Why does John Seely Brown state in the opening line of this video, “I would rather hire a high level World of Warcraft player than a MBA from Harvard?” http://bigthink.com/ideas/45592
In celebration of the US Department of Education declaring August Connected Educators Month, G.A.M.E. members who play in this highly complex learning environment known as World of Warcraft presented a guild panel.
“It Takes a Guild – A Guild of Educators” launched the webinar series from G.A.M.E., Gamers Advancing Meaningful Education, (an online community of educators who game) on August 16, 9 PM ET.
Recording of the Live Broadcast on Google Hangout on the Games MOOC YouTube Channel
At its core G.A.M.E. is an online synchronous gaming community. This intellectually curious network of educators develop curriculum and offer online open courses, webinars and F2F presentations on the opportunities and deeper learning that takes place in games. The Cognitive Dissonance Educator guild in World of Warcraft is the "home base" where this group regularly plays online. This community is involved in WoW in School, EduMachinima Fest, Virtual Worlds and Games UnSymposium, Games MOOC and open courses on P2PU. G.A.M.E. is for educators who game, want to learn how to game, and want to incorporate gaming strategies into teaching and learning. Participants in the session will learn about how this informal professional development has benefited educators who are in K-12, Higher Education, Education Administration and military training.
The panel included:
Moderator: Laurence Cocco Director, Office of Educational Technology New Jersey Department of Education
Peggy Sheehy Instructional Technologist Suffern Middle School Suffern, New York
Melody Collier State and Federal Programs Director Howley ISD, Texas
Chris Luchs Associate Dean, CTE Colorado Community College System
Deborah Bakken Nursing Instructor RN MS Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College North Carolina
Valerie Noll, CPLP Instructional Designer Crew Training International Omaha, Nebraska
Beverly G. McCarter, principal Human Mosaic Systems, LLC Certified Virtual Worlds Architect and Designer Certified Facilitator of Self-Organizing Systems
G.A.M.E. http://g.a.m.e.shivtr.com/ will be holding monthly webinars on the third Thursday of each month at 9 PM ET. It also co-sponsors the weekly games tweetchat #gamemooc on Wednesday evenings at 9 PM ET.