Thursday, January 29, 2015

Silk Road: Student Scenarios!

Here is your chance to affect the game, to alter the course of history forever! Part of the final phase of the Silk Road game is "Student Scenarios" in which I let you write a scenario and submit it to the realm. I will then draw three student scenarios to read off before our Final Scenario. Be fun, creative, witty, but also be realistic. You have heard/read many of mine, so you kinda know how they should sound. For example, do NOT do this: "As you are traveling, you find 100 spools of silk on the road." or "If you  have at least one weapon, +1,000 points."

Details: Write a scenario. The most points that can be won or lost is 20. You can also write a spools of silk scenario. You can write a scenario that is only good, or one that is only bad. But remember, you will do this scenario as well. 

Silk Road: Student Choice

Don't be nervous!! Trust your instincts. 
You have some choice in the matter! After Dun Fong, you will choose 10 scenarios as you continue down the Silk Road. What will happen to you? I guess your fate now lies in your hands....

Silk Road Student Choice Tool

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Want some Silk Road Secrets??? You're Welcome. :)

Can you crush the "Great Wall" and find the secrets? 

How dedicated are you to beating the Silk Road Game? Well, this will test your dedication and determination (and ability to withstand extreme frustration). Good Luck :) 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dynasty Review!

Prepare yourself! Enter the dynasty review and see how many points you can rack up. Remember, there's a dynasty info link on the Home of the Realm. Your goal is to be able to score 1,000 points on this game by yourself. We will use the "comments" as our leaderboard for this game. Post a comment with your name and score so we can see how we stack up against each other! 
Student Task: Play the Dynasty Review and post your score (if you want). Good Luck! You can post as many of your scores as you want, but will only get credit for one comment for the WSG Badge.

WSG Badge opportunity

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Silk Road Animation

Check out this animated map of the Silk Road and perhaps gain some insight as to what will happen to you along the way. Are you prepared? Hope so. Good Luck!
Follow our little traveler along the Silk Road route in this short animation. You will see that he will have to face and conquer many obstacles along the way, such as snakes, mountains and deserts, among many other things. If you are nervous about the Silk Road adventure, you should be. If you are not nervous about the Silk Road adventure, you should be. This is not just any ordinary trip. This is the most intense definition of the word "difficult." I hope you bring your A game on Thursday because you will need it, that and some luck. Here's a thought, if you hand me a piece of paper with all the things the little guy passes along the way in the animated map, you will receive ten free points when the game begins on Thursday. It's hard to earn points so take advantage of this golden opportunity!!! Are you good at hunting for clues and secrets? Well, if you are reading this, you at least have found one secret. Just think, this is one of many, many secrets and words of wisdom sprinkled throughout this website. You better put your detective hat on and grab a magnifying glass because you need to discover the truth!
Student Task for WSG Badge
-post a comment stating which obstacle will be the most dangerous and difficult and why for you when you travel the Silk Road. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ancient Quest: "I Travel the Silk Road"

If Johnny wants to complete his task in Ancient China and make it out alive, he will have to conquer many dangerous obstacles in ancient China. A place he has never been before, ancient China and the Silk Road will throw dangers at him relentlessly. Testing him like never before. So, will Johnny make it to the end of the Silk Road? Let's find out...
Read: "I Travel the Silk Road"

Student Task: Post 5 things you learned about the Silk Road from this chapter. 
WSG Badge

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ancient Chinese Inventions In Action!

Chinese Inventions In Action from Dan Klumper on Vimeo.

Check out some of the ancient Chinese inventions in action! There were lots of things invented in the ancient times of China. Let's share a little bit about our chosen inventions and why they are important!
Student Task: Share what your invention is, what it does, and why it's important! Great opportunity to go for the WSG badge

Acupuncture Day in the Realm!

Check out some photos of our day in the Realm when our special guest Nancy and Dr. Mel came in to show ancient healing techniques from the Far East. The Tibetan Singing Bowl and Acupuncture!
Great to have them. It was a blast!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Confucius says...

Confucius wasn't just known for his crazy eyebrows, he was also known for his wisdom and truths. Confucius was a man who developed a philospher based on moral and responsbility. He taught peace and respect. His teachings, though unpopular at first, became widely studied throughout ancient China. He influenced many Chinese emperors and dynasties. Some dynasties, however, did not agree with the teachings of Confucius. The Qin dynasty, for example, punished anyone who read, taught, or shared confucianism. When the Han dynasty took control of China, they brought back the teachings of Confucius. I think it is wise and enlightening to be familiar with some of the teachings of Confucius. 

Task: Post a comment with ONE of Confucius' sayings. Make sure you use quotes so we know you are quoting him. Then, provide a little reflection on what that saying means to you. 
WSG Badge

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A call for the Dynasties of Zhuzai

Hello students of the Realm. I am officially putting out a call for all Dynasties to share a little bit about themselves. Please share something that you think is important or unique about your Dynasty. One comment per person. Make sure it is a piece of information, not an opinion. Complete sentences. 
Post at least 3 important facts/unique things about your dynasty from your document. 
Be sure to say what your Dynasty is, otherwise it will not count! 
Good Luck!

Monday, January 12, 2015

TED Talk-Dynasties of ancient China

Welcome to the TED badge. A "TED Talk" is a short talk/presentation given by someone who is trying to spread a new idea or information. TED talks are highly engaging and informative. TED Talks do not have a lot of text on the screen during the presentation, mainly pictures that help reinforce what the person is saying. For the Realm, you and your dynasty members will be giving a TED talk in which you will share about your Dynasty and your Honorary Member. This is your chance at the TED Badge. 

TED Talk Topic: Dynasty and Honorary Member
Date: Friday, January 16th
Time Limit: 3:00-3:30 in order to earn the badge 
Tool: PowerPoint in Google Drive. 
PowerPoint: Mainly images to support what you are talking about. One or two word phrases are ok. 
Members: All must speak/share about the topic
Work Time: Monday-discuss/prep.  Tuesday: Computers for PPT

Friday, January 9, 2015

Zhuzai: Realm of the Great Wall

The time as come for us to travel to the 4th "world" of our ancient adventure. Enter the Realm of Zhuzai and experience ancient China like never before. Beware, the dangerous Ninja lurks in the shadows, with his razor sharp kitana sword, waiting, waiting. Prepare for the most challenging escapade of your life when you travel down the famous Silk Road. Does your dynasty have what it takes to withstand the pressure and rule the Realm? The Realm of the Great Wall beckons you to enter...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015