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Xbox at E3 is all about Kinect

- June 6th, 2011
KinectStarWars03

In Kinect Star Wars, you'll be able to chop droids up with lightsaber slashes. Insert obligatory Jar Jar Binks reference here.

I just want to sit on my butt and play games!

That’s how I felt after the lights came up in the University of Southern California’s Galen Center (which, on an unrelated note, apparently has a structure called the Tilley Tower) after Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference earlier today. The flashy, glitzy, 90-minute presentation was very heavy on Kinect games and Kinect integration into the Xbox 360 experience, and not surprisingly so – as the only one of the big three players who isn’t introducing new hardware at this E3, Microsoft was pushing Kinect so hard it sometimes felt a bit… well, forced.

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The ‘Gamification’ of education

- May 30th, 2011

Gamification of education

The “gamification” of education is a relatively new approach to education that employs game play mechanics to creating a more engaging and playful learning experience. It works by using ideas from game design to encourage people to learn and complete tasks with more enthusiasm. Gamification can also provide the necessary external motivators for the important learning that must occur outside the classroom.

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Vintage gadgets show that failure is an option

- May 11th, 2011

Nintendo Power Glove

We use a lot of technology today that is – to borrow a term from Steve Jobs – magical. Consider tablet computing, cars that respond to voice commands or even drive themselves. Calling an ipad2 or an Android Tablet or a Playbook magic is not a huge exaggeration in historical terms. An iPad2 would have been on a list of supercomputers rivalling a Cray as recent as 1996.

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