Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Design Thinking: Good Game Design Vids

Hey folks,

These videos from SnoMan Gaming are mostly about VIDEO GAME design ANNNNNND  SUPER APPLICABLE to YOUR WORK


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Design Thinking: Help with Your Demo & Pitch Videos

When you are working on your demo & pitch videos and seeking to make the most convincing argument possible that your game will help, take a look at these resources and use them to inform your work.

You can also learn more about pitching from these resources.  (Some links may be broken.)

Design Thinking: Game Something That Matters Rubric & Design Challenge Outline

GAME SOMETHING THAT MATTERS


This design challenge calls upon you to pose an answer to this question:
How might we use games to address
community concerns in Franklin County?


This requires TWO levels of research and understanding: GAME DESIGN  & ISSUES/CONCERNS facing our Franklin County community.


Design a game that in which players achieve one of the following:


A. Create solutions to the problem
or
B. Understand the complexity of the problem
or
C. Empathize with people who are experiencing the problem


THEN create a video demonstration of your game -- you may want to include a slide deck -- that explains how your game works and serves as pitch to the community organizations that work on these issues to put your game to use for them.


FOUR DELIVERABLES
PLAYABLE GAME PROTOTYPE.
VIEWABLE & SHAREABLE. GAME DEMO & PITCH VIDEO.
CompIete INTENTION MAP for your GAME PROTOTYPE
Complete INTENTION MAP for your DEMO & PITCH VIDEO


Your final design will be assessed based on these two standards: your ability to draw general conclusions from multiple claims & evidence AND your ability to use digital (and analog) media to enhance understanding of reasoning.


NOTE: I’m trying an even more simplified approach to the rubrics with this one.  It is truly just copy and pasted from the MBC English curriculum Please let me know if you prefer this this rubric style or the ones I’ve given to you earlier this semester that included my descriptions and connections to the exact assignment.


ELA.08.SCC.01.02 Understands how to draw general conclusions from multiple comments, claims and evidence made on all sides of an issue.


Source of EVIDENCE: INTERVIEWS, VIDEOS & PODCASTS
DEMONSTRATIONS:  Intention Map, Game Design & Demo Video
Level of Understanding
Descriptor
4
Exceeds
The student draws conclusions  and identifies the logic (or lack of) behind the conclusions referencing and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.
3.5
Meets/Exceeds
With a few small changes, the student will draw conclusions, and identify the logic (or lack of logic) behind the conclusions referencing and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.
3
Meets at a Complex Level
During a collaborative conversation with the class the student draws conclusions from multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.
2.5
Independent Foundational
The student independently identifies (in writing or in a one on one conversation) multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.
2
Supported Foundational
With support the student identifies (in writing or in a one on one conversation)  multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.
1
Not Yet
With support the student struggles to identify multiple comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue.




ELA.05.SPS.01.01.B Is skilled at making strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence.
DEMONSTRATIONS:  intention map, game design, demo video

Level of Understanding
Descriptor
4
Exceeds
The student creates a multimedia display that is is inventive, offers a solution, has problem solving capability, and/or demonstrates inductive or deductive reasoning.
3.5
Meets/Exceeds
The student creates a multimedia display that with a few small changes or conversations with the teacher would be inventive, offer a solution, have problem solving capabilities, and/or demonstrate inductive or deductive reasoning.
3
Meets at a Complex Level
The student can independently create/make an effective multimedia display that enhances findings, reasoning, and evidence. It may analyze, classify, symbolize and/or present an argument.
2.5
Independent Foundational
The student can independently identify and create a multimedia display that conveys findings, reasoning, and evidence.
2
Supported Foundational
The student creates a display and consistently needs support from the teacher as they create and/or present a project with findings, reasoning, and evidence.
1
Not Yet
With support, the student struggles to identify and/or create a multimedia display.

Design Thinking: Experiment Phase: Game Something That Matters Design Challenge Work Days

Hi folks,

This Tuesday and Thursday are big, major, design and make and build and prototype days.  

The designs are due next Monday and you are expected to have a playable prototype and either video or slide deck that explains the intention behind your design, your empathy work to ensure your game is meeting needs and solving problems.

Here's one pathway to framing out your work between now and next Monday.

TUESDAY.

Prototype the Game Play.

Determine how your game is played and how that will achieve the goal of addressing the actual need -- whether it is making it possible for players to create solutions to the problem, to understand the complexity of the problem, to empathize with people who are experiencing the problem, or another goal.

If you are struggling, that's a very good place to start.  

DEFINE THE PROBLEM   Some residents [you can better define your target than "residents"] of Franklin County are experiencing _______________  because of ________________ and need _________________________.

Answer this question:

Is your game intended to help players: 

A. Create solutions to the problem
or
B. Understand the complexity of the problem
or
C. Empathize with people who are experiencing the problem 

This is a challenging design because you are trying to meet the needs of TWO user groups: 

one, you are trying to help those folks experiencing the problem.  

two, you are trying to help the players have a good game experience.


THURSDAY.

Prototype the Game Materials.

Cards, Boards, Pieces, Decks.  Make use of ALL the Success & Innovation Center has to offer.

We've got everything from 3D printing to laminating to recycled toys to wooden bits to LEGO to iPads to Makey Makey to LEDs and all that other good stuff in between.    


NEXT MONDAY.

Complete the Pitch Deck & Demo Video.  This will be what we share with partner organizations for feedback.  We will also be playing the games in class over the next several classes to get feedback.  


NEXT WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY.  We start investigating bias, telling  & begin our book-based design challenge.  Another narrative writing assignment is coming your way as well -- story of bias.  Similar to the story of empathy, this one will also ask you to use RESEARCH about BIAS in your piece as well. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Design Thinking: Adventure Grid Research Assessment

Today, your design team needs to dig into researching both game design and your Franklin County concern area.

You need to start by identifying the community partners at United Way of the Tri Valley area that work on your concern area.  This is vital because you need to reach out during class and schedule an interview during Friday’s class.

The graphic organizer is shared with you in your google drive and shown below.


ADVENTURE GRID
READ?
What did you read (articles, books, blogs, social media, etc.) to better find solutions to the problem? (Be specific! Add links! Do some research & thinking!)

WATCH?
What did you watch (documentaries, films, YouTube, news, etc.) to better find solutions to the problem? (Be specific! Add links! Do some research & thinking!)










LISTEN?
To what did you listen (empathy interviews w users, interviews with experts, podcasts, interviews, music, etc.) to find better solutions to the problem? (Be specific! Add links! Do some research & thinking!)










DO?
What did you do (build, create, visit, experience) to find better solutions to the problem? (Be specific)






















Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Design Thinking: Visualizing McGonigal & Game Design 3

VISUALIZING MCGONIGAL & GAME DESIGN 3

For your third Visualizing McGonigal assignment, we asked you to visualize one of these videos or podcasts.

PODCAST: Tim Ferris with Jane McConigal   Be certain to use the “show notes” -- found by scrolling down -- to help you jump to the moments in the podcast that are most likely to help you out.  
TED Talks:  Jane McGonigal:  Gaming Can Make the World a Better Place  -- be certain to use the transcript to help you jump to the moments in the talk that help you most AND to quote from her directly.
TED Talks: Jane McGongial: Thumb Wrestling  


Your CHOICES for visualizing the Q&A were as follows:



  • PLAYLIST the video/podcast using 3 songs you believe relate to key ideas in the video/podcast  and building it out on Spotify, YouTube or another streaming platform. 
  • GAME the video/podcast by identifying three games (video/board/card/sport) that reflect the key ideas such as those at Sketchnote Army
  • GIF the video/podcast  using three GIFs from GIPHY that reflect key ideas in the video/podcast.


After creating your visual translation of the  video/podcast , you needed to explain the intention behind your creation in a short video and upload it to our FlipGrid here.

You will be assessed on your reading comprehension standards for this assessment, so it's important you get your videos posted with all of your evidence.

Design Thinking: Visualizing McGonigal & Game Design 2

VISUALIZING MCGONIGAL & GAME DESIGN 2

For your second Visualizing McGonigal assignment, we asked you to visualize this 2015 Interview from McLean's with Jane McGongial.  (We found that article using the Maine MARVEL Databases.)

Your CHOICES for visualizing the Q&A were as follows:


  • PLAYLIST the article using 3 songs you believe relate to key ideas in the article and building it out on Spotify, YouTube or another streaming platform. f
  • GAME the article by identifying three games (video/board/card/sport) that reflect the key ideas  such as those at Sketchnote Army
  • GIF the article using three GIFs from GIPHY that reflect key ideas in the article.


After creating your visual translation of the article, you needed to explain the intention behind your creation in a short video and upload it to our FlipGrid here.

You will be assessed on your reading comprehension standards for this assessment, so it's important you get your videos posted with all of your evidence.