Sehnkar College Virtual Hanukkah competition @SecondLife finalists announced

3D Virtual  Hanukkah competition finalists announced!  
My students at @Sehnkar College of Engineering and Design Virtual Lab academic courses participated in 3D Virtual Hanukkah competition in which they learn in Second Life by using thier avatar to take the role of 3D designers, interactive architects and entrepreneurs [watch the short video clip I made above]. 
Bringing fun and engagement for meaningful learning is a big challenge that needs to be crafted very carefully.
Gamify education is not a magic solution that will work every time and in every context. Thoughtful learning goals planning, envisioning the player / learner interactions activities and designing the appropriate learning outcomes assessment rubrics is needed, to name a few.
Given all of the above,  video games and virtual worlds such as Second Life can serve as a robust playing ground for higher education in particular and for education in general.

3D Hanukkiyot Competition winners will be announced this Wed 8.12.10. Save the date!
Event will be broadcast live from Second Life and projected on Shenkar's Main Building following the Hanukkah [real] candles lightning ceremony !-)

Winner of the competition will gain a special opp from one of the most interesting biz vendors in Second Life today.
I wish you Happy Hanukkah. This year our joy is mixed with deep sadness due to the tragic life lose of the braves on Mount Carmel's forest fire. Wishing for better days to come.

Hanan Gazit, PhD
my work is a game

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