We are thrilled to finally announce the launch of the beta version of 3D GameLab, an online learning platform that lets teachers turn their classrooms into a living game! Chris Haskell and I have been developing and using the platform for over a year with a variety of students from teens to college graduate students. We’re really excited about our August summer camp, when we launch our new closed beta version platform, inviting in other teachers and instructional designers for the first time!
For those of you who know me, I’ve been interested in using games and game-like environments in education for many years. I believe learning should be fun, joyful, something you’re excited to be involved with on a daily basis, something that excites your passion. Chris has really helped me understand that to create a game-based learning environment, you have to game it, you can’t “teach” it. In our camp last summer, we started exploring the development of a meta-game quest tracking tool, something that would allow our kids to choose quests and track their own achievements across a variety of games and learning experiences. 3D GameLab was born.
3D GameLab will grow and evolve in ways we can’t even imagine at this point. We built the tool, but the content will be evolved by the users of the system. I hope you can join us this summer, or at a future time, to explore new ways of thinking about learning in a digital era.