Scott Rice of Library Games announced the completion of an online game called “Keyword Konundrum” that helps learning about keyword searching. Scott explains “The game intends to teach that search engines do not always produce the results you intend. The game shows 10 images downloaded from Yahoo! Images and 5 words, one of which was the word used to produce the image search results you see. Just click on the right word. The game gets harder as you go as you are given less time, shown fewer images, and the words get closer in meaning. If you choose the wrong word, you can click the “Show me the Pictures” link and see the images you would have gotten if your word was used to do the search.”
Scott has made Keyword Konundrum available online and gives the codes for downloading it to your library server.
Nethernet is a Passively Online Multiplayer Game found at www.nethernet.com.
Scott Rice of the E-Learning Librarian describes it this way in his blog:
“The gist of this game is that you install a firefox extension that tracks the sites you visit and allows you to interact with everyone else that has that extension. You accumulate datapoints (DPs) by surfing around, but also by finding crates that other users leave on websites. Or you might leave a crate, or a mine (which detonates when someone else visits the site, costing them datapoints). You can wear armor to protect yourself from mines, you can throw grenades, build portals and lightposts to take people to new websites, and lots of other activities.
The lightposts were the functionality I was looking for, because the game allows you to string together a set of lightposts, annotate them and call it a mission. Someone taking your mission would be led on a tour of these sites with your commentary.
So my thinking is that I will create library missions for the students to go on to learn about services, etc. I will have the students produce a number of missions, finding scholarly articles, books, websites, etc. for topics based on the class. Hopefully, this will all be much more fun and interesting (and possibly they’ll learn a little bit more).”