G-FMS Curriculum Development Journal – July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

The Hive collective gathered at Hostos with the group being made up of myself, Amara Dioubate, Kidany Cabrera, Waleska Martinez, Rocio Rayo, & Elijah Richmond in order to begin packing up our equipment and making the trip north to my home in Carmel, NY after one final meeting with Professors Baker and Fernandez.

But first the meeting… Having Rocio walk in cold to the meeting was incredibly beneficial, and we reviewed the games for her, and pressed the professors for more student issues to address, and SLOs to work with, she consistently brought up points the rest of us had either not considered yet, or had over looked all together. This effectively forced us to reconsider some design decisions in some of the games, but more often than not provided food for thought in terms of future modules.

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Professor Fernandez & Rocio Rayo

Professor Fernandez & Rocio Rayo

Rocio’s strength in the sciences was a great relief to Professor Fernandez, and the two of them got on famously.

Two particular concepts were thrown around for us to design in the coming weeks. The first being a game to help students with translating word problems into mathematical equations. Rocio suggested a card game based on Memory where matched sets of cards could be found which paired phrases with symbols. In addition, we revisited and brainstormed the concept of a social game involving a wall size poster of the periodic table with layered development of the various elements and how they fit into the table.

After these discussions, we playtested the rounding game with the professors to get their input, and revisited the SLOs one last time.

Once the professors had left we spent the remainder of the afternoon packing up, loaded up the truck, and headed north either in the truck or by train to reconvene in Carmel for dinner and some play testing to bring Rocio up to speed[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

The Number line game - now dubbed Argyle - being introduced to Rocio

The Number line game – now dubbed Argyle – being introduced to Rocio

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