Category Archives: Social Justice & Environment

Ten Video Gamer Charities: We Care!

I had an awesome World of Warcraft experience last Saturday, with about 1000 other pink-haired gnomes. We ran all the way from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay then took a ship to Ratchet and ran to the enemy Horde city of … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame the Teachers: Notes on Poverty and Student Learning

“… nothing makes sense in education without understanding the role of poverty.” ~Anthony Cody My last post offered some of the lighter moments in the “Poverty Is Not a Game” (PING) unit in my game-based learning course. We, of course, … Continue reading

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The Poverty Is Not a Game (PING) Game 1

I spent an hour or so this morning searching the web for anything that connected “World of Warcraft” with “poverty” or “working poor” and came up with several interesting links – to a guild called “Poverty,” for example, and to … Continue reading

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Ohio State’s Department of Women’s Studies: Signs of Feminism in Second Life® , Part 2

Following my visit to Arizona State’s CompuGirls (see previous post), I continued my quest for signs of feminism in Second Life (SL) and found a virtual treasure: Minerva (10, 10, 29), the SL home of Ohio State’s Department of Women’s … Continue reading

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Arizona State’s CompuGirls: Signs of Feminism in Second Life®, Part 1

Feminism – the belief that women should have equal rights and opportunities under the law in every area of life, including in politics, employment, education, health, and relationships – does exist in Second Life (SL), but not as explicitly as … Continue reading

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Environmental Politics and the Four Bridges Project in Second Life®

Several days ago I completed the major assignment for “Advanced Second Life for Educators,” the last of three Sloan Consortium workshops on teaching in virtual worlds. The task involved planning a 3D learning environment that supports other modes of teaching … Continue reading

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