EDUCATIONAL GAME COs

games2train.com (founder & CEO, Marc Pensky, wrote Digital Game-Based Learning (2000) and emphasized adult learning and training)

Muzzy Lane Software, Inc (LOCAL – Newburyport co invested $2.5 million to develop Making History:  The Calm & the Storm)

Microsoft Game Studios

XNA

DESQ

TruSim

Virtway

WILL Interactive

TPLD

Houghton Mifflin

POTENTIAL FUNDING?

FAS Learning Technologies Program (includes the FAS Virtual Worlds Project)

Kauffman Foundation

Entertainment Software Association (one of the sponsors of the National Summit on Educational Games)

COLLABORATORS?

MIT’s Games-To-Teach Project

Christopher Dede, Harvard Education professor who helped create River City simulation

Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulations in Education and Training

READINGS AND INFO ABOUT EDUCATIONAL GAMING/VR

Making adult language learning child’s play (also see MediTECH)

Video games aid in learning, but WHY? (MS call for R&D)

This article is about the $3 million investment (between MS & NYU) to figure this out, and apply it to mainly math & science middle school curriculums; however, THE FIRST SENTENCE MENTIONS ADULT LANGUAGE LEARNING!  We should look into John Nordlinger.

COMPUTER IMMERSION GAME TO TEACH FLL DEVELOPED BY MS IN 2006

DOWNLOAD

(found on the Microsoft Academic Alliance)

Tactical Iraqi is a computer-based, self-paced, learning program that in about 80 hours teaches English-speaking people totally unfamiliar with Iraqi Arabic how to speak enough to accomplish tasks and missions in Arabic.  Tactical Iraqi quickly teaches how to communicate effectively with Iraqis in daily situations by providing sufficient knowledge and confidence in both spoken Iraqi Arabic and cultural nuances like gestures that are vital aspects of building trust in communication. It minimizes learners’ anxiety; embarrassment and confusion by letting them learn and practice at the computer at their own pace. It’s game-like design keeps learners interested and motivated even after hours of intensive practice.

Serious Games – Wikipedia

More on Serious Games

Learning Language Through Video Games

The Learning Game

National Summit on Educational Games (2005)

Educational Games Crank Up the Fun

CURRENT VIRTUAL GAMES & WORLDS

Online Traveler

Active Worlds

Who is Oscar Lake?

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

4/26-4/30/09 (FL): Foundations of Digital Games

This is on a DISNEY cruise!  Let’s go! 😉

-Kim


OTHER RELATED BLOGS

Play MMOs, Learn a Second Language

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1 Response to “Funding Ideas & Links”


  1. 1 Prof C-H October 29, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Kim,
    The conference “Foundations of Digital Games” does look really good. The cost is extremely reasonable, compared to other conferences, given that lodging and meals are included.

    Let’s consider having our team submit a poster and I’ll work to get some departmental money to pay for it as much as possible — so take a look at the pricing details, which is a bit complicated. See also the doctoral consortium information.


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