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View Resource Kapp Notes Blog

This blog features interesting content "concerning learning, e-learning and transferring knowledge from retiring baby boomers to incoming gamers. The goal is to share information and knowledge to create a better understanding of learning design." Many of the blog's posts touch on video games and how they relate to education.

View Resource Graphic of Wii Remote

Everyone seems fascinated by the Nintendo Wii- but do they understand the technology behind the fun? You gyrate, smack and box with the Wii controller, but how does it work? You can thank the invention of inexpensive accelerometers. Visit this page to see inside the Wii Remote.

View Resource Playing an Action Video Game Reduces Gender Differences in Spatial Cognition

This paper from Jing Feng, Ian Spence and Jay Pratt discusses gender differences in spatial cognition. The team "found that playing an action video game can virtually eliminate this gender difference in spatial attention and simultaneously decrease the gender disparity in mental rotation ability, a higher-level process in spatial cognition." Two spatial reasoning experiments are described in the...

View Resource University of Illinois: Gaming Initiative

Video games have been the subject of scholarly inquiry for some time now, and disciplines such as psychology, speech communications, and information science continue to look into their use for a variety of purposes. The Gaming Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) created this website to bring together actual video games, along with sponsoring campus-wide events,...

View Resource Second Life in Education: Webinar Slides

These are the slides for the NetWorks webinar Second Life in Education held on 3/28/08. Do you ever catch students snoozing behind their textbooks? Do you get blank stares during your PowerPoint presentations? Ever want to confiscate their cell phones, ipods, and DS players, so they will pay attention to what you are teaching? Don't take their technology from them- incorporate it into your...

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