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Meetup at ISTE 2014!

Wow, we can’t wait for ISTE 2014 in Atlanta!  Check out the schedule of 3D GameLab sessions, and be sure to drop by booth 3080 to meet guild officers, take pics, get your badges, and enter our raffle. Current 3D GameLab teachers, be sure to join us Sunday night for Bowling & Bites at Georgia Tech. ISTE 2014: 3D GameLab Info from Lisa...

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QuestBoise 2014: Keynote Lee Sheldon!

Virtual Unconference, Fully Online, July 30-31, 2014 Join us for our second annual FREE two day QuestBoise 2014 virtual unconference to explore designing and teaching with the experts in quest-based and gamified learning. Explore aspects of gamification in the classroom, including quest design, guild sites, the Open Badges Initiative, and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Lee Sheldon, a professional game writer and designer, and an Associate Professor in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Lee wrote the bestselling bookThe Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (2011); his book Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Second Edition, 2013) is the standard text in the field. Join Lee and seven additional invited speakers as they share their journeys and insights with gamified and quest-based learning. Register on the website now to receive email notification when events go live.   Hope to see you there! Shallow (Lisa Dawley) lisadawley@gogolabs.net Sponsored by your friends at 3D GameLab, Rezzly, and GoGo...

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Winter Game Design Camp…for Teachers!?

I’m really excited about this one…game design camp for teachers, woohoo!! As a lot of states and school districts begin to get involved in coding initiatives (CodeMontana, Hour of Code, etc. etc.), we help coders and builders engage in a very specific type of development — game design! Did you know 99% of US teens play video games, and over 66% of adults have played a game on their mobile phone in the last week?  Gaming is pervasive and ubiquitous in our society.  As we continue to explore the uses of gamification for learning, we can’t think of anything better than to help teachers and students become designers of their own games, educational or otherwise! [slideshare id=29193225&style=border:1px solid #CCC;border-width:1px 1px 0;margin-bottom:5px&sc=no] As some of you know, last summer we launched a fully online pilot of Teen GameLab, our game design camp, with appx. 30 teens around the US, and one from S. Africa.  I’m not sure if they had more fun or we did. Seriously, those teens were amazing, what a fantastic and engaging learning experience for all of us.  While advertising that camp, we heard from a lot of teachers who wanted to participate, as well. So, we’re bringing back our game design curriculum in January and February,...

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Teacher Wallets & DonorsChoose

If you’re into teachers at all, then you’re probably aware of donorschoose.org, a really cool organization and website where teachers can pitch their projects/needs for the their classrooms, and donors can contribute to help them reach their goals.   Recently, the Gates Foundation and Digital Promise teamed up with DonorsChoose to create Teacher Wallets, a unique pilot program that provides 300 K-8 teachers nationwide with up to $6,000 per teacher to purchase digital courseware in core content areas.  The goal of the project is to study and better understand how teachers choose and use digital courseware in their classrooms. As a teacher advocate for over 20 years, you can see why this project has personal appeal.  It’s not only asking teachers what works in their local context, but it’s turning over the purchasing decision directly at the class level, and studying actual implementation and outcomes.  SRI International will be doing some of the evaluation work, and I’m really looking forward to finding out more about what they learn. We are PROUD that 3D GameLab was chosen to be showcased as an option on Teacher Wallets as a result of our recent finalist position in the NY Gap App Challenge.  We’re also curious if teachers will “choose” us, and why or...

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Digital Badges: Lessons Learned

Digital Badges: Lessons Learned | edWeb FreeWebinar, Register at http://ow.ly/lHuu9  Monday, June 10, 2013, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) Presented by Lisa Dawley, Ph.D., CEO of GoGo Labs, and Julie Stratton, teacher at Cape May County Technical High School in New Jersey Are you considering digital badge implementation in your school or classroom? In edWeb Community’s next webinar, Go-Go Labs’ Lisa Dawley will share her experience over the last year, designing, implementing, and evaluating Mozilla open badges with high school students and teachers around the country. Teacher Julie Stratton will share lessons learned through the process so you can more easily add digital badges to your own program or curriculum. You’ll gain insight into strategies for partnering with technology and content providers as well as for using Mozilla open badge function. We’ll also look at curriculum design considerations and student motivation to earn badges (or not!) Join Lisa and Julie on June 10th to learn how to implement digital badges with your...

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