Games in Education – some thoughts from Extra Credit (Penny Arcade)

The people at Extra Credit, an online cartoon mini-lecture about all facets of games, always have some interesting ideas to share about games.

This video about some of the issues facing the successful use of games in education is particularly great. It doesn’t have many answers but asks a lot of good questions.

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Window losing focus constantly. – Windows 7 – FIXED!

I’ve recently had a horrible problem where every minute (literally) whatever window I was working in on my Windows 7 computer would lose focus – the computer decided that it needed to do something else and I had to click back in the window to reactivate it – particularly problematic when typing something. Olaf Nixons comment in this post helped me identify it as the Ask.com toolbar updater (which I had accidentally agreed to install in IE at some point apparently), which checks online for updates every, single, freaking minute. You’ll find it listed as APNMCP in the Event Viewer. Yet another reason to despise Ask.com.
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Why Candy Crush is evil – from Gamasutra: Ramin Shokrizade’s Blog – The Top F2P Monetization Tricks

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EduMachinima Fest 2013 winners – ISTE -SIGVE Events

Quietly happy that my entry in the 3 min how-to Instructional category ended up winning – the other entries across the board are well worth checking out as well. Identifying and managing workplace hazards in a hospital by Colin Simpson – http://youtu.be/N0pQWWx0WHU Length: 2:53
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How To Cite Social Media: MLA & APA Formats | TeachBytes | Diigo

Useful outline of the approved formats for citing material from social media in academic writing
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Manifesto for learning & development professionals

Some simple points about how instructional and education design should really work.

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Nuts and Bolts: What Is “Good” eLearning, Anyway? by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine

Good argument for focussing on the ability of eLearning content to get the learner to learn, rather than fixating on the aesthetics of the design
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