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2015.05.15 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Paul Gestwicki
Karen Schrier
Stephen Jacobs
Sabrina Culyba
Josephine

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2015.04.17 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Misc Discussion
    • Who's attending Games for Change?
    • Reviewing articles for the journal
  • Items for the group to pursue

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Elena Bertozzi
David Simkins
Karen Schrier
Stephen Jacobs
Sabrina Culyba
Paul Darvasi
Tobi Saulnier

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2015.03.20 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, April 17, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Misc Discussion
    • GoToMeeting was updated, takes some getting used to, but we did figure out how to pull out the text section so you can increase the width / size of the area (drag the header out and it pulls out into its own window which only works on windows currently
    • Who was at GDC? Who wasn't? split pretty evenly
    • IGDA LEG SIG overview
    • Game Design handbook for educational games from Glasslab Games (Erin and Michael are both LEG members)
  • Items for the group to pursue
    • Important to note that each one of these needs a leader/champion or two to help push it along, folks who volunteered for those roles are in parenthesis listed above
    • Talked about perhaps having separate breakout meetings for the topics to better focus on them.
    • Book 2 update: Waiting on final chapters to come in and then a final edit and off to the publisher
    • Upcoming things: Games for Change Festival, GLS in July, AERA in April, DiGRA in May, Gen Con, Serious Play - -our online spreadsheet listing these is available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l2pk5YKs1Xn84yDvIOwLhBYgDA7MJu1btCH1boAgD-k/edit#gid=1610378057

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Elena Bertozzi
David Simkins
Karen Schrier
Scott Reinke
Laura Lantz
Josephine Tsay
Rob Lockhart
Sabrina Culyba
Michael John
Erin Hoffman
Osvaldo

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2015.02.20 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Monday, February 23, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Now I Get It! Jam
    • Idea is to get educators and developers together to make playable experiences that tackle hard concepts
    • 2.5 day event in Pittsburgh, following a summit at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Center about transformational experiences
    • Primarily focused on digital games but wouldn't disallow a physical game
    • Looking for 10 ideas of difficult concepts that might benefit from an interactive, playful experience
    • Spread the word!
  • GDC
    • Who's attending, meeting plans, etc.
    • Existing plan for the meeting
      • Introduce leaders to contact for more info
      • How to get on the mailing list / meetings outside of GDC
      • Initiatives from the last year
      • Initiatives for this year
      • Initiates we want but have not been scheduled/solicitation of new initiatives
    • Folks really enjoyed learning about everyone else last year, although it took a large portion of the meeting perhaps there's a way to keep that portion of the meeting since many found it valuable
    • Perhaps break into smaller groups to meet a smaller group (maybe based on topics? like breakout groups?) in detail then come back to the full group to do the rest of the meeting. Would provide an opportunity to learn more in detail with folks but not require the whole time.
    • Publicize the new book! Matt to get flyers from Karen to have available at the meeting

Who attended:
Matt Nolin
Sabrina Culyba
Scott Nicholson
Karen Schrier
Laura Lantz
Paul Gestwicki

 

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2014.10.24 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, January 16, 2015

Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.

  • Introductions
  • Book 1 Launched!
  • Recap of White House Educational Game Jam
    • Tweets at #whgamejam
    • Videos of final projects on Youtube
    • Plan to do a case study for Book 2
  • Updated igda.org/leg web page with additional information / various tweaks
  • Look into using a better solution for chatting, Slack / Hipchat are options but require creating an account.
  • Book 2 is focused on Contexts in Learning / How to use games in differing contexts

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2014.09.19 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.
  • Introductions
  • Book Update
  • Mark mentioned he was asked by Maker to write a blog post version of a summary of the game making tools spreadsheet if anyone wanted to help with that.
  • Website? How are we doing there?
    • Page that lists what folks had wanted to put on the site was here. Was having trouble with permissions due to a change @1stplayable.com google docs handling so folks could not access it (UPDATE: created a new one with permissions that should allow anyone to edit - this page should be accessible by all 
    • Updated site to link to the legbookseries wordpress page.
    • Want to continue working on the site to get it polished.
  • GDC
    • Discussions on submitting to Ed Summit (about teaching people to be game devs vs making games for learning and education), if it's something folks will be doing, some folks are (Stephen).
    • Call closes 10/3
    • Information about what makes a stronger presentation that may be more likely to be accepted.
    • GDC Next in November in LA for any members attending

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2014.08.15 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014

This month we didn't hold a full regular meeting but had a quick email update:

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2014.07.18 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

This month we didn't hold a full regular meeting but had a quick email update:

  • Mentioned our site (this one!) was live and available for folks to view at http://igda.org/leg.
    • Has some placeholder information but a place for us to keep everything we are working on, list upcoming events, etc.
  • Requested feedback on the site
  • Would like to include information on the books / updates on the books progress.
  • Could add additional resources to the site (something that was discussed previously).
  • Worthwhile to have a place where members can post their (or other) publications having to do with learning and educational games?
  • Katrin still interested in helping with game reviews / analyses.
  • Katrin mentioned her book called "Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom  – A Practical Guide". The table of contents is here: http://minkhollow.ca/MagicBullet/doku.php?id=book-toc It should be out mid-end 2015.

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2014.06.27 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.
  • Introductions
  • Website
    • Went over the setup of the site (how it works on igda.org)
    • Don't have to pay for hosting
    • Only IGDA members can post/comment/update things (may change in the future but not guaranteed)
    • Additional features, some may be confusing (dual member list, one in google docs and one on the site)
    • Blog posts, calendar, etc.
    • Keep both google group and website -- google group is for discussion, while website is for archiving / keeping a place where we can see what is going on or we have done.
  • Book Update
    • Book one planned to come out in August
    • Launch party planned for Oct 9th in NYC -- party is cohosted with GBLNYC
    • Waiting on one more chapter for book two and doing final edits/formatting
  • Potential group initiatives
    • Host resources for teachers /other groups on site?
    • Collect info on various educational game portals out there and do a report on pros/cons?
    • Rate games for learning? Discuss how to do that?
    • Key to have a leader or two attached to each initiative to drive it forward.
  • Upcoming Events/Conferences Spreadsheet
    • Update with what you know is coming up! Link to spreadsheet is here.

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2014.05.16 - Meeting Notes

Posted By Matt Nolin, Friday, June 27, 2014
Here are the highlights from the meeting below and the chatlog is attached.
  • Introductions
  • Website
  • Slack? Do we want to use it instead of GoToMeeting?
  • Book Update
    • Volume 1 delivered to publisher!
    • Fully moved onto Volume 2
      • Most final/semi-final chapters for Volume 2 but waiting on a few
      • Still need short case studies of around 400 words which cover educational games, projects, research labs, and/or studies (due on June 15th). Lots of other ways to be involved, see chat log for details
      • Launch party or parties for conferences?
  • Well Played Ed Games reminder
    • CFP: Dec 14, Submissions Due Mar 15...
  • Upcoming Events/Conferences Spreadsheet
    • Needed updating (we updated some information live in the meeting, could use more). Link to spreadsheet is here.
  • Focus Groups within the SIG
    • Point person/people for group initiatives are needed (i.e. Karen for Books)
  • Other Miscellaneous Updates
    • Games 4 Change
    • Rethinking STEM-D Conference
    • American Alliance of Museums Conference
    • xAPI
    • Serious Play Conference

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