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In Memoriam Richard Powers

Richard Brian Powers of Oceanside, a novelist, playwright, mime performer, professor and wide-ranging educator and game designer, died peacefully surrounded by family, at his home Thursday, March 27, 2014, of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was…

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Added by NASAGA on April 4, 2014 at 7:01am — 3 Comments

Special ISAGA pre-conference workshop on Debriefing Games July 3-4 2014

There will be a special pre-conference workshop at the International Simulation and Gaming Association Conference.

The learning starts when the game stops: Debriefing as the fount of learning from games

the real learning in simulation/game–based education starts when the simulation/ game stops. Learning occurs only if some form of in– or post–game debriefing is accomplished.

The workshop will help you:

understand the…

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Added by NASAGA on April 4, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Richard Powers

Richard will depart from us soon, in just over a week's time.  You still have a chance to express your admiration, your friendship, your love for this wonderful man and gamer.  He will appreciate it. …

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Added by David Crookall on March 18, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

From the Chair | Simages Feb. 2014

From the Chair

By Anastasia Salter

With the White House opening up a “Games for Impact” site for user discussion and with educators across the country looking at ways to transform their classrooms, games and learning seem to be on everyone’s minds these days. It’s an exciting time to be part of NASAGA, where play and learning have always gone hand in hand.

For the many of you who joined us in Sarasota, Florida for last…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:53am — 2 Comments

NASAGA 2014 Call for Participation | Simages Feb. 2014



Be a Player at NASAGA 2014

Baltimore October 8-12, 2014. 

In October 2014 the North American Simulation and Gaming Association Conference will be “Playing Stories, Sharing Worlds: Imagining Games for Learning” in Baltimore, Maryland. We’ll be at the Sheraton City Center near the inner…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

NASAGA 2013 Conference Wrap Up | Simages Feb. 2014

Sarasota 2013 Wrap Up

By Kate Koski

As its organizer, the 2013 conference exceeded my expectations.  The theme was originally conceived as a bridge between play and learning.  But some conversations and workshops at the 2012…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

New NASAGA Board Members | Simages Feb. 2014

New NASAGA Board Members

 

This year, the board of directors gained five new members to fill the large shoes left behind by so many of our most illustrious NASAGAns. They bring a wide range of experiences to the board, from author to instructional designer, from video producer to undergraduate mentor and trainer. They are passionate about NASAGA and are already moving us forward. We’d like to introduce your new board members:

 

Kalynn…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

NASAGA Awards for 2013 | Simages Feb. 2014

NASAGA Awards for 2013

By Linda Slack

Linda Janette-Slack has been a member of NASAGA for over six years.  This year, Linda joined the board and is looking forward to supporting NASAGA and helping to get the Baltimore conference up and running.  Linda has been in the Organization Development and Training fields for over 30 years, and loves the camaraderie and knowledge she experiences at every NASAGA event.  She holds a B.A. from Strayer…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

The 1st Anniversary of #NASAGAchat | Simages Feb. 2014

The First Anniversary of #NASAGAchat

By Melissa Peterson

Melissa Peterson is the organizer and moderator of #NASAGAchat, as well as a passionate advocate for games-based and STEM learning in her work as a games-based learning designer.  Her company, GameCognito, is a small design firm for immersive learning experiences, working with small companies and non-profits to meet their training and education needs.

Email…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

Discrepant Events Create Teaching Moments| Simages Feb. 2014

Discrepant Events Create Teaching Moments

By Becky Puckett

 

Becky is currently Training and Development Manager for the White Castle Corporation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Teaching.  She enjoys experiential learning techniques and making learning fun!  Becky led the session, “Blow them Away with Discrepant Events,” at the Sarasota conference last year.

 

The use of…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

Using Serious Games to Teach English in Second Life | Simages Feb. 2014

Using Serious Games to Teach English in Second Life

By Martin Warters

 

Martin Warters is a Serious Games, virtual worlds and simulation training professional. With a background in English language training, Martin has held senior roles at English language schools including Director of Studies for Castle School in Brighton, UK. Martin has carried out post-graduate research into language acquisition for oil and gas…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

What NASAGA Means to Me | Simages Feb. 2014

What NASAGA Means to Me

Analyzing the results of the Play Talking Stick for Empowerment and Connection workshop

By Tamara Stenn

 

For my session at the 2013 NASAGA conference, Play Talking Stick for Empowerment and Connection, I experimented using an ethnographic research tool I developed to identify values and challenges in unfamiliar cultures.  I used it successfully in training…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

Interview with Alex Synan | Simages Feb. 2014

 

Alex Synan: First-Time NASAGA Attendee

By Brent Darnell

Alex Synan of Baker City, Oregon, represents the e-Learning age to come.  After attending public high school through his senior year, Synan switched to Eagle Cap Innovative High School, an online school, to complete his senior year.  There he was also able to take college-level courses and complete a General Associates Degree.  Currently he is looking for work that…

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Added by NASAGA on February 26, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments

BRAIN/MIND REVOLUTION IS OLD HAT TO GAMERS



        


"A new era for education is here", Frank Farley,past president of American Education Research Association, told fellow members in a Los Angeles Conventi,past president of American Education Research Association, told fellow members in a Los Angeles Convention.    The brain/'mind revolution is upon us.. We need to become more  aware of the facts  that  leading experts  on the frontiers of knowledge are saying about new ways of learning.



Some…

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Added by Ron Stadklev on October 17, 2013 at 4:54pm — No Comments

26 Reasons for Using Simulation Games

26 OBSERVATIONS THAT TEND TO SUPPORT THE USE OF

AUTOTELIC INQUIRY TECHNIQUES

Ron…

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Added by Ron Stadklev on October 15, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Academic Games and Learning

                        Academic Games and Learning A Raionale



James S. Coleman wrote  "   Academic Games and Leaning : A Rationale" .  After he wrote this paper he was able to get a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to develop the Academic Games Project at Johns Hopkins University. This study was conducted for 7 years. You can read the complete paper  in the Handbook of Simulation Gaming in Social Education. pg.15



" I want to be very clear…

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Added by Ron Stadklev on October 7, 2013 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Fla venue

Regardless of how you feel personally about the Zimmerman decision the entire state of Florida is NOT to blame...some rationality and perspective makes better sense....

Added by Robert McCreight on July 16, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

The Passing of Jude Blohm

We are all stunned and saddened about the Passing of our dear friend and long-time SIMAGES Editor, Judee Blohm, who died on Wednesday, July 10. 2013. She was recovering at home after a recent surgery, and was with her dogs and her garden, where she wanted to be.

Judee was the backbone of…

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Added by NASAGA on July 15, 2013 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Chair's Corner Simages July 2013

Hello everyone,

 

Your board and NASAGA volunteers have been quite busy these past few months expanding membership offerings, developing new ways to get information, and creating great programs.  We truly appreciate the work of Chris Saeger, our volunteer Executive Director.  He has been helpful in many of the activities we are reporting here.  Samantha Knight has served as an intern to NASAGA.  She now works for GP Strategies and says she’ll be helping to create the standing…

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Added by NASAGA on July 15, 2013 at 9:17am — No Comments

NASAGAchat – The Legend Continues... Simages July 2013

 

Over the last few months, we have been conducting an experiment within NASAGA.  The question was essentially “If we build it, will they come?”  Two nights a month, a slowly growing group of NASAGAns has been getting together on Twitter to chat about various ideas within our fields.  We have had deep discussions about play and identity, conquering institutional resistance, meaningful gamification with Scott Nicholson, providing options for learner engagement, simulations…

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Added by NASAGA on July 15, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

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