Can you gamify very serious events? #globaled13 : 9th graders & grad students make the case

Grad students and Dr. Jeff Stanzler at the University of Michigan have created a serious game that is seriously engaging  for students about the Middle East.

Ninth grade Westwood Students and University of Michigan graduate students will present a powerful message today about how gamifying education can have benefits for all involved even when the topic is one of the toughest in the world to discuss: the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

My life this week has been about this presentation… I finished up the slides and clocked out at 5:55 pm last night and this morning at 5 am, I was in the document just to see some of my students in there too making their final tweaks to their words.

These ninth graders have something to say. I hope you'll join us today at 9am EST. After the recording is released, I'll share it here but I do hope some of you can attend and ask them questions. They've really got something to say and we've put everything we have and lots we didn't have into this presentation.

There's something the world needs to hear about serious games — we can improve our world through gaming and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money with multimedia. The AIC Conflict Simulation is a simple, text based game with a powerful symbiotic learning experience. Dr. Jeff Stanzler and his students have a lot to be proud of with what they've done in this game and they'll be presenting too. See you soon!

Link to see the recorded presentation in Blackboard Collaborate

Audio MP3

Video MP4

9 am EST 11/22/2013


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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