Second Avenue Software Awarded a National Science Foundation Phase IIB SBIR Grant

July 1, 2015 | Annie Snyder

Grant will support development of the Martha Madison Serious Game Suite for Physical Science

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MAGIC at RIT hosts Disney’s Paul Hildebrandt

April 16, 2015 | Bob Jeffery

Second Avenue was delighted to attend Tuesday’s MAGIC at RIT Speaker Series featuring Disney’s Paul Hildebrandt speaking about technology used in the making of animated films. There was a good turnout with a mix of RIT students and professionals from local development studios. Hildebrandt gave us an exciting peek into what the Disney process looks like and how the technology developed by him and his team helps from behind the scenes to make it all possible....
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Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Brian Regan, Lead Game Producer

March 30, 2015 | Annie Snyder

What do you do here at Second Ave., exactly?...
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12 years later: A James Paul Gee Retrospective (Part 1)

February 11, 2015 | Annie Snyder

cloud captureIn 2003, a now-famous book, What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy was first published by a linguistics researcher named James Paul Gee. In this book, Gee argued that good video games utilize good principles of learning - principles that can and should be applied in other learning settings such as school. In identifying these principles, Gee began to link game-based learning with content learning in schools....
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FETC: Kicking off the 2015 Conference Season

February 4, 2015 | Annie Snyder

fetc booth with sign cropped...
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Second Avenue Learning Celebrates the International Year of Light!

February 3, 2015 | Annie Snyder

If you drive around Rochester, New York long enough, you are bound to run into an optics or imaging corporation. There are the giants, of course: Xerox Corp., Bausch & Lomb, Inc., and Eastman Kodak. Rochester is also home to around 50 small and midsized optics companies, which produce everything from optic technologies for motor vehicle sensor systems to the lenses of the Hubble telescope. The study of light, and all its many applications, has been a part of Rochester’s history for over 150 years....
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2014 Frontiers in Education Conference

October 20, 2014 | Victoria Van Voorhis

Second Avenue Learning is pleased to announce that Professor David Simkins, our colleague from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), will be presenting a joint paper on the Martha Madison project at the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference. The conference, held this year in Madrid, draws together professionals from a wide variety of fields, for the purpose of furthering innovations in STEM, with a special focus on engineering education....
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Reflections on Ed Games Week

October 8, 2014 | Victoria Van Voorhis

Taking part in the recent Ed Games Week in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but reflect upon the tremendous growth, activity, and research surrounding game-based learning (GBL). While talking with Dr. Edward Metz, Mark DeLoura, Jessica Lindl, Dr. Kara Carpenter, numerous game developers, and many other stakeholders in education and game design, I found myself thinking back to the beginnings of Second Avenue.  ...
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