[Technology 1134] Re: NYC School to Promote "Gaming Literacy"

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nancy.friday at alphaplus.ca nancy.friday at alphaplus.ca
Wed Jun 27 10:43:55 EDT 2007




Hi,

I post this information for anyone engaged in research in how educational games
connect with school learning objectives.

Dr. Ron Owston of York University here in Toronto has been researching this area
for many years. He is giving a talk in October 2007 on this topic here in
Toronto:

21st Century Learning: Engaging Students through ICT
Serious educational games are receiving growing attention as a tool to motivate
and engage students
while at the same time, bridge the gap between their school and outside school
lives. In this session,
Dr Ron Owston will describe a large scale study he and his colleagues recently
completed in Southern
Ontario schools that examined the use of educational games.

His rsearch is being carried out through an organization called SAGE -
Simulation and Advanced
Gaming Environments for Learning:
http://www.sageforlearning.ca/
Select Research for information.

Nancy









Melinda Hefner <mhefner at cccti.edu> on 06/25/2007 03:41:44 PM

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Wow!!!!!


>From the article.... ??

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?This means learning to think about the world as a set of
in interconnected systems that can be affected or changed through action and
choice, the ability to navigate complex information networks, the power to build
worlds and tell stories, to see collaboration in competition, and communicate
across diverse social spaces. It means that students and teachers will engage in
their own learning in powerful ways,??
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? she added. Being the left brainer that
I am, I would be interested in hearing how student learning is affected and the
impact on learning gains.

I think this is absolutely fascinating. I'm concerned, however, about those who
do not have access to this kind of technology, and I'm not necessarily referring
to individuals in third world countries but folks in my own country. I continue
to be concerned about the digital divide but I don't think a "socialist"
approach is the answer. There are also those who are concerned about societal
implications of this kind of technology. Of course, those are conversations for
another day.






>>> "David J. Rosen" <djrosen at comcast.net> 06/24/07 7:00 PM >>>


Technology Colleagues,

A new NYC public school is being designed that aims at literacy and
other skills through "game designed and game-inspired methods." I do
not know if this was inspired by James Gee's writing, or if its
design comes from other sources, but I think this is a model we may
want to pay attention to. To read about it, in an article from
Industry News, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/yqtj5q


David J. Rosen
djrosen at comcast.net



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