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Tech Task #6: Global Classroom Response

Write a blog post about this session. Include some ideas and links you found interesting. Discuss ways you might incorporate these ideas into your classroom.

Last Week, our class had the opportunity to have a session with Silvia Tolisano as a guest speaker. She talked about Global Learning and shared techniques students and classrooms around the world are learning with each other. I found her lecture very interesting because this was a different perspective in what I am used to do with technology.  She showed many ways and examples on how we can connect with people from different parts of the world. I pinpointed two examples from her lecture that really stood out among the rest:

1. Teddy Bears Around the World – Is a program that Silvia Tolisano put together. This program will enable her students to see each other’s countries, customs and traditions through the eyes of our “teddy bears” and open their horizons through a more global perspective. I personally think that this idea amazing. However,  it aims to capture younger students in the program with having the portrayal of Teddy Bears as being friendly.

2. Around the World with 80 Schools – Is also a challenge that Silvia put together. The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype.  This challenge is very interesting  because it shows the another purpose of Skype; Online Teaching. So far, 600 teaches across the world have used this challenge to connect to other people across the world.

With these programs and people like Silvia Tolisano, Eliminating Global Illiteracy is within our grasp.

Learning Project Linker #2: The Multiplayer mode – Hours Spent: 3hrs

After playing another three hours of this video game, I have reached level 14 as a gamer in this game.

I gained these abilities that helped me in battles.

AC Brotherhood icon Streak Bonus 300.png Streak Bonus +300

  • Level acquired: 13
  • Streak type: Kill streak

This bonus is applied once you have killed three targets silently (you will see the Silent score). The bonus adds an additional 300 points to each successive silent kill until you lose a contract or kill a target without the Silent bonus.

AC Brotherhood icon Morph.png Morph

  • Level acquired: 14
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Cooldown time: 60 seconds

The Morph ability changes all characters within a 3.2 radius of you into your character’s skin. Try to find a group to use this one to increase the probability that your pursuer will pick the wrong target. You can also use this ability to counter your target’s Morph ability or Blender perk. When you use it on a group that has been morphed/blendered already, all the NPCs will change to your skin, revealing your target. Combined with Disguise, you can walk slightly away from your morphed group so your pursuer’s compass is still full, and he’ll likely kill someone in the group or at least smoke or charge the group, instead of you.

Some people have asked me about my struggles in the game and this is I respond to it. This is a sample video of a Wanted match:

If you’re playing Wanted, you are given an assassination contract or to kill your target while being targeted by other people simultaneously.  I find it difficult to get a kill during the first 7 hours of my game because most of the players are level 50, the highest level that you can get game-meaning that they have every skill,perk, and bonuses. Also, whenever I try to land on a kill, I always die in the hands of the enemy via stab or the infamous Poison. Most enemies in the game have this skill and with said skill they rack the most points.

AC Brotherhood icon Poison.png Poison

  • Level acquired: 29
  • Duration: 5 seconds
  • Cooldown time: 90 seconds

This ability lets you poison your target for a delayed kill and a 100–300 point bonus, depending on which version you use. It’s dangerous to use this ability, because it takes five seconds to kill your target, and if another pursuer takes them out before the poison gets them, you only get 50 points. You must also be much closer to your target than for a normal assassination, so it is riskier. However, the rewards are worth it, especially with Long Lasting Poison that gives you the most points. Combined with Rapid Reload Disguise, this combination can add 500 points to you kill, and is the ability set that will gain you the most points in Wanted. Another good pairing is with Smoke Bomb, which you can use offensively to let you safely get in and deliver the poison.

In this game, the person who gets the most kills does not get the most points. In fact, going out in the open and killing everyone will make you vulnerable to attack and does not give you a lot of point per kill. The person with the most effective kills always win. I struggled a lot in playing the game. This game has almost three hundred Non-playable characters on the map and most  some of them look like you, the character you have chosen. here is a list of characters:

BarberWall.png BlacksmithWall.png CaptainWall.png CourtesanWall.png
Barber Blacksmith Captain Courtesan
DamaRossaWall.png DoctorWall.png EngineerWall.png ExecutionerWall.png
Dama Rossa Doctor Engineer Executioner
FootpadWall.png HarlequinWall.png HellequinWall.png KnightWall.png
Footpad Harlequin Hellequin Knight
MarquisWall.png MercenaryWall.png NobleWall.png OfficerWall.png
Marquis Mercenary Noble Officer
PariahWall.png PriestWall.png ProwlerWall.png SmugglerWall.png
Pariah Priest Prowler Smuggler
ThiefWall.png
Thief

Basically, you play as one these characters and try to kill your target. the best strategy is to “blend” in with characters that look like you to confuse your enemy. that way you can escape your pursuer or stun them by pressing O. If you stun your pursue, he/she will lose their contract on you and will change into another person. Wanted is a game where its “free for all” and 8 of you guys battle it out in ten minutes. This game is all about Stealth. It is like being a thief or being a gun for hire assassin.

Well, I usually succeed on killing players that new to the game or “noobs” that do not know what they’re doing and do not even care about the consequences. killing them is easy and gives you more time to hide and survive from the professional gamers.

This games offers a lot of learning curves and it takes practice, finger dexterity, and dedication. It’s hard but it is very rewarding.

Sources for infos and graphs:

http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Assassin’s_Creed:_Brotherhood/Abilities,_perks,_bonuses

http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/Multiplayer/ACBH#Characters

Thoughts on the Learning Project

At first, I was a little sceptical about this “Learning Project”, but this could be a very good learning experience. I was given approval by Dean Shareski himself to learn to play a video game that I am not good at. I chose Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood due to my sudden intrigue of its setting, Italia or Italy in English, the birth place of the Renaissance, and home of the of the most wonderful edifices such as the Roman Colosseum, not to mention Pizza lol. Just kidding.  This is the Catalyst where I am going to post my progress as I “Unravel” the mysteries and secrets of this video game.

Learning Project Linker #0: Overview – Hours Spent: 0hrs

Overview

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Image via Wikipedia

Ah yes! my learning project. a game we call Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. But not just yet! lol we need to see the review first to see if the game is worth playing.

What you need to know about the game:

Setting is in Rome, Italy. The “Boot” country and the home of pizza.

There are two Modes:  Story Mode and Multiplayer.

Story Mode starts where Assassin’s Creed 2 left. It is solely single player, so no jumping to another player’s story mode and killing the crap out of them. Thanks a lot Demon’s Souls.

Multiplayer is a mode where you play as the enemy and training as a modern day via Animus, where you “fill in” the shoes of your chosen player where you are given an assassination contract and pursue your enemy while at the same time being pursued by others. It’s a massacre alright

here is a video review of Ign to get us all started, IGN:. Now that it is out of the picture, here is the collect reception of the game from wikipedia.org:

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has been very well-received by critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 90.59% and 89/100, the PlayStation 3 version 90.06% and 90/100 and the PC version 88.40% and 88/100. It won best Action Adventure game in the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2010The game has also been nominated for 7 British Academy Video Games Awards in 2011, including Best Game. It won an award in the Action category, losing to Mass Effect 2 in the category for Best Game.

The multiplayer was heralded by many at E3 2010, where it was showcased for the first time. GameTrailers lauded it as the Best Multiplayer Game of the show.The multiplayer portion of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was generally well-received by critics. Game Informer gave the Brotherhood a 9.25/10, commenting that the ability to raise a group of followers was a significant enhancement to the previous title’s gameplay, and praising the new multiplayer mode as something never before seen. The magazine’s review also gave very high marks to the graphics, sound effects and voice acting.

Eurogamer praised everything about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, giving it a 10/10, and particularly noted the maturity of the story: “One mission sees Ezio disrupting an assassination attempt in the ruins of the Roman Colosseum during a play about the death of Jesus Christ. It demands a developer of poise and compassion to wield such thorny concepts deftly, and it’s a measure of Ubisoft Montreal’s maturity that it is more than equal to the challenge…Brotherhood builds an intriguing mystery around compelling characters, surrounds them with collectibles and secrets, and encourages play – and nothing feels out of place.”

Reviews for the delayed PC version questioned the reason behind the delayed release date as the game was virtually unchanged from the console version albeit with better graphical enhancements and minor bonus content. However most praised Ubisoft‘s move to remove the DRM that marred the PC version of Assassin’s Creed II as well as include all DLC free of charge.

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