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Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on May 26, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

Thanks for joining this edition of the PSN Community Spotlight, where it’s your chance to get your PlayStation story featured on the PlayStation.blog. By reviewing the dedicated space on the PlayStation Community Forums, we find compelling PlayStation stories and commentary, then deliver a $50 PlayStation Store voucher code to the winner every week!

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This week’s spotlight is from PSN member Imputed7-14. He found a way to combine his passion for gaming and teaching, but not before he had to change a few perspectives on what gaming could be.

Sackboy Goes To School

I am an elementary teacher and I have always looked for ways to encourage my students using every avenue possible. In my classroom we have used toilet paper to experience what it is like to be caterpillars, mimicked Mary Shelly in an annual scary story contest, and created a seven foot model of the sun placing it over a hundred and fifty feet away from our two inch models of the earth just so my students could understand the size and distances we were talking about in class. So when I got LittleBigPlanet 2 last September my mind exploded with ideas to work the PlayStation 3 into my classroom.

I began work late last September in making a mini game that my students could enjoy based around sorting synonyms and antonyms. In January I asked my principal if I could share the project with her. We set up a meeting and I started to get cold feet that she would think it was lame or be disapproving because of the negative stigma around games. My wife encouraged me to be who I am as a gamer and be confident since I had done something original. The day of our meeting my principal sat, listened and watched as I played through the game. She asked what my goal was with doing this. I told her that I had several ideas for skill based levels in math and reading and that I would also like to start a club where the kids could design their own levels using LBP and other games like Modnation on the PS3 and games like LBP and Sound Shapes on the Vita. She told me that she needed to check on something before she gave me the okay to pursue any of those ideas, but that she was pretty impressed with what I had done.

About a month later she called me to the office to let me know that I could use whatever I created in my room and if I could find the funding that I would be permitted start an after school club. What more is she encouraged me to come up with a way to work it into a camp my school is doing over the summer.

At this point my kids have played LBP as a reading station twice and I will likely bring it in for them to enjoy before the summer. They are excited about all things Little Big Planet. In my free time, which is not much, I am crafting some things for them. I am also seeking different local businesses and organizations to see if I can get help funding the club. Nothing has happened yet, but I am hoping that in the near future that my school will learn through Playing, Creating and Sharing. Long live play, y’all.

How have you used gaming in your professional / academic life? Congrats to Imputed7-14, who is now the recipient of a $50 voucher redeemable in the PlayStation Store! Send in your stories here, and feel free to read Imputed7-14′s original post here.

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+ adray69 on May 26th, 2012 at 11:09 am said:

are there any plans to release anymore psone imports. It was my favorite section on the store and made it both easy and affordable to play great japanese games that never made it over here. Since I’m asking for more games I actually put my money were my mouth is and purchased most of the psone imports. I hope it isnt dead since the ps3 is region locked on ps1 games.


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+ The5rozos on May 26th, 2012 at 12:16 pm said:

Great story! I enjoyed this very much, and he is a very lucky guy that he can do all of that with his students. I love kids and I love LBP, so it sounds like a perfect combination.

Hopefully in the future LBP can be incorporated into schools more, it’s crazy how educational the game can be! Heck, even churches can include it to reenact bible scenes. ;)


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+ robdawg1001 on May 26th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

That’s awesome i wish this guy was my teacher back in school of course he would have to use the power of sega genesis and super nintendo because those were the top consoles then lol!


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    + Morgan Haro on May 26th, 2012 at 2:10 pm said:

    yeah, back then video games didn’t have much in the way of mainstream understanding; but now that they’re becoming more and more a part of our culture, it’s only a matter of time before more educational avenues look to them


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+ MMAtt702 on May 26th, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

every saturday i come in to work the first thing i do is read these posts. it’s inspiring to see a teacher so committed to getting kids excited about and more involved in learing


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    + Morgan Haro on May 26th, 2012 at 2:11 pm said:

    glad you enjoy these posts; thanks for reading!


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+ digeythedog on May 26th, 2012 at 1:10 pm said:

any plans of bringing speech to text software to Vita? it would be a real help and time saver. maybe work out a deal with Google or making a Sony made software or even some other company? i enjoy using mine on my android tablet.


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+ Ikillshy1 on May 26th, 2012 at 6:31 pm said:

I know this isn’t the place to post this but I’m honestly confused as to where I sould post this so please forgive me if I am posting in the wrong place. I recently purchased Legend of Dragoon from playstation store. When I try to change from disc 3 to disc 4 the PS3 just kicks me back out to the XMB. What is going on here?


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+ duke301 on May 26th, 2012 at 10:14 pm said:

As a professional educator myself, I found this post to be most enjoyable. I, too, was trying to find a way to combine gaming and learning. Gaming is really frowned upon by a lot of parents and administrators alike. So much so that I try to keep the fact that I am a gamer to myself. It’s gotten to the point where at the very mention of video games, people automatically think gratuitous violence or sex, or other things NC17, but games can truly be educational too. They do always tell us to try to incorporate technology into our lessons, however. I never even thought to use Little Big Planet, but this is a great idea! How can I find those levels on LBP or LBP 2? I would certainly like to check them out.


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+ Captain-Rule on May 26th, 2012 at 10:44 pm said:

This is awesome! I am also an educator, though I only work for the After School Program and have done similar things. Though, I haven’t had much in terms of success convincing supervisors that LittleBigPlanet is a viable educational tool. It is frowned upon to have the kids play games, and when they can it is about a half hour for 20-ish kids to play and only on Fridays (though its worse still, because I can only play games once every 1 or 2 months). Glad to see someone has made headway in the implementation of games into the classroom.

I have actually tried on several occasions, and it was just regarded as one of those neat things that no one really takes seriously.


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+ Alyyse on May 27th, 2012 at 6:45 am said:

Great story.


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+ iluvwobbuffet on May 27th, 2012 at 8:37 am said:

Love it! =^_^=


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+ dynamite_122425 on May 27th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

is anyone else not able to get into playstation network, store, and play online games that are supported by psn like mw3?


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+ falconarcher86 on May 28th, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

I like the idea that we’re able to purchase games and movies through the Playstation Network as well as purchase music. The company of Sony has really outdone themselves well!!!!


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+ Zookey on May 29th, 2012 at 11:53 am said:

Awesome work dude! My crew works with LBP and education too check out our educational level pack (Welcome To Discovery Inc by TK-Crew) that teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through rides and coasters!!!!


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+ FORMIK on May 30th, 2012 at 3:46 pm said:

Great article! Give this person a voucher for Move.Me!


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