Virtual Play Patterns

My colleague Scott Traylor of 360 Kid regularly writes thoughtful and timely pieces about kids, toys and digital media, and his latest article for the May 2009 issue of Playthings Magazine is no exception. What Works For Virtual Play? – Questions to Ask About...

Serious Games Showcase

Serious games and simulations embrace subjects as diverse as health care, emergency preparedness, world history, algebra, ethics, emotional intelligence, team building. Thanks to Eliane Alhadeff for showcasing some of this diversity in these...

The Future of Learning

Beginning this September New York City will be home to Quest to Learn, one of the most innovative 6-12th grade public schools in the country, that will use game design and game-inspired methods to teach critical 21st century skills and literacies. Created in...

Is There a Downside to the Upside of Social Media?

Between the Susan Boyle phenomenon, participating in a panel discussion on the importance of social media in business as part of NYC Entrepreneur Week and watching clients eyes cross when I urge them to Twitter, I’ve been thinking a lot about social media...

Sleepless in New York

I spent the last weekend in January participating in the first Global Game Jam at New York’s Columbia University (there were 1,650 participants at 54 locations in 23 countries in all, including a group at New York University). Now that I’ve recovered from...