Urgent Evoke

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 There are now 8 teacher projects, and we're starting to make tracks. Come sign up for one -- see the wiki for details!

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There have been many posts in other threads about getting a group of teachers together here on EVOKE. I'd like to pull us together. Here's my suggestion:

1. In this thread, post who you are and what you teach -- or, if you're a teacher-type but not actually a teacher, like me, tell us what you do. Tell us also where you're from!

2. Check out the google doc that happyseaurcin started -- it has ideas about how to engage teachers in EVOKE.

3. Take a look at the wiki (http://urgentevoke.wikia.com/) and visit the Calling All Teachers page. Add your name (and a link back to your EVOKE profile, if you like) if you'd like to collaborate. If you have an idea for a project, add it to the brainstorming section.

Let's see if we can get traction over the next couple of weeks and maybe pick an idea or two to develop more fully!

** Posted in grateful acknowledgment of everyone who added comments to the collaboration page, with hopes that this thread makes it easier for us to find each other. **

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Hi, Agent Alexander! I don't see why not -- let's do it!
Tweeted. Let's see what happens.

ninmah said:
Hi, Agent Alexander! I don't see why not -- let's do it!
To put a practical touch to this discussion we are setting up a school-to-school relationship between science teachers and students in Ghana and the US to exchange learning experiences and resources in Science and Math, culminating in the building of a Discovery Center. Visit our website:www.selfinternational.org
You guys have started something brilliant all together, and the idea to ping the Twitterverse is a very good one :) Did you guys try to reach specific schools using your official/academy e-mail adresses ? That's usually what I do when I have to put a foot in the doorway of a company or an organization to gain entry ;) People trust the established structure so easily :p

Also, I was cleaning up and organizing the official wiki yesterday and I think I added "Calling all teachers" on the Groups page. Should that not be the case, don't forget to do it !
Hi, I am a socialworker, vocational counselor and soft skill coach.

This is the first serious game I play and I have to say, I like it a lot. The best way to use this as a way to teach would be some sort of editor for creating your own game.

Has anybody heard of a simple tool to build such a game or even a portal with templates and readymade quests? Is the engine of EVOKE adaptable?

I'm thinking: localization (language), scalability (complexity and duration), topic (individual-global). I would like to see a gamebased learning portal with free access to play, develop, exchange about... a lot of different games.

We are starting to introduce eportfolios at our school - but that could be wrapped up in some sort of game too, in order to fuel motivation and collaboration.
Hi Alexander,

The site you're browsing right now is based on the infrastructure of the NING Network, with a clever code hack on top (not that I could tell you what it is, but you could always get in touch with the EVOKE team about that). It could probably be scaled to fit your school's size, but the basic structure in itself could be good enough depending on how you want to run things. Good luck !

Alexander Fuxbauer said:
Hi, I am a socialworker, vocational counselor and soft skill coach.

This is the first serious game I play and I have to say, I like it a lot. The best way to use this as a way to teach would be some sort of editor for creating your own game.

Has anybody heard of a simple tool to build such a game or even a portal with templates and readymade quests? Is the engine of EVOKE adaptable?

I'm thinking: localization (language), scalability (complexity and duration), topic (individual-global). I would like to see a gamebased learning portal with free access to play, develop, exchange about... a lot of different games.

We are starting to introduce eportfolios at our school - but that could be wrapped up in some sort of game too, in order to fuel motivation and collaboration.
Recently, I've been thrilled to begin playing Evoke, and my 10th and 12th grade students have begun as well. I'm an English teacher at the East-West School of International Studies, Flushing Queens. I'm also a consultant for the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) a local site of the National Writing Project, and I work with several other teachers in NYC using social media and a school-based social network (http://youthvoices.net).

In January, I was at an education conference with Suzie Boss shortly after she had interviewed Jane McGonigal for WorldChanging. It was her excited comments about Jane McGonigal that led me to begin to follow McGonigal's work and end up at Evoke.

This month seven of us in the NYCWP are introducing Evoke in our English, Art, and Technology classrooms. We are working together to become mentors for our students as they also play Evoke. We're all very excited about it, so much so that this last Saturday morning we traveled though a cold, rainy wind storm in NYC to meet for three hours, just to play Evoke together, and talk about which parts our students would need more support on and which they could do on their own. It was a lot of fun today to share some of the stories of a couple of our students who have managed to push themselves onto the Leaders board already.

Our students and we have already learned a lot with Evoke. We love the project prompts and the overall structure of Evoke! Our ultimate goal this semester is to look at other games, and to have students build prototypes of games, as well as mess around with some game building. (Oh, and we'll be planting gardens and volunteering for City Harvest too!)

One of the colleagues who I'm doing this work with, Susan Ettenheim and I also have been doing a weekly live webcast that is published as a podcast: http://edtechtalk.com/TeachersTeachingTeachers and http://teachersteachingteachers.org and iTunes. Over the past 5 years of doing this show every Wednesday night, we have built an committed, highly interested following of friends and colleagues. Our show is about keeping it real with teachers who take our conversations and interviews into their classrooms.

We would love to invite any teachers who are playing Evoke themselves and/or using it with their students to join us via Skype. We do these conversations on Skype. Please let us know if you want to join us on Wednesday, March 17 at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific USA / 01:00 UTC Thursdays World Times.

Reply to this message and let us know your Skype name also add mine, PaulRAllisonNYC and SusanEttenheim to your Skype list. THANKS!
Paul, thanks for sharing with us the way you are using EVOKE. That's wonderful! I'm not a teacher anymore, but I am very interested in working with teachers who are using EVOKE or games like it. I'll contact you off this thread to see if I can be of any help, or if you don't need help, to see if it's OK for me to just take part in your conversations. Thanks for inviting other teachers to join you. Very exciting!
Thomas, that's a great idea -- I have not reached out to specific schools, but I think that's a wonderful way to get people in here. I will certainly try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

Thomas Maillioux said:
You guys have started something brilliant all together, and the idea to ping the Twitterverse is a very good one :) Did you guys try to reach specific schools using your official/academy e-mail adresses ? That's usually what I do when I have to put a foot in the doorway of a company or an organization to gain entry ;) People trust the established structure so easily :p

Also, I was cleaning up and organizing the official wiki yesterday and I think I added "Calling all teachers" on the Groups page. Should that not be the case, don't forget to do it !
A couple of editors out there...Alice is a java like language that high school students can handle. Scratch, from MIT, is a basic beginner module design engine, my twin ten year old boys had game components working inside ten minutes.

A truly great resource is David Perry's, David Perry on Game Design, a Toolbox It is a 1000 pages of lists and must haves for games. Webquest inventor, Bernie Dodge, teaches game design to his edtech students at San Diego State, worth looking at.

For my students who choose to design a game as a project in my digital design course, it is all about the planning, willingness to cooperate and collaborate, to set realistic short term goals, and persevere.

Alexander Fuxbauer said:
Hi, I am a socialworker, vocational counselor and soft skill coach.

This is the first serious game I play and I have to say, I like it a lot. The best way to use this as a way to teach would be some sort of editor for creating your own game.

Has anybody heard of a simple tool to build such a game or even a portal with templates and readymade quests? Is the engine of EVOKE adaptable?

I'm thinking: localization (language), scalability (complexity and duration), topic (individual-global). I would like to see a gamebased learning portal with free access to play, develop, exchange about... a lot of different games.

We are starting to introduce eportfolios at our school - but that could be wrapped up in some sort of game too, in order to fuel motivation and collaboration.
Paul, that's very cool, high school students playing Evoke. Is there any public face to this - blog, etc?
Good tip about the source for email addresses.We have located and are contacting a schhol in ghana already.Keep on keeping on.

Thomas Maillioux said:
You guys have started something brilliant all together, and the idea to ping the Twitterverse is a very good one :) Did you guys try to reach specific schools using your official/academy e-mail adresses ? That's usually what I do when I have to put a foot in the doorway of a company or an organization to gain entry ;) People trust the established structure so easily :p

Also, I was cleaning up and organizing the official wiki yesterday and I think I added "Calling all teachers" on the Groups page. Should that not be the case, don't forget to do it !

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