Rugged Rukus Review
Aug25

Rugged Rukus Review

This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Rugged Rukus by Eton is a speaker system that I really want to recommend and for the most part it delivers on what it promises but there is a persistent recharging issue that continues to dampen my enthusiasm for this portable speaker.   Pros: – great battery life – loud sound for a small device – recharges other portable devices via USB – connects to audio devices...

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Elements of Gamification: Connection to Content
Aug25

Elements of Gamification: Connection to Content

While out in Vancouver I came across two contrasting examples of gamification. One example illustrated the power to engage and educate while the other example arguably served to engage the participant. As I look to create a gamified learning experience, the end goal is to engage and teach rather than to simply entertain. The connection and integration of learning goals will be critical as I design my gamified learning experience for...

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My Gamification Attempt: The HP 8300 Elite
Aug25

My Gamification Attempt: The HP 8300 Elite

Here it is. This is it. As part of my learning action plan for my CSU course (EMT501), I want to research and apply the concept of gamification in my work as a Learning Technologies Coordinator. My proposal initially indicated that I would attempt to gamify a technology workshop or resource that I would facilitate or use in supporting the professional development of teachers. The actual subject or piece of technology was to be...

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Microsoft’s Future in Education: The Xbox
Aug17

Microsoft’s Future in Education: The Xbox

A lot has been made about Microsoft’s foray into tablet hardware with its Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets. With Apple and Android tablets having a substantial head start in finding their way into classrooms, Windows-based tablets are still trying to gain a foothold in this competitive and crowded market. (See Best Student Tablets for 2013 from LAPTOP) But in looking at hardware for the classroom, the products that are now...

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Gamification in Action: Jeep Promotion
Aug15

Gamification in Action: Jeep Promotion

While spending some time up in gorgeous Whistler, B.C. I stumbled across a Jeep advertising campaign promoting its latest line of off-road vehicles. This promotion was one of many taking place during Crankworx, an annual freeride mountain bike festival that takes over Whistler mountain and village. With such a huge festival taking place, a company has to find ways of attracting the attention and time of consumers over the many other...

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