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Games in Schools and Libraries is a podcast by Donald Dennis and myself about exactly what the name suggests, each episode we discuss a topic, and usually throw in some reviews of games that reflect that topic.

Episode 14 has just been posted, and it's all about game events - events Don has run at his libraries, and games days I have run in my school, as well as some of the things we have learned along the way.

This post is, obviously, a blatant plug, but I am also wondering whether anyone who reads this forum would mind or appreciate me maintaining a subscription thread for our podcast here? Of course - we also announce on our guild, and other places around the web, but I really want to make sure that anyone with an interest in the topic might have the chance of learning about our podcast.

Whether anyone listens, or continues to listen after 1 episode is another thing!

Of course - Don and I also really appreciate any feedback, comments or thoughts...

In any case - is this the appropriate place to maintain a subscription thread?


Oh - and here are the obligatory links:

Our website: www.gamesschoolslibraries.com
Our RSS: http://www.g4ed.com/GSLpodcastfeed.php/
Our BGG Guild: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1341
Games for Educators: www.g4ed.com



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Hey Giles,

just a heads up to let you know I've recently listened to the podcasts as research for my thesis on using 'our kind of games' in the classroom. It was a good listen and I picked up some things that might come in useful.

So keep it up, it's a good resource!

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Thanks Gunthar! (sorry for the late reply) I hope you found it interesting at least!

What are you researching?

Don and I just recorded an episode with the great Scott Nicholson on the gamification of the classroom (hopefully it will be up later this week).

His website may interest you (if you didn't know about already): http://becauseplaymatters.com/

Thanks for listening! (good to know someone is at least )

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GSL15 - The Gamification of the classroom.
Welcome to episode 15 of Games in Schools and Libraries. In this episode Giles and Don are joined by Scott Nicholson. We discuss the gamification of the classroom... what does this mean? What can it achieve? What does the research suggest? As well as discussing our experiences with this topic.

Make sure you check out Scott's website, where you can find much more information on this interesting subject: http://becauseplaymatters.com/



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Re: Games in Schools and Libraries Podcast...
Gamification is not part of the thesis sadly enough. I'm developing an after school training for teachers in secondary school about using modern games in the classroom.
The theoretical research part is well ... difficult, since there's just about nothing in terms of research or numbers. So what I'm trying to do is answer the question: Why is it a good thing? by linking it to constructivist theories and Vygotsky, Piaget, Kolb's theories. And comparing some videogame research and theory and how it relates to board games.

The second part is about the "how", where I give some general didactic ideas based on my own 'expertise' and that of other 'experts' i.e.: teachers who are gamers and use games in the classroom (Ryan Sturm's hook, meat, hamster; Some of your insights, some of Tom Vasel's tips and tricks, some by other teachers and game designers I've spoken to.)
The rest is some actual tips on games and how to use these specific games and adapt them for classroom use, what's available and where to find it.

All pretty basic stuff, and I'm a bit limited by the actual amount of writing I get to do (I doubled the 30 page limit and only touched the tip of the iceberg.)

The general idea is that I want to promote modern games as a teaching tool in the classroom and hopefully that way get them some playtime in the livingroom as well. It seems to be quite a hot topic, getting quite a bit of interest from teachers and professors alike. If the in-service training hits off, I might make some more specific sessions.

Shame it's all in Dutch, though I have Mathematics and English as my main teaching topics, so maybe I'll translate it when it's done and if I find the time. Going back to school while having a 2 year old running around is not the most time-effective thing ;-).

Cheers!

Iro/ Gunther
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Episode 16
In this episode Giles and Don discuss games and art. Games that can be used to stimulate discussion on art, games that use art to evoke a theme, and games that involve the players creating art.

In this episode we talk about - Dixit, Middle Earth The Collectible Card Game, CCGs, Civilisation World, Puzzles, Pastiche, Fresco, Siena, The Road to Canterbury, Telestrations, Pictionary, Draw Something, Cluzzle, Monster Squash, Clayarama, as well as table top miniatures such as DBA, Song of Blades and Heroes, Blood Bowl and others.

As promised this link leads to Don's wonderful selection of Draw Something images -https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103945827209959719041/alb...



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Episode 17
In Episode 17 of the Games in Schools and Libraries podcast, Giles and Don discuss the care of games. From looking after video games and electronic devices, to bags, tape and elastic bands for board games, as well as the routines that can help maintain good quality and extend the life of a games collection.



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Episode 18
In this episode of Games in Schools and Libraries Giles and Don discuss games and geography, from maps and keys to geopolitics and topography.

In this episode we talk about - Minecraft, Carcassonne, Memoir 44, Mondo, Tobago, Taluva, Settlers of Catan, Diplomacy, The 10 Days series, train games, TransAmerica, crayon rail games, Empire Builder, the Ticket to Ride series, Pandemic, National Geographic Expedition, the Test of Fire series, Conquest of Pangea, Bios Megafauna, Origins How we Became Human, Fauna, MMORPGs, iPod apps, flash games, trivia games, Google Street View, and Google SketchUp.




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Episode 19
In this episode of Games in Schools and Libraries Giles and Don are joined on the microphone by Brian Mayer, to talk about the game programs he runs in schools and libraries in his district. Brian works with the American Library Association and supports learning through game based programs.

We discuss the role Brian fills, as well as a variety of topics such as supporting classes, teaching games, set up, curriculum ties, students with special needs, protocols and rules, social skills and the successes Brian has seen.

As always you can find us on our website http://gamesschoolslibraries.com/

Links to the work Brian has done
http://www.gvlibraries.org/gaming
http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2770
and his game http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/119506/freedom-the-un...



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Giles and Don,
After listening to ep18, I sent your website link to a couple of the professors in our college of Education. Roughly half of the undergraduate students at the university where I work are studying to become teachers. With your podcast, material from Scott Nicholson, and the Going Cardboard film providing a foundation, I'm going to work on exposing our Education students to the possibilities of using modern games in their classrooms after they graduate and begin a teaching career.

Something we librarians do well: expose resources to the people who can use them. It's time to provide more exposure to modern games!

Thank you for doing this podcast series, which will benefit many future teachers here.

Phil

BTW, I've also read Brian Mayer's book, Libraries Got Game, which is leading us to several purchases of games for our college library for our Education students to see and try out. Kudos to Brian as well!
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Hi Phil,

Thanks for the fantastic feedback and passing on the podcast to others! We really appreciate it. Brian's website is also a great place for more information!

Much appreciated - and if you ever have any topic ideas or questions - we'd love to discuss them!

Cheers,
Giles.
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Episode 20
Episode 20 of Games in Schools and Libraries is up!

In this episode Giles and Don discuss games and math. How games can be used to support learning in math classes, whether as quick tasks to build fluency or as a vehicle to introduce a concept and more. Some of the games we talk about include - Incan Gold, Sleeping Queens, Piggy Back, Number Chase, Halli Galli, Yahtzee, Monopoly Junior, Combo King, Pickomino and Take it Easy. We also discuss the websites Khan Acedamy and Study Ladder.



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Quick update: I just unboxed twelve new games for our university library. After a couple hours of punching out tokens and unwraping card decks, I really could have used a +5 blade of plastic disruption or a potion of cardboard enchantment. My fingers feel like chit! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) shake

The recommendations and experiences of the members of this forum, the GSL podcast, and related authors really gave me confidence in selecting games that I had not personally played (yet). Can't wait to get them to the family table to learn them, and then to the library tables to teach them.

Thanks for the help!
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Episode 21
Welcome to episode 21 of Games in Schools and Libraries. In this episode Giles and Don discuss Game Etiquette, from the problems faced to some of the solutions that have worked, as well as the niceties of play. Topics include rules disputes, social conflict resolution, being a good sport, the responsibilities of players and above all respect. We hope you enjoy listening!




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Episode 22
Welcome to episode 22, buying games. In this episode Giles and Don talk about building a game collection, as well as some of our experiences with buying games. Topics covered include collection development policies, building breadth and depth in a collection, collecting with a purpose, factors that help define what to get, dealing with wear and tear, the Jones theory, keeping track of popular games, donations, community and government grants, raising money, using your own collection, finding specials and discounts and thrift stores. We hope you enjoy the episode.



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Episode 23
Welcome to Episode 23 of the Games in Schools and Libraries Podcast. In this episode Giles and Don discuss word games, or rather, games to do with spelling, word association, sentence building, and generally playing with language.

Some of the games we talk about are Word on the Street, Hangman, Scrabble, Upwords, Letter Roll, Boggle, Fauxcabulary, Bananagrams, PDQ, Upwords the card game, The Chain Game, Balderdash, You’ve Been Sentenced, Apples to Apples and Mad Libs.

We hope you enjoy.




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Episode 24 - Stacking
Welcome to episode 24 of Games in Schools and Libraries. This is part 1 of our 3 part series on Dexterity games. In this episode we focus on stacking games, what are they, how to organise them and what are they good for. Some of the games we discuss include Ingress, Tier Auf Tier, Toc Toc Woodman, Gulo Gulo, Jenga, Pick up Sticks, Operation, Blockhead, Villa Paletti, Make N Break and Zitternix. We hope you enjoy.



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Episode 25 - Flicking
Welcome to Part 2 of our series on Dexterity Games. In this episode of Games and Schools and Libraries Giles and Don talk about games that involve pitching, throwing, and flicking.

Some of the games we discuss include Horse Shoes, Corn Hole, Toss a Cross, Disc Golf, Klop or Mollky, Kubb, Boules or Bocche, Darts, Air Hockey, Foosball, Carrom, Crokinole, Sorry Sliders, Flicochet, Pitchcar, Bisikle or Roadzters, Catacombs, Dungeon Fighter, Hula Hippos, Tumblin Dice, Knights of Crylail, and Ascending Empires. We hope you enjoy.



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Gunther,

I would be interested in reading your research!

Irozato wrote:
Gamification is not part of the thesis sadly enough. I'm developing an after school training for teachers in secondary school about using modern games in the classroom.
The theoretical research part is well ... difficult, since there's just about nothing in terms of research or numbers. So what I'm trying to do is answer the question: Why is it a good thing?


I've done quite some research on the theoretical part as well since my thesis was about how board game mechanisms can contribute to history education within the frameworks of “Historical Thinking”.

Irozato wrote:
by linking it to constructivist theories and Vygotsky, Piaget, Kolb's theories. And comparing some videogame research and theory and how it relates to board games.


Been there, done that

Irozato wrote:
The second part is about the "how", where I give some general didactic ideas based on my own 'expertise' and that of other 'experts' i.e.: teachers who are gamers and use games in the classroom (Ryan Sturm's hook, meat, hamster; Some of your insights, some of Tom Vasel's tips and tricks, some by other teachers and game designers I've spoken to.)
The rest is some actual tips on games and how to use these specific games and adapt them for classroom use, what's available and where to find it.


We need to share our research...so many things in common...

Irozato wrote:
All pretty basic stuff, and I'm a bit limited by the actual amount of writing I get to do (I doubled the 30 page limit and only touched the tip of the iceberg.)


Hmmm...mine was about 60 pages (without all the attachments)

Irozato wrote:
The general idea is that I want to promote modern games as a teaching tool in the classroom and hopefully that way get them some playtime in the livingroom as well. It seems to be quite a hot topic, getting quite a bit of interest from teachers and professors alike. If the in-service training hits off, I might make some more specific sessions.


I would be very interested in your take on the matter, theoretically as well as practically...Maybe we can share our research and perhaps even collaborate in future projects...

Contact me through GeekMail!


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I also would be fascinated to read more - both of you sounds like you have a huge amount to share!
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Episode 26 - Strangely Dexterous
Welcome to episode 26 of Games in Schools and Libraries. In this episode Giles and Don round out their series on dexterity games with a look at the weird and wonderful games that fit this genre, as well as a range of digital games.

Some of the games we cover include Ingress, Loopin Louie, Rattle Snake, Polarity, Dart Wars, MicroMutants, Hamsterrolle, Battlegrounds Crossbows and Catapults, Angry Birds, Knock your Blocks Off, Dancing Eggs, Pogs, The Black Pirate, Siege Craft, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride, 2BitBob, Disc Drivin, App Shopper, Rejoin, Tiny Wings and Space Team.

We hope you enjoy!



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Episode 27
Welcome to Episode 27 of Games in Schools and Libraries. This episode Giles and Don are joined by Brian Mayer, and we talk about the American Library Association Convention, and particularly the play event.

We talk games in libraries, learning experiences, game design contests, and making games a more natural part of a game program.

We also spend some time talking about a new game Brian has designed, which can be found currently on Kickstarter, and is called Freedom The Underground Railroad.

We hope you enjoy!

Link to the Freedom KS: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/617871702/freedom-the-un...




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Episode 28 - Scott Nicholson and the Game Design Guild
Welcome to episode 28 of Games in Schools and Libraries. In this episode Giles and Don are joined by the enigmatic professor Scott Nicholson and we talk about Scott’s fantastic project, the Games Design Guild. The Game Design Guild is about bridging students, libraries, schools and broader society. It is all about crowd sourcing games, building connections and creating a community around game design.

Find more from Scott about this fantastic initiative at http://becauseplaymatters.com/

If there is anything you would like to see from the Game Design Guild, please join the discussion on boardgamegeek here http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1341

We hope you enjoy!



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Giles, Don or anyone,
Have you used Martin Wallace's game Tempus in a school setting? Someone is offering a copy to our college library, but I'm wondering if it will just sit unused taking up shelf space. If it is useful in a school, however, I could promote it to our Education students (future teachers).

Just hoping for some feedback. Thanks!

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I haven't Phil,

But it's a level of complexity too far for the students I deal with. I imagine the play time and complexity may be marks against it for use in a classroom or school environment - but the context of it's use may reduce those concerns!

Sorry I can't be more useful!

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