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Gaming Can Build Connections


Engagement is the only solution for better learning. “Connect with Culture and History through Game-Based Learning” is about a virtual environment giving authentic learning opportunity for aboriginal youths. Another story about learning tribe’s traditional language through video games is here.

Pauma tribal member Cyndy Bond, 11, has grown up speaking English and playing video games. So to learn her tribe’s traditional language, she whips out her Nintendo DSI.

Members of the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians hope that Bond and other tribal kids will be the first generation in about 40 years to speak Luiseno fluently, reviving a language that has nearly vanished.

To accomplish the revival, tribal members from toddlers to elders are turning to language lessons delivered on video gaming technology.

And they’re looking ahead to language apps for smartphones and other technology.

Last year the tribe, along with Cal State San Marcos’ California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, created game cartridges programmed to teach Luiseno vocabulary through a combination of writing, pictures and spoken words.

Tribal members ranging from children to elders lent their voices to the project…

(Read the full story here: Video games teach traditional tongue)

Gaming provides an engaging opportunity to connect old stuffs and new learners. Gaming can be a change agent for our society too! Maybe you can be a part of it, check out this “call for submission”: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Wants to Foster Innovation through Apps and Games Promoting Intercultural Dialogue

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network launched Create UNAOC 2012, an international competition for app and game developers to produce apps and mobile games that enable new avenues for intercultural dialogue. The aim of the project is to identify opportunities through innovative tools that promote intercultural dialogue, drawing on unique cultural resources and experiences of developers around the world.

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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