Cheryl Oakes’ must read post on online gaming

Cheryl Oakes has written a phenomenal post about online gaming over at Tech Learning today. It is an absolute MUST READ.

In this article she not only talks about Second Life but about some I'd never heard of Webkinz, Runescape, and Club Penguin.

I applaud Cheryl because of the three things that I think make her a great educator:

  • She is connected with her students.
  • She learns from them and has an open mind and is not ashamed of letting them teach her.
  • She is an encourager.

Add to this her willingness to document and share with the rest of us and she emulates an effective 21st century educator.

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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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Denise April 10, 2007 - 5:49 pm

My partner and her 13 year old son play Runescape together. They are addicted! I don’t get the appeal and tend to called it “Runewhatever”. :-)

Kristin Hokanson April 10, 2007 - 8:11 pm

I was JUST having a conversation about Webkinz yesterday and Club Penguin too–when you talk about the 5-10 year olds being the largest growing set of internet users it is SO true!!!! And they are so adept and creative when it comes to these games. Thanks for pointing us to this article!

Cheryl Oakes April 10, 2007 - 10:43 pm

Oh, Vicki, I can not wait until NECC when we all finally meet and get to smooze and talk and blog together! Thanks, maybe we can even Runescape or Webkinz!

Tom Turner April 11, 2007 - 3:28 am


I’ve talked about gaming in education on my Seeking the Wisdom of the Ages blog several times as well. There is definitely a place for it, but with parameters set up as with everything.


michael's web 3d blog April 11, 2007 - 1:41 pm

online game will be one of the most profitble industry.

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