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#SeriousGames  Serious Play’s 11 year old award program recognizes outstanding games designed for education or training in business, government/military, healthcare, museums, higher ed, K12. Any single user browser, mobile or VR game launched after April 2018 is eligible. Simulations and multiplayer games that can be evaluated via online access by judges playing alone can also be entered.

Digital games created by high school or college students with minimal faculty involvement may be entered in a separate student category. Entries in the student category are due May 1, 2019.

Games in English, Spanish, French and Dutch may be entered. Other languages possible on request.
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#SeriousGames  Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, play and share fun learning games (called Kahoots) or trivia quizzes for any subject, in any language, on any device.

Kahoot! has now reached one billion cumulative participating players and is likely to hit 100 million monthly active unique users this month in more than 200 countries. The Oslo-based startup is valued at $376 million.

Last December, Kahoot! launched Kahoot! Ignite, a new accelerator for like-minded startups that are pushing the boundaries of education through gaming. Teams selected for the program can join Kahoot! on its journey to create value for learners across all geographies and champion the company’s mission to make learning awesome.
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#SeriousGames  According to EdTech’s recent article How Makerspaces in Schools Help Students Learn to Code by Eli Zimmerman, Makerspaces in schools are giving educators new options to teach students core coding concepts.

“Computer science has taken a priority slot for K–12 teachers, as experts forecast a majority of jobs will incorporate some kind of coding skills or computational thinking by as early as 2020,” states Zimmerman.

One way that schools are engaging students is by introducing coding activities in Makerspaces, where students can use the creative culture to start establishing the building blocks of computational thinking.
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#SeriousGames  As the interest around Short Sims continues to grow, Clark Aldrich had his article “Try Short Sims” featured as TD magazine's cover story for their highest profile issue of the year. In the words of TD, "The synergy between meaningful interactivity and cost effectiveness lies in short sims."

Clark Aldrich, one of the top educational simulation designers in the world and the founder and managing partner of Clark Aldrich Designs, has been developing what he believes is the next stage of the Serious Games/Educational Simulation concept over the past five years.
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#SeriousGames  Below is interesting data about the significant up-tick in investment in learning games -- $2.25 billion in 2018 vs. less than a billion in 2017.

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Investment in Game-Based Learning Sharply Up in 2018: Metaari

LOS ANGELES – Jan. 7, 2019 -- Investment in game-based learning companies was sharply up in 2018, according to leading Serious Games analyst firm Metaari. A total of $2.25 billion went to 133 companies. In contrast, less than half that amount, or $948.2 million, was invested in 150 game-based learning companies in 2017.

While the number of deals declined slightly in 2018, funding levels were much higher and investment more than doubled. Almost 100 companies reported raising substantial funds; 17 PreK-12 academic-facing companies obtained funding in 2018; 21 corporate-focused companies producing game-based training were funded. The most attractive category for investors was educational games or educational technology products for use in K-12.

China is the education technology center of the universe, at least for now, according to Sam Adkins, Metaari. In 2018, 51 Chinese game-based learning companies garnered a combined total of $539.3 million. Nearly 50% of all ed tech investments made in 2018 went to Chinese companies.
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#SeriousGames  ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 German multinationals as a top international business school in Germany – a business school founded by business.

ESMT Berlin has been named “top in Germany” by the Financial Times and is the most international business school in the country. Each year more than 90% of its full-time MBA students come from outside of Germany.

The school offers management degree programs and executive education that focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology.

Students at the ESMT business school in Berlin have a new leadership training module in their course: a 45 minute virtual reality game designed to reinforce leadership principles. These executives are from some of Germany’s biggest companies. They’re not exactly strangers to leadership. But the game tests their abilities in a way that would be difficult to replicate in the non-virtual world.
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#SeriousGames The MIT Teaching Systems Lab designs, implements, and researches the future of teacher learning.

Playful Assessment is one of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab current projects. The Advisory Board is composed by James Paul Gee, Kylie Peppler, Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University Bloomington, and Kevin Miklasz, the Senior Director of Data and Prototyping Lab at BrainPOP.

The background assumption for this project is that although there has been a push for instruction to become more student-centered and engaging in recent years, we have not seen as much of an attempt to transform assessment in these same ways.
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#SeriousGames  Making great learning games is both an art and a science. It takes practice, experience, and a whole lot of talent. Making something that has never existed is a risky endeavor but Filament Games seems to have a safety net - a philosophy and methodology that produces highly efficacious and deeply engaging learning games.

Today, they decided to share a video they put together about “How We Make Great Learning Games”. In about 15 minutes, they distill their tried-and-true methodology that they’ve honed over the last 11 years.
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#SeriousGames  Gloob Rescue, developed by Design Interactive, Inc., is this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award at SGS&C.

Gloob Rescue merges rehabilitation with gaming by having players rescue fun characters (Gloobs) using a Kinect-based tracking system. It was designed to assist children with cerebral palsy (CP) as a rehabilitation focused game to expand upper limb strength, range of motion, and rehabilitation progress.
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#SeriousGames  The seven categories of SGS&C winners were announced today at the Awards Ceremony at 1:30 PM in the Innovation Showcase, Booth 2288: Best Business-Developed Serious Game; Best Government-Developed Serious Game; Best Student-Developed Serious Game; Best XR Serious Game; Innovation Award; Students’ Choice Award; and finally, what some might consider the most prestigious award, the People’s Choice Award.
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