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FEBRUARY 5, 2011

Gaming to cure cancer

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Author Jane McGonigal on The Colbert Report explains how playing video games can help make us and our world a better place.

In an amusing conversation with Colbert, she explains that games teach us to be motivated, to be optimistic, to collaborate with others, and to be resilient in the face of failure, abilities that can carry over into the real world.

Games & teaching

This is something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm still trying to figure out how to incorporate into my teaching (see articles below).

The closest I've come so far is a weekly leaderboard in the Portfolio Preparation class based on students' activity on our Facebook group. You score ten points for posting a link or article, five points for each time you comment, and one point for "Liking" something posted.

Hard to pin down yet whether this is having much of an effect, but it seems significant that in the first week only nine students scored points, and 36 was the high score. Last week seventeen of eighteen students were on the board, and the top score was 133. I'm calling that progress.



Games, continued – June 12, 2010
Games & Badges – June 7, 2010
Game Mechanics: Putting the Fun in Functional - April 20, 2010
Games? Seriously? – April 6, 2010

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