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The Hero's Journey: World of Warcraft Goes To The Classroom

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The World of Warcraft in School (WoWinSchool) Project is now nearly one year old. What began as an after-school program will be moving into the regular day classroom. Students will be playing World of Warcraft, reading a fantasy novel, and developing their literacy skills in the process.

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The Hero's Journey: World of Warcraft Goes To The Classroom

  1. 1. The Hero’s Journey WoWinSchool Goes To The Classroom
  2. 2. Lucas Gillispie Instructional Technology Coordinator Pender County Schools Burgaw, North Carolina On Twitter: @PCSTech www.edurealms.com
  3. 3. Craig Lawson Middle Grades Language Arts Cape Fear Middle School @MIDlawsonDLE Peggy Sheehy Media Specialist Suffern Middle School @peggysheehy
  4. 4. Where We’ve Been
  5. 5. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program
  6. 6. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males?
  7. 7. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males? Students Running To The Media Center After School
  8. 8. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males? Students Running To The Media Center After School Pros/Cons For After-School Club Format
  9. 9. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males? Students Running To The Media Center After School Pros/Cons For After-School Club Format The Pedagogical Ninja
  10. 10. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males? Students Running To The Media Center After School Pros/Cons For After-School Club Format The Pedagogical Ninja Improved School Attendance
  11. 11. Some Early Turnover - Competing After-School Program More Appeal For At-Risk White Males? Students Running To The Media Center After School Pros/Cons For After-School Club Format The Pedagogical Ninja Improved School Attendance Leverage
  12. 12. Meet “The Legacy”
  13. 13. Pwnership
  14. 14. Pwnership
  15. 15. You Never Know...
  16. 16. Fan Fiction
  17. 17. Fan Fiction Holiadore. It is a name of honor and pride. He has not yet lived up to the dream, but this night elf will train and train in the ways of the druid until he achieves his ultimate goal- to be as good as his father. His father never had pride in him so Holiadore ran away from home as a child and has practiced the ways of the druid ever since. He uses the skins of his foes to craft armor to use against stronger foes. He goes through many perils to do the bidding of the townspeople. He, in doing so, trains his abilities until they can increase no more. And when he reaches his ultimate goal, he will return to the place where he was raised, the place that, once, his family lived. And he will place flowers upon his father's grave, and continue in his practices. This is the story of Holiadore.
  18. 18. A Guild Web Page
  19. 19. Guild Officer Elections
  20. 20. Gnomish Flash Mob
  21. 21. Where We’re Going
  22. 22. The Classroom! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike52ad/4676429386/
  23. 23. Design... http://www.flickr.com/photos/amyjaneb/3441694479/
  24. 24. Hybrid Course Freely Available Paperless Granular Portable
  25. 25. Aligned To Common Core Standards http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenhester/3911529343/
  26. 26. The Approach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroesjourney.svg
  27. 27. Students As Heroes
  28. 28. Parallel Reading http://www.infoaddict.com/wp-content/uploads/HLIC/www.blogcdn.com/www.moviefone.com/insidemovies/media/2009/06/hobbit-book-cover.jpg
  29. 29. Reflection On Life Experiences
  30. 30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nik_doof/3710027084/
  31. 31. Teachers?
  32. 32. Lore Keepers!
  33. 33. Grades http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587222@N08/3492052267/
  34. 34. Grades http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587222@N08/3492052267/
  35. 35. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587222@N08/3492052267/
  36. 36. Experience Points (XP) http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587222@N08/3492052267/
  37. 37. Experience Points (XP) http://www.flickr.com/photos/8587222@N08/3492052267/
  38. 38. A Few Student Projects
  39. 39. Character Tweets
  40. 40. Search Fakebook Pages Home Profile Inbox Friends Settings Logout Rhak’zor last online via @spedteacher 10hrs ago Wall Info Photos Boxes Ads What’s happening now? Share View photos We Open Chests! View videos Rhak’zor I just became the mayor of Information Deadmines on @foursquare! Rats? Home: Deadmines, Westfall Relationship: Lookin’ 4 Love Political Views: Stormwind Sux Rhak’zor > Edwin VanCleef You know, “Edwin” is not a very scary name. Sucks you’d have to go to SW to get it changed. LOL Groups Friends Defias Brotherhood Cookie Dude, some chumps from SW just knocked me out and took my rolling pin! Edwin Sneed Cookie VanCleef Older posts
  41. 41. Pecha Kucha/Ignite Presentations http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakoko/3770857634/
  42. 42. Machinima
  43. 43. wowinschool.pbworks.com @wowinschool
  44. 44. Wanna Play?
  45. 45. Yes, Teachers Play WoW!
  46. 46. A Support Group Awaits! Cognitive Dissonance Guild Catherine Parsons @vgloucester
  47. 47. Lucas Gillispie www.edurealms.com
  48. 48. Questions?
  49. 49. Resource Slides
  50. 50. Violence? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sstask/4301554543/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/adobemac/257265824 http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/4084743369/
  51. 51. Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked Henry Jenkins
  52. 52. WoW: BattleChest - $29.99 x # of accounts 60-Day Subscription Card - $29.99 x # of accounts x # of months GameCom Headset - $29.99 x # of students Costs
  53. 53. Network Impact 1 = Login 2 = Entering Ironforge 3 = Logout/Background Downloader
  54. 54. Hardware Dell OptiPlex 360 3 Gig RAM Integrated Intel Graphics Game Performance: 14-30 FPS 84 Latency

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