Random But Organized Thoughts (9-5-2010)


Data Visualization and Data Mining
Serious Games
  • Check out these brilliant little games: Machinarium (for critical thinking, logic) and Small Worlds, which is like exploring a cave. [via @BryanAlexander]
  • There’s a project to use WoW  to “develop a curriculum for an after school program or “club” for at-risk students at the middle and/or high school level.  This program would use the game, World of Warcraft, as a focal point for exploring Writing/Literacy, Mathematics, Digital Citizenship, Online Safety, and would have numerous projects/lessons intended to develop 21st-Century skills.” Read more about it at the WoWinSchool wiki.
  • Tabula Digita will be releasing a new game soon, this one called Dimension L and designed to teach Literacy skills.
  • Grow Valley: A game about thinking about the future and how we get to a futuristic high-tech society. (click on English and be sure to actually read the instructions)
  • “With “gamification,” companies study and identify natural human tendencies and employ game-like mechanisms to give customers a sense that they’re having fun while working towards a rewards-based goal.” from Play to Win: The Game-Based Economy [via @HoppingFun and @amyjokim]

Futuring

Great Quotes
  • “I don’t think Americans are ‘bowling alone.’  They’re bowling on their cell phones.” from @WorldFutureSoc
  • “It’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature.” from @dahara
  • From the latest #lrnchat, “I spent 18 years in schools to get ready to learn.” from @mrch0mp3rs, followed by “On the other hand, there is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.” from @moehlert (wise words from both)
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