Violence and Video Games: What’s the Connection?

Excerpt from an excellent post. Definitely worth a read:

“Marathon 2 is typical of the violent games used in research.

There is a possible problem with this design. The researchers concluded that the violent nature of Marathon 2 was to blame for the increase in aggressive thoughts and mood, but it might have been that the complex nature of the controls were too much for new players to feel like they could do what they wanted in the game. This could then lead to frustration and a slightly hostile mood. In research parlance, this difference in the control complexity between the games is known as a “confound” because it offers an alternative explanation for the results.

This is exactly the thought that Andrew Przybylski (pronounced “Shuh-Bill-Skee”) and his colleagues (pronounced “colleagues”) had, and it lead them to an interesting study that was just published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.5 In that study, they wondered how much frustration over one’s inability to master game controls contributed to aggression, as opposed to the violent content of a game.”

Read the full post at Psychology of a Video Games Blog.


My Updated List of Free Music and SoundFX for Student Productions

My Updated List of Free Music and SoundFX for Student Productions

Here is my updated list of free music and sound effects for student (or other people) media productions. I encourage (read force) students in my video production classes to use audio from these sources for their projects. They also must provide attribution in the credits. I know that copyright law allows students to use copyrighted material for education purposes. But are we not encouraging students to share their work with the world? What happens when their excellent video project is uploaded to YouTube with copyrighted music? It is not longer a student project. I believe that it is important to show students how to use music that is legal and ethical to use, and will not cause their video to be taken down from YouTube.

I have also used some of these sites with English classes making book trailers or other video projects. After keeping track (no pun intended!) of this topic for several years, these are the best resources I have found and used regularly.

Newsy Website for Current Event Assignments

Newsy is a site I just heard about that produces videos for the biggest news stories of the day. They compile information from various news outlets to report their stories, including links back to the original articles and a transcript of the video. If you like to have your news delivered in video form, this could be a good site for you to use. It also could be a great resource for teachers and students who are reading article or research about current issues. The videos could act as an introduction to a topic, provide background information, or just be an alternative source for information. From what I have seen the videos are very professionally produced and comprehensive in coverage. This is not a source for cutting edge, investigative, or breaking news. I see it more as a supplement to discussions of current events.

They also have mobile apps for every platform.

Have any teachers used Newsy with their students?

My First Daily Creation!

For the past few months I have read about The Daily Create on Kevin Hodgson’s edublog. Today, I participated for the first time by celebrating a Happy 106 Day (I’m still figuring out what that is all about) with a dramatic trailer style video. The Daily Create posts a creative assignment everyday and collects the results on their site. I had fun doing this instead of the tasks that I feature in the video. I look forward to the next assignment.

This is something that could inform your teaching, but I see the value as just to help you as a creative professional to break up the monotony of the week and have some fun!

What do you think of The Daily Create? What do you think of my first one?