In the course of creating our MazeFire Game collections, we have encountered a great many Digital Resources As these may benefit students, consumers and organizations, we provide here a sampling of resources that seem reasonably good in terms of: (1) potential value to some portion of our targeted audiences, (2) accessible, i.e. offering helpful content outside of subscription firewalls, and (3) ease-of-use, i.e. rapidly loading pages with minimal bandwidth consumption and ad clutter. These are sites that MazeFire particularly likes and we will continue to add resources, including those of our content partners. We will, of course, avoid or remove items that do not meet the academic standards to which we aspire. We will also work to quickly correct any maze content found in error (please ping us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
#1.General ResourcesWhile no information source is perfect (including the top academic journals), there are a multitude of resources that offer valuable information to students and scholars, if used with discretion. We list here some destinations that we found helpful as information sources and for corroborating factual elements of our games. Our Ed-Tech 101 Maze game offers a broader picture/quiz regarding the current state of education.
Google Scholar. Google, Bing and other search engines are the dominant information tools of our era, but Google Scholar is unique in organizing published articles (mostly from real journals) sorted using a relevance-impact algorithm. It quite helpfully points readers to articles that cite the items found in the search.
PubMed. In the life science and medical fields, PubMed is a more selective resource that lists articles published by qualified academic journals chronologically.
Google Image. It's nominally a general-information resource, but if you query with (e.g.) Neanderthal Genome, you'll find a wealth of information that you can peruse in image mode, a brain operational state that complements our more traditional text-scanning research mode. You can find many interesting niche resources with this approach.
Khan Academy. Created in 2006, Salman Khan's video lessons aim to provide a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere. Skyrocketing popularity, especially in the K12 space, led to support from the Gates Foundation and from Google (to translate lessons).
#2. Special Educational ResourcesThese resources have been of help in different aspects of our content creation efforts and/or are noteworthy for other reasons particular to the MazeFire mission.
Best History Sites Highly recommended by BBC, NY Public Library and others, this site offers a wealth of hierarchical, easily navigated resources including paragraph-length descriptions making this an invaluable resource for teachers and anyone interested in history. Wikipedia's page titled History is another neat resource.
50 Great Serious Games Rose Jensen, at OnlineColleges.net, provides links and useful snapshot of wide-ranging games, mostly for ages high school and up. Spanning business, nanotech, defense and Sandra Day O'Connor's courtroom journeys, this site has fun activities but some links fail.
Yale Teachable Tidbits In conjunction with the National Academies Summer Institutes, the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching offers a nice collection of Teachable Tidbits, including active learning exercises. Dr. O'Malley is a National Academy Teaching Fellow for 2014-2015 academic year.
MEDscience MEDscience, based out of Harvard Medical School, is an immersive premedical institute that offers an intensive, simulator-based curriculum for premedical students at Boston area high schools and serves as a model of applied medical sciences/STEM learning.
Meridian Academy Meridian Academy is a project-based, interdisciplinary secondary school in Boston for students who want to become experienced problem-solvers with leadership skills and carry out original projects, while making connections between academic concepts and the real world.
Want to know more about Genetics and Evolution? Or Huckleberry Finn and The Great Poems? You might find MOOC List helpful. They provide a rolling list of courses upcoming in the next 30 days and I was able to link thru to a Dino101 MOOC by Coursera.
Orion Business Solutions
If you wish to launch an Ed-Tech enterprise, Orion provides the total package, from Web Design to expert development practices to market launch. Creators of MazeFire 2.0 and other novel web deployments, you can contact Orion at email@example.com.
Coursera Contact Info
Coursera and EdX are two major MOOC providers. If you need to contact Coursera about any of their courses, technical issues or using MOOCs in your instruction, this page provides some email addresses. My initial registration failed, but I do have an open trouble ticket.
Free Textbooks via OpenStax
Open Stax, in collaboration with Rice University and many contributors, offers free, peer-reviewed Digital Textbooks. Their Biology text seems nice, with tons of useful info, and the Physiology download was most helpful (as I was in a pinch). Nice video links too.
Peer-to-Peer University This grass roots, open-education project offers MOOCs, badges, lab reports and other tools for lifelong learning. You will find here schools of Education, Webcraft and Data. You can create your own courses and can both earn and create badges.
#3. Niche and Accessory Resources
Stay tuned for an impending collection of more specialized resources.
#4. Early Contributors to MazeFire Games
Andres Brisson, Whitenoise Technologies, Whitenoise Cryptography Maze Kim Cataldo, Northeastern University, History of Art 101, Nutrition 101, Jazz 101 Lt. Col.Ingrid Centurion, Centurion Technologies, Military AirPower 101 and 102 Prof. Tim Darvill, Bournemouth University, Stonehenge 101 Jessica Emory and Stephanie Kinkel, Meridian Academy: Math and Science 101 Chaitany Hiremath, Seal-o-Earth.org, Seal-o-Earth 101 Hstry.co, History of the Civil War – Maze 1 Stephanie Kang, MEDscience, Physiology 101 Pak (in progress) Nareh Sahakian, Northeastern University, Bio 100 Survey 1 & 2, Psychology 101, 102 Steven Saunders, Attorney, Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers LLP, Patent Law 101 Aylit Schultz, AccessQualityHealth.com, Asthma 101 Amy Stedman, Northeastern University, Autism 101 Kyle Turley,, Attorney, Wilmer-Hale, Patent Law 102 Prof. Barbara Waszczak, Northeastern University, Pharmacology 101 Paklet