The Sociological Imagination

The Sociological Imagination

“The mystery of the social world is how it can be the case that all (‘competent’) human actors are highly skilled and knowledgeable about what they do and why, but are at the same time driven by social forces far larger than themselves.” (Giddens, 2009, p. 295) Continue reading

Literacy Project: Changes to the Rewards System

Literacy Project: Changes to the Rewards System

I really did want a more visual way of presenting rewards so they became something more tangible from the player’s point of view. Now, as well as seeing level gain through the level indicator, players have visual acknowledgement that they have achieved something that will help them progress on their game quest. Continue reading

Literacy Project: Trials, Tribulations and Other Stuff

Literacy Project: Trials, Tribulations and Other Stuff

There’s so much to deal with freelancing in the educational environment; bureaucracies, politics, egos, funding agencies, etc., etc. But it’s also where the students are and if my work is to make a difference, and I’m passionate about it doing so, that’s where I need to be too. In my view this project will make a difference. So it’s been got on with *smiles. Continue reading

Literacy Project: Moulding Clay

Literacy Project: Moulding Clay

Notes from the development workshop where I am currently working on a funded project that is researching the possibility of using a virtual world environment to teach literacy skills. This post looks at the terrain, themes and icons and game levels. Continue reading

MA Reveal: Thoughts and Reflections

MA Reveal: Thoughts and Reflections

The MA Education in Virtual Worlds has to date left me with a lot to think on and the summer break is a good time to share some of the thoughts and reflections from throughout that journey. The following materials were presented as part of the assessment process; some are short academic pieces with references supplied, others are taped narrations and/or videos. Continue reading

MA Reveal: Literacy Research

MA Reveal: Literacy Research

As part of the MA Education in Virtual Worlds’ Designing Curricula module I presented an assessment paper that looked at the development of game-based learning to teach literacy skills. This paper will now serve as the basis for the development of a build to research the possibility of using virtual worlds to support literacy training. Continue reading

Isa’s Thoughts Sit

Isa’s Thoughts Sit

A free educational tool, Isa’s Thoughts Sit is a sit that once sat on enables the user to float eight sets of text above their avatar like a cloud of thoughts. It contains a menu with a choice of sit poses and random text colouring to help individualise each user experience. Continue reading