Gaming for N00bs in the Classroom

Xbox 360
For good or for ill?

I like video games.  There, I’ve said it.  Now that it’s out in the open, I need some help.  I’m contemplating bringing an Xbox 360 into my classroom, but I must have a good reason for it.  I sincerely doubt anyone would be to keen on me having a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2 bracket taped to my wall while we game all day long.

I’m sure there are games suitable for use in the classroom, but I’m just not sure what they are or how they might be implemented.  I teach social studies, so a historically based game would do the trick, but historically based games without a lot of bloodshed are kinda hard to come by.

So, I implore you: give me suggestions, and in return, I promise to blister the thumbs of America’s future.

fall out thumbs-up

If you say “other”, reply with the title of the game.


This Magic Moment…

Seeing as how I’m a history teacher, seeing a really great time line is like seeing Earth from space. Buffoonery aside, it might be similar to the common bond created between a science teacher and a really well done version of the periodic table of elements.  I’m guessing.

thismoment So when I stumbled upon thismoment, I instantly thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread wrapped in dual layers of plastic (regular sliced bread isn’t that exciting to me anymore, I’ve upped my expectations).

Thismoment allows  users to create multiple moments in the time line of their lives and insert an array of media to prove to the general populous that it actually happened.  Naturally, for a history teacher, the implications of a service like this are huge.

You can view a moments I’ve made in a tech integration time line beginning with Activboard acclimation by David Freeburg.  From there, just click on over to view the rest of the moments in the time line, or view the time line at the top of the page.  The higher the bar is at the top, the more important the moment is.

The thing I like about This Moment is the user interface of it, and the fact that it can link with other web 2.0 services you have, such as Youtube, Flickr, Picasa, etc.  You can log in with your Facebook account via Facebook Connect, and if you have an iPhone, yes, there’s an app for that.

The cons, with using this with a class, is that it might take a while for students to grasp the process of how to add to their time line in a coherent sense, and then share it with others.

Another time line I’ve heard of being good is TimeGlider.  Mark Garrison over at GarrisonSites has had success with it and posts a review there.


My favorite periodic table….

Period Table of Controllers
The way science should be studied.

From Pixel Fantasy’s Flickr stream