It has been quite some time since I have blogged about the use of games in education. It is hard to believe the amount of time that has passed since I first met the people from Muzzy Lane in Washington D.C. at NCSS years ago. Since then I have done many things promoting the use of games in education. But the winds of change have come to Oak Hill High School. We have recently completed an upgrade in our technology which included a change in servers and systems. I often describe myself and tech friendly but not tech literate. I have never been interested in the nuts and bolts of technology….just what can I do with it.
We now have some nice equipment at Oak Hill. However, it is not compatible with my ancient version of Making History. I have always used the oldest version. It is the one that was more targeted for education. The newer versions of the game are much more “gamer” friendly but not so much for the classroom. So my continued use of MH The Calm and Storm is now in serious doubt. Other changes this year…..I have not had a class blog to this point. This may be more of a timing issue than anything. When our school year started our computer labs were down. No access at all. So I didn’t set blogs up with students. And now that the year is rolling and I have defaulted back to pen and paper for writing it is hard to stop the wheels of education.
I am teaching sociology again for the first time in a couple of years. However, I have yet to play The Sims. Again, when I was playing before I used a laptop and a portable projector. I now have a projector mounted in my room that runs through a splitter for my desktop, sat tv and dvd player. I now have some issue trying to hook up my laptop to the projector and my desktop is as old as father time. So the logistics of The Sims have not come together.
Anyway….I could go on but I have really not been using games this year. I do miss it. I will return to it. I will have to change with the new system. Now that football is over for the season I will have some additional time to work out the details of some of these things.