School-Based LAN Parties

I finished my presentation about an hour ago — video games.  It was a formal keynote style presentation for about 90 technology directors in the Dallas, Texas area.  We’re currently watching a presentation from Lightspeed, a network content management system (content blocker).  They paid for the lunch.  This is actually quite interesting — and the data that is generated about what users of the network are doing, where they’re going, what they’re looking for, and what they’re downloading.  It seems like information that might be useful to school principal and especially the librarian.  If I was a teacher, I’d also love to see what my students are doing on the network.  It could give me an “in.”

I started thinking about these systems and the Passively Multiplayer Online Game, developed by Justin Hall.  It’s a Firefox extension that turns Internet research into a competitive game.  Why couldn’t these network monitor and control programs be turned into a game, fashioning the point system into a competition that rewards responsible and effective research.

Playing Video Game during my presentationWhile paying attention, I moved the chat transcript that was generated by attendees with computers.  I usually try to get that moved over to the wiki right away, and then read through it and insert (wiki-style) my 2¢ worth.  Going through this, I learned about a school that is holding a monthly LAN party in their building about once a month.  Apparently it was suggested by the students, and it is shaparoned by an assistent principal — probably a young person.  The kids still beat him.  I’m hoping to find the person who chatted about this before I leave.  Would love to record a podcast interview.

Finally, to the right is a picture that I took during my presenation.  You’ll notice that he is playing a video game, Guild Wars.  That was a real first for me.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.