

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Prevent repeating the Edutainment Disaster w/ Health Apps

Did edutainment fail because of shovelware (a flood of low quality software)? How do we prevent this in health apps?

As a developer of games for health, I feel there is clear need for improvement of health app labeling in today’s app stores. Like the labels on over-the-counter medicine, developers of health apps should inform their consumers:

App stores are, like the isle in the drugstore, where consumers discover... more »

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Species Photo Journal/LifeList

There is a fascination with being able to identify animals, flowers, trees, etc. Species identification can be fun, if approached as a photo journal/life list. Done as a game with scores and even social media postings, a series of games could be quite dynamic. Partnering Smithsonian, National Geographic, National Parks, the animal guides (Petersons, etc.), Sierra Club, Audubon Society, etc. would be required to ensure... more »

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Balance of the Planet

Two years ago I designed and developed this environmental - economics - energy simulation game. I tried to get funding to make it available on the web for free. No dice. So now the Mac version of the game sits here: http://www.erasmatazz.com/library/software/index.html

for anybody to take. I'd much prefer to get the web version up and running and have it go somewhere where it can have some exposure. It's written in Java... more »

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