Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bonas THATCamp 2017 update

Bill Bechdel and Brian Mayer have been working on some cool ways to engage our THATCampers.  We're kicking off the day at 9 a.m. with Brian and Bill talking about escape rooms and their approaches, then we break into the unconference portion of the day.

We're setting up the unconference so that campers will have the option to participate in workshops on games, design, and curriculum or they can propose a session.

10 a.m. Brian and Bill will lead a hands-on workshop on designing games.  If you don't want to do that, propose a session campers.  It's an unconference!

11 a.m. open sessions - propose something when you register

Lunch - we're eating at the Hickey.  Lunch is on us.

1 a.m. Brian will have a hands-on session on aligning escape experiences to a curriculum.   Again, we will also have open sessions.

2:30 We can head down to XPhobia  to play!     You can register at  You don't have to stay for the entire event.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THATCamp Bonas

We’re hosting our second THATCamp on November 17 in Murphy Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  THATCamp in an “unconference” meaning that campers suggest topics for breakout sessions.  When you sign up at you will be asked to propose a topic that you are interested in learning more about.
Everyone is welcome and registration is free.  Snacks and lunch are included.  If you can’t make the whole event, that’s fine.  Come and go as your schedule allows.   Swag will be a limited number of tickets to play an XPhobia Escape room.  We’re wrapping up the event with the escape room at XPhobia.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Minecraft, History, and the Industrial Revolution

The Harvard Business Review Podcast has an interview with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft that has two interesting points for SBU history.  He notes that people love Minecraft and students in the public history class are working in Minecraft.  When asked about coping with the current technological disruption, he correctly notes that we've seen this before.  We should study the history of the industrial revolution for insight into the digital revolution.