Kahn Academy; Learning from Youtube


Is Kahn Education going to be the new way for learning? This new exciting program teaches students math through videos on youtube. Kids already watch videos on youtube, why not bring learning to their territory of entertainment. Children log into their account and do practice problems and can watch videos if they want more explanations. This is great because students can learn at their own pace and  use the program to fit their learning style. The other big plus is that its all free! This is especially great considering the fact that some students can’t afford to pay tutors for extra help. Kahn Academy is a new form of education that could transform the way kids learn.

Don’t Bother Me Mom, I’m Learning

Video games are the future of learning

In their book Playstation Nation, Olivia and Kurt Bruner present “complex” video games as anaddiction waiting to happen. They point to the complexity of the games and the game developers’ attempts to engage us as a deliberate strategy by video game developers to get players addicted.

It is, of course, those same things that make video games so much fun to play and enable us to learn while we are playing. In his book Don’t Bother Me Mom, I’m Learning, Marc Prensky discusses video games as a conduit for our children to learn in a way that just wasn’t available to previous generations.

– http://www.squidoo.com/video-games-are-the-future-of-learning More

Games On the Front Lines [Kotaku]

This is a really great article on how our troops are using video games in Afghanistan and Iraq during their off-time. I wasn’t aware that soldiers were allowed to bring gaming devices/laptops overseas, but it makes sense so that they don’t lose their minds from boredom.

One of the Marines interviewed actually said playing Call of Duty 4 made him think more about the fact that he was taking a life from his Humvee; he couldn’t really see the death from his gunner position, but when playing CoD you’re often in a direct line of sight of who you’re shooting.

There are some really great stories and anecdotes in this article and I highly recommend you all to take a look at it.

Games on the Front Lines (via Kotaku)

Learning Through Video Games

Here is a nice write-up that compliments the ideas we maintain in class.  It’s good to see the educational potential and beneficial influences becoming a more universally respected idea.  Shannon Symonds is Acquisitions Cataloger for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.  None of these learning concepts and the inherent educational opportunity of ‘Video Games’ should not come to any surprise to any of you – but, nonetheless, enjoy another refreshing take on the things we all have grown to both enjoy and respect.



Augmented Reality

So, Eric K. spoke about how we can use mobile phones to augment reality and learning.  There are other groups working on this, not necessarily from a K12 educational standpoint, but from an everyday use and just-in-time / need-to-know learning standpoint….

Love and Video Games

While doing some random surfing of the net, mainly via stumbleupon.com, I came across an interesting article that especially is relevant to the festivities of Valentines Day. As the article states, “Valentine’s Day is the time for couples to show how much they mean to each other, but when most couples are dining at fancy restaurants or cuddling at the movie theater, some of us just want to stay at home and play video games with the person that makes us the happiest.”

Here is the list of the top 8 video games that couples should play together on the big V Day.

-Splinter Cell: Conviction

I know, shocking to me as well, but it appears that this game involves great amounts of teamwork and is perfect for those couples who feel that their skills in gaming match up well.


Sexy cars, hot car on car action, make this game a perfect one for those who desire some fast paced action with their partner, or partners as you can play split screen with multiple players.

-Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

No words necessary for this one. Kind of a dark and demented message. But then again, this is a pretty weird list as it is.

-Saint’s Row 2

Interestingly enough, the question they ask about this one is “Do you and your sweetheart share a fondness for beating up hookers, spraying the town with feces or pimping out cars so you can run over pedestrians in style? If you answered yes then I highly suggest giving Saint’s Row 2 a go as it provides all that and so much more.” Once again, no words necessary.

-Resident Evil 5

Not only does this game incorporate teamwork, it also provides for some fun role-play after gaming is completed.

-LittleBigPlanet 2

Fun, friendly, simple, this game is especially perfect for the partner who is not a big gamer. The maps and ability to pick out the ensemble of the “Sackboy” or “Sackgirl” will lead to endless hours of fun.

-Rock Band 3

I mean, who doesn’t want to spend a romantic evening rocking out to some of your favorite songs with the one you love.

And last but not least…

-Dead Space 2

These words were just too good not to quote. “They say horror movies are the ultimate aphrodisiac, so assuming that rule also applies to video games, that would make Dead Space 2 the skeleton key to your other half’s lower regions. Just light some candles and cozy up on the couch for some raunchy strategic dismembering action. Or, if you have Extraction and a partner that’s willing to brave the Necromorph filled halls of the USG Ishimura than that could be just as fun. Just make sure they know what they’re getting into.”

So there you have it. If you have that special someone and are looking for something to do next year around this time, look no further. Video games are the answer to your prayers. Enjoy gaming, responsibly of course.