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The "game" within the game - for me, anyway

EVOKE is amazing to me. The wh*** chaotic animal is just so impressive. There are the main missions and quests, but there are wh*** universes of spinoffs, because different people are passionate about different things. I play the EVOKE game -- which feels more like learning to me but that's okay because learning and play are pretty much the same for me anyway -- to find out about issues that I don't really know very much about, like food security and the water problems in local towns halfway across the world. But at the same time, I have my own "game" within EVOKE.

My Game: The EVOKing in the Classroom Curriculum
Early on, I reached out to some folks who are either teachers, or learners, or just like some aspect of education, and together we came up with a list of possible educational projects that groups of EVOKE agents might be able to do. I didn't expect all of these to take off, and many of them haven't. That's okay; someone might pick up one of the ideas later, when the time is right for them, and they may yet go somewhere.

The one that I'm most interested in is the curriculum guide for teaching EVOKE-style. The idea here is to create a three-in-one curriculum package to help teachers run something like EVOKE for their cla****, without needing the Ning network, and even if they didn't participate in EVOKE themselves. It's three-way like this: (1) for teachers whose students have access to the internet and its many resources; (2) for teachers whose students really only have access to a more traditional library; and (3) for teachers whose students have neither the internet nor an extensive library.

The projects that the students do are research-based, student-designed, and -- this is the best part -- have an actual, measurable effect in the students' homes, school, or community.

I've been reaching out to anyone who is interested, and I'm still doing it, looking for folks who would like to contribute to the curriculum. I'm plowing along mostly on my own at the moment but I would love for this to be a truly collaborative effort. There is so much information and expertise here in the EVOKE community, and it would be wonderful to be able to bottle some of that and share it with teachers who can't use the Ning site for whatever reason.

Interested? If you want to get involved, here's how:

1. Go see what's there so far. The skeleton is sketched out, and it's starting to be filled out with details.
2. If you have five minutes, add something to one of the Brainstorming Needed lists.
3. If you have twenty minutes, add a resource link and annotation to the resource lists.
4. If you have an hour, spend some time reading it over and adding whatever you think is missing. It still has a ways to go!

Or, if curriculum isn't your cup of tea, take a look at some of the other proposed projects. If one catches your eye, please leap on in and help it along.

I'm also really interested in helping any teachers who might want to give this a whirl when it's done. I've written curricula before, and I've seen this technique in practice, so I have some confidence that it actually works. If you're willing to try it for a week or so in your class and you'd like some help or guidance, please tap me. I'm in!

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Comment by Evo on April 1, 2010 at 5:54am
I'm in a similar mode, designing educational games with similar properties for youth. Time is hard to come by but I'd be happy to talk on skype/gtalk via voice if that's easier.
Comment by ninmah on April 1, 2010 at 5:59am
I'd love to. We have actually "met" in Second Life -- I'm Ninmah Ash, from NMC, not sure if you remember me :-)
Comment by Sarah Hickox on April 1, 2010 at 7:13pm
Sounds like something I can definitely help out with. I'll take a look at it and see what I can contribute when I have more than a few moments. +1 Collaboration


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