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ARG – Canaries in a Coalmine

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come out with an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called Canaries in a Coal Mine. Created by EdGE (Educational Gaming Environments), the game starts with a futuristic video which, after viewing, players then act on messages in the ‘real world.’ In the game, players can also play some mini-games about birds including Name That Tune. There’s a map of community members and bird sightings, chat, forums, new feed, and activities. The mission of the game is to work as a group to solve the mystery behind the video message. It appears to be a work in progress. Registration is required to play. EdGE is located at TERC (Technical Education Research Centers) a not-for-profit math and science education organization and received funding for the came from the National Science Foundation. An interesting new learning environment worth exploring.

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