Game On!

Game On! Connecting Video Games and Virtual Worlds to Instruction
Session SLURL –

Prenter Contact Information:

Lucas Gillispie, M.S. Instructional Technology
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pender County Schools
Email: lucas “at”
On Twitter: PCSTech
On Skype: lucas.gillispie
In Second Life: Newton Apogee
In World of Warcraft: Golyn (Cenarion Circle Server) or Pantego (Cenarion Circle) or Erud (Sisters of Elune Server)

Resources for Students to Make Their Own Games:

Jeff Ertzberger’s MS Office Game Templates -templates that allow you to make game-like activities with Microsoft Office.

YoYo Games’ Game Maker -allows creation of your own games. (free)

Scratch -visual programming environment. (free)

Squeak -visual programming environment. (free)

Alice -scripting environment that allows creation of 3D objects and behaviors. (free)

RPG Maker -allows creation of classic RPG-style games.  (free to try, $60 to buy)

Teen Second Life-virtual world based on Second Life.  No adults allowed except as part of education-oriented project.  For example, see Peggy Sheehy’s Ramapo Islands. (free for basic account, islands for projects cost money)

Atmosphir – build 3D platform-type games.  (still in Beta, free)

Reaction Grid – Second Life clone designed for business and education only.  PG-13 content rating limit.  About $300 annually for an island for education projects.

Cognitive Dissonance Guild – a World of Warcraft guild for educators and game researchers.  A great place to learn the game.

Recommended Reading:

  • Don’t Bother Me Mom I’m Learning – Mark Prensky
  • Got Game:  How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever – John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade
  • What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy – James Paul Gee
  • Playing To Learn:  Video Games In The Classroom – David Hutchison (has lesson ideas revolving around video games)


Dimension-M, by Tabula Digita, is a first-person shooter format, 3D, video game designed to teach pre-Algebra and Algebra skills in both a single player and a multi-player format all while immersing the player in a rich storyline.

A flyer from Tabula Digita is available at:

Related Websites:

SLURL’s (Second Life URL’s – These will launch Second Life, if installed, and take you to the location specified)

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