GAMapping the Planet:
Turning the World into a Game

An HZ Geo Project

What if the world was a game?

The Beginnings

Game + Map = GAMap

But really, a GAMap can be thought of as the outcome of a process - the process of turning the world into a game that helps deepen our understanding of, and connection to, a place and the perspectives that place is helping to create.  

A GAMap should make the GAMap creators, players, and mapped communities better.

We sort of invented GAMapping.  Below are the results of our first attempts at GAMapping.  Inventing is never an easy and straight-forward process, and all of us have navigated it remarkably well.  Please honor the challenge of the process as you watch at least 3 of the video presentations below.

As you watch, keep a critical eye. What captured your attention and made you think more deeply about our question: what is the relationship between place & perspective? What is missing? What confuses you?  Share your comments on the video in the comments on YouTube.

Please also review the Google Document that each team created to guide their investigation and GAMap creation.  Ask yourself: what information is most helpful in organizing an investigation?  What should we include in a final Community Cartography Investigation Report?

The MYP, GAMapping, and YOU

Please review the MYP Individuals and Societies Criteria; and peruse through this resource from the IBO.  

These criteria are meant to help us define our achievement level and learning success for this project.  This way we can have clear guidelines to support during the creative learning process as well as a clear standard for evaluating our success.

Based on your GAMapping experience, and your review of the products of your peers (GAMap Video Presentations and Google Documents), suggest Task Specific Clarifications (TSC) for the final GAMap Video Presentation and Community Cartography Investigation Report.  These TSCs should make it clear what the GAMap Video Presentation and Community Cartography Investigation Report (CCIR) need to include in order to demonstrate that we've achieved at the highest levels.

Use the Comment Stream on this Tackk to make these suggestions in the following format:

A: Knowledge and Understanding - Your suggested TSC

B: Investigation - Your suggested TSC

C: Communication - Your suggested TSC

D: Critical Thinking - Your suggested TSC

Be sure to consider each of the sub-points (i, ii, iii) within each Criterion.

Our GAMapping Task Specific Clarifications (TSCs)

Why GAMap?

The Purpose

We GAMap to consider The Concepts

Time, Space & Place | Perspective | Causality | Patterns & Trends

We GAMap to place ourselves in The Global Context

Orientation in Time and Space

We GAMap to pursue our Statement of Inquiry

An individual's and society's perspective is shaped by their orientation in time and space

We GAMap to answer our Question

How might we design a game that deepens our understanding of the relationships between place and perspective, and makes us and the world better for having played it?

What GAMappers say when asked 'Why GAMap?'

We GAMap to bring communities together.

We GAMap to discover who we are.

We GAMap to discover where we are.

We GAMap to look at the world with a new perspective.

We GAMap to make maps cooler.

How to GAMap?

The Process

The ATLs

The Approaches to Learning, or ATLs, are vital to our success in GAMapping.  We should keep them in mind during every step of the GAMapping process.

Specifically, we'll be paying close attention to our

Collaboration | Creative Thinking | Organization

Throughout this project we'll be moving in and out of working in teams and working independently.  We'll need to actively contribute to generating and refining ideas as a group, and also be able to focus on individual analysis and creating our individual reports and GAMap segments.  All of this will require us to be diligent and detail-oriented organizers, and to develop strategies for keeping ourselves 'on task' while we continue to work through a 'messy', non-linear process.

The MYP Objectives

Keeping our focus on the 4 MYP Objectives will help us create even more amazing GAMaps and ensure that our learning translates into high achievement levels.

Knowledge & Understanding | Investigation

Communication | Critical Thinking

These 4 Objectives should help us focus our collaborative and individual work throughout the entire process.  What knowledge and understanding am I gaining, and how can I share it?  What is the question I am asking and what methods am I using to help my investigation?  How can I best communicate my learning and thinking through the GAMap and Community Cartography Investigation Report?  Have I documented all of the sources that helped me in my learning journey?  What information have I analyzed or synthesized?  How many different perspectives have I considered in the creation of my GAMap?

The GAMe Design

The GAMapping Process will work best if you are constantly moving back and forth between investigating the neighborhood, creating your map and designing your game concept.  Even though it might feel like each component has its own special window of time, we should try our best to visit and revisit all of the components throughout the process.  For example, you can already be asking yourself, 'What kind of game would I like to create?' or 'What challenges will players of my game face?' even though we haven't explored the neighborhood yet.  After you've explored the neighborhood, you'll probably have even more (and hopefully better) ideas.

The 'Recce'

Tuesday, December 2nd

2nd Floor: 1:30-3 pm & 3rd Floor: 3-4:30 pm

*If you have a scheduling conflict, please let Mr. K know and plan on switching groups.  If you cannot go at either of these times, you'll have to visit your part of the neighborhood on your own time.

The 'Recce' (short for Reconnaissance) is a an opportunity to explore the area in which you will be GAMapping for this project and ask questions that will help you prepare for your full investigation.  You want to gain as much information as possible about this area so that your investigation runs as smoothly as possible and the data you collect gives you a GAMap to be proud of.

What kinds of information might you look for on your 'Recce'?  

Please suggest 2 questions that you might ask while out on your 'Recce' in the comments below.

Create a 'Recce Plan':

Identify 3 questions that you will ask during your 'Recce'; create method for collecting data related to these questions; include in a Google Document titled 'Community Cartography Investigation Report - [Your Name]'

At the end of your 'Recce' you should have some data in the form of a map to include in your CCIR.

The Investigation

Once you complete your 'Recce', you should have a pretty good idea of what your Map will look like.  Not only will you have some relevant data and a picture of the place in your mind, but you'll be able to develop the questions that you haven't asked yet.  When we return to Hangzhou in January you will have another chance to visit the part of the community that you are going to GAMap and ask these questions.  This will be your actual investigation where you will record data on land use, plus 2 or more other features that will be relevant to your section of the GAMap.  You should record this data in both ArcGIS online and your GAMapping journal.

Before you conduct your community investigation, you will need to create an Investigation Plan.  Again, you'll need to identify the questions you're asking and the methods you've created for answering them.  Your results, in the form of a map, will also be shared in your CCIR.

Thursday, January 8th

1:30-4:30 pm

The GAMap Outcomes

Community Cartography Investigation Report

DUE: Tuesday, January 20 @ 9 pm

GAMap Video Presentation

DUE: Sunday, January 25 @ 4 pm

The Community GAMap Experience

Community GAMap Fair: Saturday, January 31 @ 10:30-12:30

GAMap Global Website

Website Launch and Google Hangout with Global GAMappers: Wednesday, February 4

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A: Use subject related terminology, show their knowledge and understanding through detailed explanation and various examples
B:Formulate a clear research questions and plan out how the student will carry out the investigation

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
Using task specific vocabulary such as
Have a deep and detailed understanding of where we live a how our perspective shapes the world and vice versa.

B: Investigation
Create a thoughtful and creative research question from our main investigative aim.
Create a detailed and thoughtful plan of how you plan to get the most out of the time that you get, and use a wide range of ways to gather that information
Ask questions and find out how you could better or deepen your learning from the results and experience you had

C: Communication
Use an interesting and engaging platform that is accessible and easy to understand to our audience
Recognise what help and guidance you have gotten from any platform

D: Critical Thinking
Create a detailed representation of both your learning curve/journey and your GAmap that in a thoughtful and respectful way.
Have an understanding of the different perspectives and people that you have interacted with and their impact and implications on the environment that you have studied.

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
i) consistently uses terminology like “cartography”, “geospatial”, “base map”, “topography” effectively

ii) demonstrates detailed knowledge of mapping, our environment (surroundings, people), and understanding of relationships between place and perspective through thorough descriptions, explanations and examples.

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
1. Consistently use a wide range of map related terminology like "base map", "contour", "cartography"
2. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the area mapped (Greentown campus), with correct labelling, appropriate scale
Detailed explanation of the game and map
Explain how surrounding space and time shape perspectives

B: Investigating
1.Formulate a clear and focused research question, which explains how space and time shape perspectives, and justify its relevance
2. Develop a detailed and approachable research plan
3. Use appropriate methods to collect details essential for constructing the map

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A: Knowledge and Understanding

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
You have to be able to show your understanding of the concepts of mapping by using phrases such as "base map, contour, cartography"
You also have to show that you know the correct terminology when you are mapping your specific area by using the appropriate scale and correct labelling. Apart from showing that you know how to draw a map correctly, you also have to explain your representation of the map and explain and analyse your points correctly by using good organisational skills and correct terminology.

B: Investigating
Define a clear research statement and explain why you chose that to investigate. When answering research questions, make sure to formulate a clear plan that shows different aspects of the investigation. Evaluate the process of your investigation that includes pros and cons and ways to improve on.

C: Communicating
Write with a clear goal and simple but effective phrases. Make sure that you have a clear writing structure and good use of terminology and skills.

D: Thinking critically
Using your opinions to think hard questions.

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Jae and Joanne

A: Knowledge and Understanding
You have to be able to show your understanding of the concepts of mapping by using phrases such as "base map, contour, cartography"
You also have to show that you know the correct terminology when you are mapping your specific area by using the appropriate scale and correct labelling. Apart from showing that you know how to draw a map correctly, you also have to explain your representation of the map and explain and analyse your points correctly by using good organisational skills and correct terminology.

B: Investigating
Define a clear research statement and explain why you chose that to investigate. When answering research questions, make sure to formulate a clear plan that shows different aspects of the investigation. Evaluate the process of your investigation that includes pros and cons and ways to improve on.

C: Communicating
Write with a clear goal and simple but effective phrases. Make sure that you have a clear writing structure and good use of terminology and skills.

D: Thinking critically
Through your investigation include different aspects of critical thinking that represents different ideas and concepts and theories that will showcase your deeper understanding of the topic by writing different points and arguments through different examples that you can choose from, such as real life events and books and websites etc. This will also show how you interpret different perspectives and how you use this information to think critically.

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
- Expressing your personal opinions and varied perspectives on a concept that is introduced.
- Being thorough with the investigation plans and written work generated in class.
- Using terminology either from class or outside of the classroom (being creative)
- Using creative ways to demonstrate your understanding of the subject. Either using a different medium or a unique way.

B: Investigation
- by being creative and developing your own method of learning, you see learning as more of an enjoyable an interesting experience while understanding the knowledge that is provided.
- Noticing things hat others don't notice
-Formulating a clear research question and a plan with a defined direction

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A: Knowledge and Understanding
1. Use a wide range of terminology
2. Demonstrates detailed knowledge of mapping

B: Investigate
1. Define a clear research question and explain why you chose to investigate that question
2. Develop a research plan
3. Ask questions

C: Communication
1. Communicate your ideas and results using a methods that show the understanding of the task purpose.
2. Citing sources using the MLA format.

D: Thinking Critically
1. Create a representation of both your learning journey

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Knowledge and Understanding
-Demonstrate a consistent use of specified terminology to show the students deep understanding to the topic
-Geographical terms such as Contour lines, urbanisation, accessibility, community, economic growth, demography, focally, zoning should be utilised to demonstrate the understanding and analysis of the issues or problem of the community

B, Investigation

- The student should produce a clear outline of their design of their GAMmap game
- the action plan designed by the student should show deep thinking and originality and clear structure and instructions
-Correct Research tools should be used to record data
-the student evaluates the benefits and limitations of their plan and suggest relevant improvements

C. Communication
- The student should be able to communicate a message through the GAMmap
-The student should be able to comfortably communicate with the general public and community through the process of creating and finishing the game
-The final product should be able to appeal to all, and it should be easily playable