Saint Paul Learning Labs update #3

Saint Paul Learning Labs Project

What we're doing

The GLS (Games * Learning * Society) Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is billed as the "premier event in the field of videogames and learning."  We gathered for serious discussions about what is happening in the gaming field, and how it can serve the public.

We learned so much about the importance of play, rewards vs. motivation, the pedagogy of games, the four freedoms of play, the relevance of games to life/learning, online safety, implications for the traditional classroom, the benefits of gaming for health and social skills, and implications for our learning labs project.  Full notes will be available on our YOUmedia toolkit page.  (see below)  

YOUmedia Toolkit
YOUmedia/Learning Labs projects now have an online toolkit with resources to help plan, build, and sustain a digital learning lab.
The toolkit will also allow us to share more about the Saint Paul Learning Labs project with our colleagues and the community.  
We will let you know when this important tool goes public.  

Coffeeshop Hours
In June we had our first coffeeshop hours. A couple of us working on the project joined a few interested folks for an informal conversation over coffee. It was a great way to get a like-minded people in the same space talking about the possibilities for the project. Please join us for July's hours.  (see right)

Inspiring places

 GLS Conference
youmedia toolkit
YOUmedia Toolkit
sector 67
Sector 67: While in Madison for the GLS conference, we stopped by Sector67.  We found a hodge-podge of innovative tools, best described on their website as: a non-profit collaborative space dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology; including software, hardware, electronics, art, sewing, pottery, glass, metalwork, iPhone/Android applications, games, etc.where zero experience necessary, only enthusiasm to learn required.

What's next

We continue to learn and keep up the momentum and excitement around the project. 

Coffee shop hours
  • Drop in anytime between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for conversation about the project
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012 
  • Groundswell Coffee community room, corner of Hamline and Thomas