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How Educational is Farmville?
Educational Games Research ^ | 2-27-10 | John Rice

Posted on 02/27/2010 12:23:18 PM PST by 7jason

Many players have noted the “work” in FarmVille seems somewhat educational. This, in fact, is what intrigues educators about video games in general. They are so interactive and require focused attention to progress. So, the thinking goes, if we can have students play with educational elements perhaps they’ll absorb some pedagogical content in ways they can’t through books or television. Could FarmVille be a tool leveraged for classroom use?

(Excerpt) Read more at edugamesresearch.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Education; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: educationalgaming; facebook; farmville; videogames
Good for the classroom? Good for teaching math? You decide.
1 posted on 02/27/2010 12:23:18 PM PST by 7jason
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To: 7jason

I, mystery-ak am addicted to Farmville....there I said it!!!


2 posted on 02/27/2010 12:26:40 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: 7jason

Farmville is very educational as most strategy games are. This is probably the upper echelon of video-gaming, though. Most of the stuff below this level isn’t very educational at all.

I highly recommend playing Civilization 3 or 4. This game can introduce the player to geopolitics and history and is a good start to really understanding our world and how it works. Many Lefties lack this understanding because of their insular indoctrination.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 12:30:27 PM PST by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: mystery-ak

LOL! I’m addicted,too! Who would have “ thunk” that when I retired I would take up farming?


4 posted on 02/27/2010 12:34:07 PM PST by PoplarBluffian
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To: mystery-ak

Hi Mystery-ak!

(wanna be fv neighbors?)


5 posted on 02/27/2010 12:35:33 PM PST by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: stefanbatory; mystery-ak
I was addicted too, I had a farm, and set up a farm on my daughter's facebook page. Yes, I had a problem.

So I deleted both of them. I still think with sadness of my lovely villa, my cows, my chickens, and my farming equipment.

6 posted on 02/27/2010 12:40:59 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: 7jason

Its not educational. White grapes don’t harvest a day after planting.

That reminds me...


7 posted on 02/27/2010 12:42:05 PM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: mystery-ak

I quit it.. boring


8 posted on 02/27/2010 12:42:58 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

Geeks in Geekworld.


9 posted on 02/27/2010 12:47:37 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: 1raider1

I guess ....


10 posted on 02/27/2010 12:52:42 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: PoplarBluffian

whew. Got them harvested before they withered! Thanks.


11 posted on 02/27/2010 12:55:21 PM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: lmr

I like Zoo Tycoon. It is hard. It requires you to work within a budget, plan your zoo, and take care of the animals.


12 posted on 02/27/2010 12:56:00 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: stefanbatory

sure....I will send you my real name via FR mail..lol


13 posted on 02/27/2010 12:57:31 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: mystery-ak

My website and FV keep me busy but I can walk away from my farm at any time....yes, I can....


14 posted on 02/27/2010 12:59:49 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: 7jason

Farmville VA. is pronounced “fawmvul” by the locals....


15 posted on 02/27/2010 1:01:20 PM PST by central_va ( http://www.15thvirginia.org/)
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To: mystery-ak
I enjoy Farmville, a lot. It was a great learning opportunity for my children when we sat down an created a spreadsheet to determine which crops were the most profitable. We continue to talk strategy on planting and animal harvesting to help them achieve their specific farming goals.

All in all, I think it's been a good learning tool for us. And it's fun too. The only drawback is the amount of time that can be spent working the game.

16 posted on 02/27/2010 1:02:33 PM PST by JesusBmyGod (Baruch ha'ba B'Shem Yahweh)
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To: mystery-ak

I’m addicted also, and my 11 year old plays after homeschooling is done...cool game.


17 posted on 02/27/2010 1:04:04 PM PST by kacres
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To: 7jason

I need FV neighbors. Not lectures about how “dumb” FV is.


18 posted on 02/27/2010 1:09:32 PM PST by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: PackerBoy

LOL. You tell ‘em, PackerBoy. Go git those neighbors!


19 posted on 02/27/2010 1:14:26 PM PST by 7jason
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To: 7jason

Hello, my name is Autumnraine and I am a Farmville addict.

My 8 year old plays Farmville on a closed Facebook account (no friends but me, I log her in and out) and she does really well figuring out how much she has to plant, how much she will make after the cost of plowing and buying seeds, etc... How many more animals she could fit on her land if she invested in chicken coops or stables for cows... and so on.

So yes, I say Farmville is educational in some ways.


20 posted on 02/27/2010 1:19:15 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: stefanbatory

I DO I DO!!! I wanna be fv neighbors!! I have lots of pink calves, LOL!


21 posted on 02/27/2010 1:19:56 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: 7jason

Have you seen Surrogates.....seems to me that was the ultimate in virtual reality. In my mind that goes along with this topic! ;0)


22 posted on 02/27/2010 1:28:33 PM PST by proudtobeanamerican1 (Prayers Up! It's our last defense!)
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To: mystery-ak

me too. i love being able to plant and harvest stuff (even if it isn’t real) while it is 25degrees and snowing outside.


23 posted on 02/27/2010 1:43:28 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: mystery-ak

I purposely have not played FV for that very reason. I am already addicted to Bejeweled Blitz and I don’t even like the game. I just want to beat all my friends. Lol!


24 posted on 02/27/2010 1:47:51 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: madamemayhem

FV neighbors?????

We should meet up on FR on FB and post an ADD MEE thread!

See Ya’ll there!


25 posted on 02/27/2010 1:49:21 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: 7jason

I heard Leo Laporte this morning talking about his healed addiction to Farmville. I had never heard of it. Is this something that can be played if you are not on Facebook? I just cannot bring myself to join Facebook.


26 posted on 02/27/2010 1:51:25 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: 7jason

Longwood University is in Farmville, thats pretty educational.


27 posted on 02/27/2010 2:46:06 PM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: 7jason

Monopoly is just as well IMO. I spend my time at FR and flea markets picking up old farm equipment to use myself when anarchy sets in and the economy tanks after some idiot shoots this President.


28 posted on 02/27/2010 2:46:19 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: autumnraine
Hello, my name is Buschbaby and I too am a Farmville addict!

I'm cracking up seeing FReepers ask for neighbors just like all the "Add Me!!" posts on facebook. But I'd gladly add you if you pm me your email :D

Autumn, my 8 yr old begs me daily for her own farm and will jump on mine if I don't watch and do all my chores! I'm just having a difficult time letting her have a facebook account.

30 posted on 02/27/2010 3:03:07 PM PST by buschbaby (Children are running the country. They need a mommy to whip their butts.)
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To: buschbaby

It was hard for me too, but I decided to do it very very regulated and the only thing she has is the games. I even made up a “Game friend” account so she could have at least two neighbors, but I am considering letting my relatives add her. Her picture is a snapshot of her farm, no pictures of herself are on there and I log her in and log her out. They also have new privacy settings where only certain people can see certain things. But I don’t even want to go to that point with it yet.

It was a big decision, but I realized that it’s not like she’s surfing with her friends. I have total control of her account and any notices of posts made or received go to my email.

But I completely understand the fear about it. I was hesitant too.


31 posted on 02/27/2010 3:12:59 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: GeronL

LOL!!!


32 posted on 02/27/2010 3:13:34 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: vetvetdoug

Hey! We have invested in farm equipment too! My husband built a chicken coop. Somehow I imagine the real life chickens will smell much worse than my farmville ones do. ha


33 posted on 02/27/2010 3:15:36 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: 7jason

It has potential but has gotten too far away from the concept of actual farming IMHO. It’s created by a company out of San Fran so I’m guessing their actual exposure to real farming is limited. It lost me with elephants, penguins and valentines, too bad.


34 posted on 02/27/2010 4:19:44 PM PST by think4yrsf (From Jefferson's Virginia)
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To: All

FR mail me and i will send you my name so you can be my neighbor...btw..I am a good neighbor hehehe


35 posted on 02/27/2010 4:34:04 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: All

If anyone wants to be my neighbor please FRmail me for info....


36 posted on 02/27/2010 4:40:33 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: think4yrsf

I don’t like all those things either...my farm is...a farm...lol


37 posted on 02/27/2010 4:41:28 PM PST by mystery-ak (gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: 7jason

I can quit Farmville anytime I want, but I don’t want to :)


38 posted on 02/27/2010 4:42:22 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: 7jason

Here is FreeRepublic on Facebook. Go there and comment on the ‘Farmville ADD MEE’ thread if you want to add or be added for FV neighbor....

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=26012226159


39 posted on 02/27/2010 5:15:27 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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