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Serious Play Conference Speakers Preview: David Conover

By : Eliane Alhadeff

David Conover, an innovative high school at risk teacher, engages his students -- and stimulates an interest in a career in technology - by having the students build games and simulations for young patients at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas.

XPLingo Play Your Language Brings Your Country Of Choice Directly To Your Device

By : Eliane Alhadeff

XPLingo - Play Your Language is a start-up in its very early stage founded by Ingo Ehrle and Jose Freitas. In early 2014, Ingo Ehrle, a business developer who had worked for six years in Barcelona building up a subsidiary for a German software company, was looking for a technical co-founder to start a business in language learning.

Call For Chapters Serious Games And Edutainment Applications - Volume 2

By : Eliane Alhadeff

Editors Prof. Minhua Ma, Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK; Dr. Andreas Oikonomou, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK and Prof. Lakhmi Jain, University of South Australia, School of Engineering, Australia, have issued this week a “Call for Chapters” for the second volume of Serious Games and Edutainment Applications published in 2011.

Gamelearn Creating Adventure Serious Games To Develop Soft Skills

By : Eliane Alhadeff

Gamelearn is a world leader in Corporate Serious Games to develop soft skills. According to the company, leadership, personal productivity & time management, negotiation & conflict resolution, and communication are among the most valued skills by employers.

Backyard Engineers By Filament Games Helping Teachers Introduce Engineering Concepts

By : Eliane Alhadeff

Filament Games has won a silver medal at the 2015 International Serious Play Awards for its Backyard Engineers Serious Game.Backyard Engineers is an online game that helps players think like engineers as they design their own homemade catapults: players experiment with physics concepts and manipulate several catapult components -- such as gear ratios, arm lengths, and building materials -- in their quest to design the ultimate water balloon launcher. It's easy enough to jump in, with helpful tutorials and extra instructional text throughout.

Toolwire Writing Games Attain Contextual Relevance For English Composition In The Real World

By : Eliane Alhadeff

Toolwire has won two silver medals at the 2015 International Serious Play Awards for its Virtual Medical Internship and Writing Game Series products. Providing a “virtual internship” experience at a fictional television news station, the Toolwire Writing Game Series challenges students to review, practice, and demonstrate college level writing skills in authentic workplace scenarios.

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