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Dec 05

Fried Friday!

My esteemed (and younger) colleagues Nicole and Tina told me that these two videos have kind of, sort of, a link to gamification if you know anything about the video game Minecraft. Well, sadly, my education was lacking. First I had to Google about Minecraft to figure out what that was. Then I had to watch Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music videos (quite the eye opener, Miley, I think I need to get out more!) before I could even post this Fried Friday.

So here are two fun parodies — choose your musical flavor, Katy or Miley and enjoy some fun with the Minecraft game.

DontMineAtNight

wrecking

Also, yesterday, on the 10 Day Faculty Challenge, Charla posted a pretty interesting video on the Top 10 Most Frustrating Video Game Levels. If you like games, you might relate to this. I found it interesting because, even as a teacher, I think we often fail our students by overwhelming them with too much information, surrounding them with a forest of papers, articles, resources etc. I think a lot of the frustration seen in these games might directly correlate or link to classroom frustration too. Or, maybe I’m just a little Fried this Friday!  Have a great weekend.

FrustratingVideoGames

2 comments

  1. Ron Levy

    thanks Kathi. My oldest is addicted to Minecraft and like Katy as well. Debating whether to show him these links– it would just reinforce and validate it all…

    But it is fascinating how the rhythms and “rewards” within games like this keep them so engaged — actually too light a word — obsessed and addicted are closer.

    Maybe rather than design games for our courses, we just have to inject subliminal education and knowledge within these games.

  2. Kathi Baldwin

    Ha! Maybe that IS the ticket Ron. Subliminal education. Instead of DE we’ll call it SE. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

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