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Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Interactive multi-touch desks look like giant iPhones, say Durham designers

They look like something out of Star Trek, and they might well land in a classroom near you. They're school desks, but not as you know them, say their Durham University designers.

The interactive multi-touch desks look and act like a large version of an Apple iPhone.

"The new desk can be both a screen and a keyboard. It can act like a multi-touch whiteboard and several students can use it at once," said Dr Liz Burd, who led the university's Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) group that developed them.

"It offers fantastic scope for participatory teaching and learning," she said.

The desks, which are networked and linked to a teachers' console, recognise multiple touches on the desktop, using infrared light.

Several students will be able to work together, as the desks allow simultaneous screen contact using fingers or pens.

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