Category Archives: Gaming

Improving Our Aim: A Psychotherapist’s Take On Video Games & Violence

by Mike Langlois
February 20, 2013

A little while back I was playing Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare with one of my patients, we’ll call him Alex*.  Twenty minutes into our game, I was clearly losing badly and dying a lot.  Although I am a gamer-affirmative therapist, first-person shooters have never been a favorite of mine.  … 







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Games for a Digital Age

The Games & Learning Publishing Council Continues

January 28, 2013

January 10, 2013 marked the kick-off for Phase II of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Games and Learning Publishing Council. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Council aims to expand the role of games and gaming in the educational lives of children by providing new research and … 







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The Risks of Launching a Research Project at a Time of Moral Panic

by Christopher J. Ferguson
January 23, 2013

Every parent and concerned citizen in the U.S. has been following the national conversation about the need for a balanced response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. One area of concern that the President and Vice President highlighted in the action plan they presented last … 







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What We Don’t Know, and What We Need to Know, About the Effects of Video Game Violence

by Cheryl K. Olson, Sc.D.
January 18, 2013

Every parent and concerned citizen in the U.S. has been following the national conversation about the need for an urgent and balanced response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  One area of concern that the President and Vice President highlighted in the action plan they … 







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Toontastic Jr. and the Brave New World of Online Creative Co-Play

by Andy Russell and Hannah Clemmons
December 13, 2012

Avast! Today marks an exciting day for our hornswoggling crew here at Launchpad Toys: Toontastic Jr. Pirates is LIVE in the App Store for iPhone and iPad! With 3 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, our first app – Toontastic – has been a great success for kids ages … 







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National STEM Video Game Challenge

Are You Ready for the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge?

by Administrator
December 11, 2012

The Cooney Center and E-Line Media are preparing for the third year of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. This year’s competition is open to middle and high school youth, who are invited original game designs beginning in January 2013 for the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for themselves, … 







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Daphne Bavelier

Your Brain on Video Games

by Administrator
December 5, 2012

Did you know that research shows that people who play video games tend to have better vision than those who don’t? According to cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier, who studies the impact of video games on the brain, gamers have quite a few advantages over those who don’t play often. Check … 







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St Philip's Academy - case study video

Beginning to Use Digital Games in the Classroom: A Video Case Study

by Jessica Millstone
November 13, 2012

For this video case study, our fifth in the series, we interviewed three educators at St. Philip's about their goals for using games: third grade classroom teacher Regina Lauricella, Director of 21st Century Learning Katrina Allen, and Director of Technology Jerri Drakes. All three speak eloquently about the process of introducing digital games into the curriculum and how using games has affected the way they think about teaching and learning at St. Philip's Academy. It's an evolving effort, but one that has a team of dedicated educators and enthusiastic students behind it. We hope to check in with St. Philip's again and see their progress!  

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Innovate to Educate: Designing Video Games to Teach Math

by Christina Hinton
November 6, 2012

The Cooney Center has just kicked off an exciting multi-sector partnership with experts in neuroscience and learning, seasoned video game designers, and impact game publisher E-line Media to create an innovative video game that teaches fundamental math skills. This "Gut Sense" team brings together some of the world's foremost experts in learning, brain plasticity, and videogames (Daphne Bavelier and Sean Green); number sense and its relation to school math achievement (Justin Halberda); children's media (Michael Levine and Lori Takeuchi); media law (George Rose); designing action videogames (Sean Vesce and Mike Wikan); and publishing of learning games (Mike Angst and Alan Gershenfeld). This all-star cast is poised to create a videogame for children ages 7-11 that develops the brain's numerical intuitions.  

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Gamestar Mechanic

Every Summer Has a Story: Taking Lessons from Learning with Video Game Design into the Classroom

by Meagan Bromley
September 4, 2012

They say that every summer has a story, and now at the end of my experience teaching for the Gamestar Mechanic Online Learning Program, it’s time for my students’ stories to come to an end. But it’s wonderful to realize that for many of them getting more interested and involved … 







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