So I'll admit, this probably does not have much educational value, but how could I not share this?? Apparently, at the New York Museum of Art and Design they made a life-size Pac-Man game. That's right, Pac-Man in all its yellow semicircle goodness is projected all around you onto the walls and ceiling. Can you imagine the controls and how they change whenever Pac-Man moves from the wall to the ceiling?? Check out the awesome video and the news article!
So I think the coolest thing ever has happened today. I found this awesome article on Edge:
The creator of Minecraft, "Mojang has, announced Block By Block, a joint project with the UN which aims to involve youth in local urban planning.
Based on Mina Kvarter (My Blocks), a similar project focused on Sweden, Block By Block allows those who get involved to show urban planners and decision makers their own ideas for the future of the cities they live in.
A three year partnership, Block By Block will support UN-Habitat's Sustainable Urban Development Network in an effort to "upgrade" 300 public spaces by 2016.
A pilot project is already underway, focusing on an informal settlement in Nairobi called Kibera (pictured above, along with the equivalent in-game build constructed by Minecraft group FyreUK.
Mojang has committed to being the primary sponsor for Block By Block, and is currently working on a website to act as a reference hub for ongoing and completed projects."
Playmaker, a school developed by the nonprofit, GameDesk, is just now opening! It is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AT&T. The school opened today (September 7th 2012) with 60 students in 6th grade. The students make character sheets the first day of class that represents their skills and knowledge (probably known as resumes to most people) and then use a map modeled off of The Legend of Zelda to chart their school journey. The travel from the Emerald Forest of Media Arts to the Cave of Physics.
The school features a learning laboratory called the Learning Center which is a classroom of the future with plenty of digital tools to explore. The school also has an interesting STEM curriculum with epistemic tools like Mathmaker where students can take on the role of engineers. There is a ton going on in this curriculum so definitely check it out!