video gamesA session to show some of the alignment of social-games with social media and networking. The sessions will take a guided tour of World of Warcraft, and I will explain how the social element blends with enquiry to demonstrate how the tenants we assume are the domain of eLearning are contained in games play. I will talk about games in primary school, middle years and later – showing how teachers can use a game – as part of blended enquiry, clearly drawing alignment with assessment, outcomes and activities. Finally I will show how a simple game, can be used as a catalyst for storytelling and on-game motivation. I’ll stream vision in from a number of MMOs and attendees can take a tour and ask questions … the focus here is demonstrating that social-games provision much of the skills that teachers often think they are the ones teaching … you know it will rock.

Presenter: Dean Groom
Date: March 23, 2010
Series: Virtual Institutes

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This session is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and brought to you by Nancy Caramanico. Follow her on Twitter.

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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