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#6421731 Jul 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
Adventurer
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-Introduce yourself

-Share with us any kind of design experience (instruction, graphic, programming, app etc.) you have had so far;

-Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following cateogry

--Learning
--Communication
--Game
--Productivity

-Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are -running.
--iOS
--Android
--Symbian
--Palm
--Others

-Tell us why you are playing this strand!
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#6480029 Aug 01, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Guild Officers
41 Posts
Hi, I'm Mark Suter and I teach computer tech classes in Pandora, Ohio for grades 5-12. I am a camper in this quest strand, and I am leading the Tech Integration quest strand.

Design experience
I've been building better and better quests for 3DGameLab for 2 years now. I do some web design on the side (Joomla or Dreamweaver), and want to build better infographics for my quests.

Favorite Apps
Learning - Lynda.com (not free, but great video instruction)
Communication - Skype and G+ Hangouts
Game - Hero Academy (Turn based, new school battle chess with powerups)
Productivity - Google Drive

My Mobile Devices (some are school-owned, some are mine)
phone: Android Milestone X2
Kindle Fire
iOS:iPad 1+2

Why I'm playing
I want to use this info or quest strand to teach my own students!
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#6480043 Aug 01, 2012 at 07:56 AM
39 Posts
Hi! My name is Sara Kaviar (Humanitarian in 3DGL). I teach Humanities to 7th and 8th graders in Los Angeles, and am the lead teacher in our school for tech integration in the classroom.
I don't have any real design experience. However, I created and implemented a year-long project for my students in which they created a "video-game" that was filled with student created tasks, quests, games, puzzles, etc.. We designed this game on paper, but with physical materials simulating a game. This project was incredibly creative and motivating for the students (based on their learning in Global Studies).
Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following cateogry
Learning - TED
Communication - don't know (Google Hangouts has a lot of potential)
Game - Sudoku or Scrabble-like games
Productivity -anything Google (docs, +, etc..)

I have an iPhone 3G, a Nexus 7, and a Kindle Fire.
Having my students design and create apps is something I have wanted to do for 3 years! I have researched somewhat fruitlessly how to do this, but have been daunted due to the need for understanding programming. Very excited to be learning!!!
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#6480160 Aug 01, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Guild Officers
164 Posts
Hi,
My name is Kim Dinsmore, and I teach 2nd/3rd grade in Idaho. I am our school's webmaster and tech help. I have been using Dreamweaver and Fireworks for around two years. I developed a quest chain for my class last year in gamelab.

-Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following category

--Learning- Presidents versus Aliens!
--Communication- Edmodo
--Game- Draw Something
--Productivity- Dropbox

-Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are -running.
I have an iPhone--iOS and three iPads for the classroom--iOS
I have a laptop HP running Windows 7


-Tell us why you are playing this strand!
I want to create an app that makes regrouping fun and addictive for my 2/3 class. I have found a few, but the students are not thrilled with them.
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#6480503 Aug 01, 2012 at 09:20 AM · Edited 9 years ago
7 Posts
My name is Deb Poulson and I teach middle school keyboarding and technology in Pocatello, Idaho. I have been the tech mentor for 5 years and at one time kept our Web site for the school where I teach up and designed the local Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo web site in Microsoft Front Page. I have created from templates online learning games for classes in IDLA.

Favorite Apps in:

Learning - Micro Type 3, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Gaggle.net
Communication - cell phone, gaggle.net
Game - Pogo spades
Productivity - local drives

I have an Android running honeycomb (I think), an Ipad running i OS and an HP tower and a Netbook both running Windows 7.

The reason I am playing this strand is I learned a ton of information when I took the integration portion of the Technology tools in the August 2011 camp and want to learn more.
Deb
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#6480960 Aug 01, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Edited over 8 years ago
7 Posts
Hello,
My name is Bob Kahn, Ironman in 3DGL. I teach 8th grade science at Brentwood School in Los Angeles. My life was drastically changed exactly one year ago by the first 3DGL teacher camp. I won't bore you with the details, other than before camp I knew next to nothing about gaming and edtech, now I have my own blog at www.middleschoolminecraft.com. I have very little, if any, experience in programming. I have dabbled recently with Scratch and Microworlds.

Favorite apps:
Learning- TED
Communication- Twitter
Gaming- Angry Birds, Words with Friends
Productivity- AroundMe; MapMyRide; Gas Buddy; Evernote: planning on doing digital lab notebooks this year with my science students.

Currently running about 50 apps, not using all of them though.
I am using iphone. Is that iOS?

I am playing this strand because it seems that our lives are rapidly becoming dependent on apps, and soon I feel like we might be like the Borg from Star Trek. I want to understand how to build them and also to potentially be able to teach my students in the future.



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#6481923 Aug 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Guild Officers
69 Posts

Hello!! I'm AgileBill. I'm a Distributed Agile Coach specializing in working with far flung teams.

I used to program for a living but have taught project management for so long that I will enjoy looking forward to brushing up on new platform skills (i.e., I'm rusty, lol). But I used to write Java servlets that would run on Swing, HTML, and PocketPC.

Favs
Learning: 3dGameLab? what else?
Communication: Sococo (a 2d environment - prototypes run on iPad)
Game: NeverWinterNights and Civ 5. Go / Wei Chi is also cool
Productivity: Google docs!

Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are running.
iOS: 1 iPad gen 1
Android: Droid X, and a Nexus 7
Palm: Handspring, very old (not sure I can find it!)
Others

I would like to write project management apps using whatever platform is most productive, and also Unity3d / Jibe.

Great to meet you all!
Quest Lead - Which World are You?

Certifications: 9. Badges: 6

Worlds Explored = Unity, TERF, OpenSim(Jokaydia, SpotOn3d, SL, Kitely), Avayalive.engage, 3D-VirtualEvents, Blue Mars, Twinity, VenueGen, Protosphere, Sococo, OpenWonderland, CloudParty

BrainHex Class is Socialiser-Seeker -- Socialiser: 20, Seeker: 16, Achiever: 14, Conqueror: 7, Mastermind: 5, Survivor: 0, Daredevil: -4
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#6486562 Aug 02, 2012 at 10:03 AM
20 Posts
Hi,
My name is Tim Grace. While I now am a senior executive at a publishing company, I have over 20 years experience as a programmer/designer of systems/software/web design in over 60 languages.

I have written a few apps for windows/ce and android.

Favorite Apps:
Learning - Study Droid or Math Attack
Communication - SIP Droid
Game - Current favorite is Bridge architect
Productivity - LogMeIn Ignition / Dropbox / Tasks (its a toss up)

How many devices -
That's hard to answer I probably have at least 15 within a foot or two of my desk.
Ones that I am currently using/supporting:
Motorolla Razr MAxx (Android Ice Cream Sandwich)
Motorolla Xoom (Android Ice Cream Sandwich)
Motorolla Droid X (android)
Motorolla Droid 2 Global (android)
Samsung Galaxy Tab (android)
Ipad (IOS)
Nokia N810 (working on hack for android)
Samsung I810 (windows CE)
Have a bunch of others not worth mentioning
I guess I should say the one OS I won't go near is Blackberry

I am playing this strand because it is one of the areas available and I am interested in everything there is at teacher camp.
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#6486732 Aug 02, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Edited 9 years ago
Adventurer
17 Posts
Hello! My name is Wes Kriesel, and I work/play at Riverside Virtual School, designing courses and working with English Learners in the independent study environment. This year I'm starting a media arts lab and helping the school develop an online AVID curriculum, the first of its kind, I believe.

Design experience
I've been involved in web design for about 5 years, using mainly Wordpress, though I've dabbled in Drupal and Joomla. I use Photoshop on a daily basis and am getting more experience in Illustrator. The design experience I'm most engaged in right now involves Final Cut Pro X, which my school purchased for the media arts lab I'm starting this year, and Motion 5, which I bought myself for my birthday in July. I'm currently using Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X, and Photoshop (as well as some other tools) to build a course in 3D Game Lab.

Favorite Apps
Learning - YouTube
Communication - Gmail, FB chat, Twitter
Game - (not a gamer, well, not since Atari 2600!!!) HOWEVER, I became addicted to Minecraft after last 3dGamelab. Yes, there was an intervention and I'm much better now, thanks.
Teacher Camp
Productivity - Gmail, first: I write notes, file information, make lists, store addresses, and much, much more. Wordpress, too, believe it or not. I often think in terms of blogging, tags, categories. But I'm learning to use Google Drive more and more (any tag functionality in Google Drive???)

My Mobile Devices
phone: iphone 4
Tablet: Ipad 1 and 2 (one I won in a raffle, the other is the school's)

Why I'm playing
I'm ready to leap forward in what we offer students at Riverside Virtual School. This year we will launch our first 3DGamelab course and I'm looking forward to more similar developments.
Wes
3D GameLab Tech Support
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#6486850 Aug 02, 2012 at 10:57 AM
33 Posts
Hi, All!

My name is Erica Holan. I am: the Assistant Director of the Kean University Writing Project (KUWP), a site of the National Writing Project; a PhD in Education student at Rutgers University (almost ABD!); a research assistant in a small cohort led my my PhD adviser. Our cohort wrote three online courses together that comprise an Educational Technology Certificate program upon completion; an instructor of a graduate level, online course, entitled Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators at Rutgers. This is the second of the three courses that comprise the Ed Tech certificate.

Although I teach a "Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators" course, I don't have as much "design" experience as one may think! I have an eye for it, I tinker with it, but I've never designed an app or anything like that! I know more about the theory behind learning design than I have with experience designing in the professional sense. I think designing learning environments is a a terrific way to mesh my personal and professional interests in gaming, which is why I'm enrolled in this camp/strand. I look forward to learning from all of you!

Favorite Apps
Learning: Twitter
Communication: FB Messenger
Game: Words With Friends!
Productivity: Gmail (I LIVE in my inbox -- it's sort of a sad existence in that respect) As an online teacher, it's sort of a requirement!

Mobile Device
I live on my iPhone 4S (see "Productivity" above) I would love to have an iPad 2 but since I am on my laptop, desktop, or iPhone, I don't currently see a "need" for it other than that nagging feeling every time I pass the Apple store. I have decided it's time I get a MacBook Pro (always been a "PC" up until this point!), so I think the iPad will be even further from my mind once I invest in one of those babies.

Why I'm Here
I'm playing this strand because I want to be a master of all strands, to be honest. Other than overachiever syndrome, I am legitimately interested in learning EVERYTHING there is to know about quests, gaming, technology-enhanced learning, so on and so forth... :)
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#6487543 Aug 02, 2012 at 01:22 PM
2 Posts
I am a teacher/librarian in a small high school in southeast Idaho.

Share with us any kind of design experience (instruction, graphic, programming, app etc.) you have had so far;
I have not had any experience so far

Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following cateogry
Learning--Too many to list
Communication--FaceTime
Game--Cat Physics
Productivity--Bento

Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are running.
iOS--personally iPad2, iPhone. For my gifted students 10 iPad2
Android
Symbian
Palm
Others
Tell us why you are playing this strand!
To see if this is something that some of my high school students might be interested in.
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#6487939 Aug 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
11 Posts
I am a teacher in a suburban high school in Northern New Jersey.

-Share with us any kind of design experience: I have not had any design experience in the digital world, but am always looking for creative uses of technology that are possible with students.

-Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following cateogry

--Learning - YouTube
--Communication - Voicethread
--Game - None
--Productivity - Wikis

-Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are -running.
--iOS Mobile devices are an iPhone and Macbook Pro
--Android
--Symbian
--Palm
--Others

-Tell us why you are playing this strand!
Love the use of technology with students - especially the creative use. Always willing to learn something new!
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#6488714 Aug 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
45 Posts
I am Cheryl Briggs. I am a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing K-12 and hold a master's in instructional technology.

-Share with us any kind of design experience (instruction, graphic, programming, app etc.) you have had so far;
I dabble a lot. I have several websites that I have designed myself originally hand coding html but now using dreamweaver. I have also created a couple educational children's games in basic flash specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students.

-Share with us one/your favorite app in each of the following cateogry

--Learning voicethread
--Communication
--Game Gardens of Time (not a big gamer otherwise)
--Productivity probably google docs

-Tell us how many mobile devices you have and/or have access to, and what kind of OS (Operating System) they are -running.
original tablet pc (laptop that you can write on the screen) windows 7
Amaze -Android Ice cream sandwich
Ipad 2


-Tell us why you are playing this strand! I would like at some point to be able to convert my flash games to downloadable apps.
Cheryl
Hearing Support Teacher
Eastern PA.
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#6489395 Aug 02, 2012 at 08:38 PM
28 Posts
Hi everyone I am Trish from NC. I teach technology in elementary school and I do that in what is known as the Lily Pad a home for 2 full iPad carts and one on its way to being filled. I am wife and mother to 2 great daughters, a 10 year old Minecraft expert and a 13 year old Skyrim player who is at level 80. I personally play WoW on the Sisters of Elune server with the Cog Dis guild.

I have no design experience but I want to learn, hence why I am here.

My favorite learning app(s) are The Math Mage, Stack the States, and Presidents Vs. Aliens. Check them out. They are a hoot! Kids love them.

My favorite communication app, I assume you mean Social networking? I would say Hootsuite simply because it lets me kill multiple birds with one stone. Then Alien Blue, Zite, and Pulse. For school I am excited by all the possibilities for using NearPod. Show Me is wonderful for use in the classroom.

Favorite productivity would have to be Pages coupled with Notability is powerful. Love Evernote, Diigo, Livebiners, and I am trying out Springpad right now. I'm still trying to determine which is the best for me.

My favorite games are Order and Chaos (when you can get me away from WoW), Star Wars Pit Droids, Dungeon Hunter, and I'm learning my way around Spice Bandits.

I use iOS and I am the Apple Administrator over 30 iPads I teach with plus 70+ more that I am in charge of app installation and configuration. The 70+ is made up of a cart of 30 that floats between grade levels, 4 cabinets of 10 iPads that are in 2 4th grade classrooms and 2 5th grade classrooms, and an additional 6 iPads that are available.

I have an idea...how many times have you heard that before? One thing I've noticed in my rummaging through apps pretty frequently over the past 7 months...there are no reading comprehension apps. Apps that challenge the student in knowing what context clues are, main idea, subtext, etc. My vision is to make an app that will incorporate this that will be fun, engaging, challenging, and create flow and fiero. I don't know how to do this...so I'm here.
~Cloud
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#6489525 Aug 02, 2012 at 09:23 PM
27 Posts
Hi Everyone,
My name is Steve Isaacs and I teach Video Game Design and Development at William Annin Middle School and online for Virtual High School. This year, in lieu of teaching for Virtual High School I will be mentoring 3 new Game Design and Development Teachers. I am excited to be enrolled at Boise State in the Ed Tech Ed.D program starting this Fall.

I teach video game design and development using tools including Game Maker and Gamestar Mechanic. I have taught introductory programming and programming for the WWW as one of our 8th grade electives prior to developing the Game Design and Development course. I should emphasize that I am a teacher, and definitely not a designer or programmer. My strength lies in teaching students how to use the tools and then supporting them as they advance hopefully beyond my current level of understanding.

Favorite Apps

--Learning - TED
--Communication - TweetBot
--Game - Changes regularly. At the moment... Plants vs. Zombies
--Productivity - Dunno. No, really. Dunno

I have an iPad and access to an additional 20 as I manage the iPad cart in our school. I also have an Android phone (HTC Evo). I plan to switch over to the iPhone when my plan is up for renewal, but will probably still tinker with the Android.

I am playing this strand because I want a challenge and have been intrigued by getting more involved in app development as I know my students would love to create apps and games for the mobile platform. In Game Maker Studio we can create games for different mobile operating systems, but I would like to dig into App Inventor.

Looking forward to struggling and learning with all of you!
Steve
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#6489541 Aug 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
27 Posts
#6486850 Erica Holan wrote:

Hi, All!

My name is Erica Holan. I am: the Assistant Director of the Kean University Writing Project (KUWP), a site of the National Writing Project; a PhD in Education student at Rutgers University (almost ABD!); a research assistant in a small cohort led my my PhD adviser. Our cohort wrote three online courses together that comprise an Educational Technology Certificate program upon completion; an instructor of a graduate level, online course, entitled Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators at Rutgers. This is the second of the three courses that comprise the Ed Tech certificate.

Although I teach a "Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators" course, I don't have as much "design" experience as one may think! I have an eye for it, I tinker with it, but I've never designed an app or anything like that! I know more about the theory behind learning design than I have with experience designing in the professional sense. I think designing learning environments is a a terrific way to mesh my personal and professional interests in gaming, which is why I'm enrolled in this camp/strand. I look forward to learning from all of you!

Favorite Apps
Learning: Twitter
Communication: FB Messenger
Game: Words With Friends!
Productivity: Gmail (I LIVE in my inbox -- it's sort of a sad existence in that respect) As an online teacher, it's sort of a requirement!

Mobile Device
I live on my iPhone 4S (see "Productivity" above) I would love to have an iPad 2 but since I am on my laptop, desktop, or iPhone, I don't currently see a "need" for it other than that nagging feeling every time I pass the Apple store. I have decided it's time I get a MacBook Pro (always been a "PC" up until this point!), so I think the iPad will be even further from my mind once I invest in one of those babies.

Why I'm Here
I'm playing this strand because I want to be a master of all strands, to be honest. Other than overachiever syndrome, I am legitimately interested in learning EVERYTHING there is to know about quests, gaming, technology-enhanced learning, so on and so forth... :)



Hit me up for a game of Words with Friends - I am stevei2071. We are probably almost neighbors. I live in Bound Brook, went to Rutgers for Undergrad, and teach in Basking Ridge.


Steve
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#6489693 Aug 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Adventurer
97 Posts
Lynda.com app seems to be available only on iOS?

#6480029 Garlic Mark Suter wrote:

Hi, I'm Mark Suter and I teach computer tech classes in Pandora, Ohio for grades 5-12. I am a camper in this quest strand, and I am leading the Tech Integration quest strand.

Design experience
I've been building better and better quests for 3DGameLab for 2 years now. I do some web design on the side (Joomla or Dreamweaver), and want to build better infographics for my quests.

Favorite Apps
Learning - Lynda.com (not free, but great video instruction)
Communication - Skype and G+ Hangouts
Game - Hero Academy (Turn based, new school battle chess with powerups)
Productivity - Google Drive

My Mobile Devices (some are school-owned, some are mine)
phone: Android Milestone X2
Kindle Fire
iOS:iPad 1+2

Why I'm playing
I want to use this info or quest strand to teach my own students!

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#6490050 Aug 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
14 Posts
I'm Marc DeArmond, Technology Coordinator at Lopez Island School. We're a K-12 school district with 250 students. I'm teaching technology classes for 6th grade plus.

Most of my design experience is in the form of Game Design and Video Production. I have some limited experience programming with Visual Basic.

Favorite Apps:
Learning - I haven't found tons of apps I've liked for learning. My 4 year old daughter has some she's fond of. But I haven't had any situations where I've had the ability to bring apps into the classroom.
Communication - Primarily use basic android messenger and Twitter.
Game - Mostly been playing Fish Live with my daughter. Though anything by Kairosoft is fantastic and worth the 5 bucks.
Productivity - I'm not sure this classifies as productivity but the most used app on my phone is the Washington State Department of Transportation app. It tells me the ferry schedule and current ferry locations.

I'm stepping into a new role and next year I'll have a class with 5 seniors. I'm thinking that basic app development is probably one of the best places to work with a group of students that small. Also being in a small school I have the ability to work with high school students and elementary students. My goal is to have my seniors develop apps that can be used in the lower grades. All of this will require some technology I don't have yet. But it's nice to dream.
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#6491232 Aug 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM
15 Posts
Introduce yourself

Hello. I'm Greg. I have been teaching English in Korea for about four years to students ranging from pre-school to university students. Currently, I am working at a university teaching a conversation course and a writing course. That aside, I enjoy reading and writing fiction in my spare time.


Design Experience

I have little formal design experience. I recently finished 502, which helped me think about some aspects of design. That aside, I have been teaching myself Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop. I am trying to learn vector drawing (inking and coloring). Also, for my classes, I have started using badges and making my materials look more appealing.


Apps
Learning- Twitter
Communication- KakaoTalk
Game- Nyan Cat Lost in Space
Productivity- Splashtop



Mobile Devices

I only have an iphone 4 (iOS) and a laptop (Windows 7).



Tell us why you are playing this strand!

I would like to be able to do more advanced things with a computer. I'd really like to understand how programming works and how to build effective apps to help my students. Some of them commute to school on the subway up to two hours a day (one way), which means they spend a lot of time on their cell phones or tablets.
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#6492417 Aug 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
8 Posts
Hi Everyone,
I'm Becky. I am the Technology Director at a private Prek-12 grade school outside of New Orleans. I am "THE" tech person here so I do it all - purchasing, maintenance, teaching, staff development. I work with 8th grade and High School students teaching technology enrichment.
Design Experience:
For many years I created and maintained the school website and yearbook. Thank goodness those task have been allocated to someone else. I do enjoy photography and am comfortable with photoshop and dreamweaver.
I run the school's broadcasting station, where we use iMovie and just wrote a grant to get more macs and hopefully final cut pro.
Apps
Learning - You Tube - you can learn how to do just about anything there.
Communication - Facebook and ning
Game - WOW
Productivity - google for education

Mobile devices
We have over 150 ipad2 and ipad3 on campus. I personally use ipad and iphone
Tell us why you are playing this strand!
I think this would be a great addition to my 8th grade technology course so I hope I can keep up.

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