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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Final ReCap of Blog Book Tour for Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning

Well the Blog Book Tour is finally over and what a great experience. Here is a recap of all the stops. If you are interested in learning more about the book, you can gather great information and insights from these posts to see if the book is right for you.

You can also read the first chapter if you want to see for yourself. Or you can visit the book's web site, Gadgets, Games and Gizmos to learn more.

I want to thank all of the people who took time to blog about the book and join in the tour. It is very much appreciated. If I missed anyone, please add a comment.

Prior to the tour even starting, I did a presentation at the NJ chapter of ASTD. You can read about the presentation at Training the "Gamer" Generation. Then Steve Woodruff, who invited me to ASTD presentation, then did a review of the book. All of this before the big tour started.

Then Week One kicked off strongly with A podcast interview with Brent Schlenker. He and I discussed the book, the boomer/gamer knowledge gap and the blog book tour.

Then on day two Tom King over at Mobilemind posted a great piece which provide a quick, high level view of the book and then provided a great strategy for reading the book if you only have a little bit of time (ok, ok it did get long) Check out his laugh-out-loud post...Cheat This Book-Gadgets, Games and Gizmos.

Next Cammy's Bean at Learning Visions started with a single post Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning. It is long, thorough and totally complete. Great summary of the entire book...maybe she works for Cliff Notes?

But then she didn't stop...she added another post...Women, Gaming & The Guild Master Ceiling. A great post about the perception of women and gaming, she and I have had "words" before on this topic and it sparked a great discussion. (See The Real World, Second Life and Facebook/MySpace the comments to see our points of disagreement).

But she still didn't stop. She then posted a poll...Are you a gamer? A good conversation was sparked...check it out at Are You a Gamer?

Then Rupa from Writer's Gateway created a post called Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning-My Thoughts on Chapter 1. She provided a great perspective on the book.

Tony O’ Driscoll added an entry on his blog Blog Book Tour Stop: Gadgets, Games and Gizmos.

The week ended with Phil Charron from Learning Simulations leaving two posts (trying to keep up with Cammy.) First is GGG4L-Blog Book Tour I. (he coined GGG4L as a shortcut, wish I'd thought of it...brilliant.) His second tour stop is, simple enough, GGG4L-Blog Book Tour II.

During the Second Week on day six, Enspire Learning's Corporate Blog featured the book and a brief discussion of the material they contributed to the book.

On day seven Mark Oehlert's e-clippings(Learning as Art). Mark's stop was week 2, stop 2. Mark gave some insights into his review of the book. Before it was even published, he provided over 18 pages of comments that really fueled alot of the ideas and insights into the book. Thanks Mark.

On day eight, Mike Qaissaunee's Frequently Asked Q wrote a post These Kids are Wired Differently. Mike told a great story about his daughter and then gave a fantatic list of free games and game resources which would make Jane Bozarth proud.

Day nine featured Jane Bozarath's Bozarathzone...Speaking of Jane, she writes an entry Its GGG...REAT Karl Kapp's Book Tour Week Two. She likes the idea of championing the gamers who are sometimes looked down upon by the "boomers."

On day ten, Brent Schlenker did another podcast interview contained and posting eLearnDevCast New Episode with Karl Kapp - GGG4L - Recruiting Gamer Generation

During week 2, there were awesome additions to the tour Jeff Cobb wrote interesting posting digging into the marketing aspect of the blog book tour Promotion Potion: On the Trail of the Perfect Storm (Jeff Cobb)

John Rice, a technology director for a school district in Texas also added an entry called A New Book by Karl Kapp John Sums up his posting with " the book offers a look at using technology from a modern standpoint rather than a more traditional one."

Week three
started with Ben Hamilton, on day eleven, who did a post called Gadgets, Games, and Gizmos for Learning - Blog Book Tour

On day twelve, Christy Tucker did a post called GGG4L: Academic Applications. She added the dimension of applying the concepts of the book to an academic environment.

On day thirteen, Gordon Snyder of Information and Communications Technology Blog posted Broadband Gaming in the Sticks and at Tom Haskin's growing, changing, learning, creating, he posted Building Bridges to Gamers. Tom also coined the acroynm for the book 3G4L, the nickname morphs again.

On day fourteen,Shalin Hai-Jew did an interview and a post called Q&A with Dr. Karl M. Kapp where she asks about the influence of my two gamers boys on the book and my recent work in learning and some other great questions.

The tour went so well, we even went into Week 4. Week 4 started with Lisa Neal at eLearn Mag. She did an interview with me called Five Questions for Karl M. Kapp where I briefly discuss the book and other thoughts about Gadgets, Games and Gizmos.

Also, Tom Haskin added another posting about the book called Using our sense of wonder...a wonderful post :)

And finally, although the site has been dormant for a little while, I managed to find a rare artifact...a brief three page summary of Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning. You'll want to check that out as well...and forward on to your friends.

Also, check out an interview I did with two blog book stops, fellow academics Mike Qaissaunne at Frequently Asked Q and Gordon Synder at his ICT Blog called 10 Questions with Karl Kapp.

During the blog book tour, the book hit the top 100 in the Amazon category of Books>Busines and Investing> Management and Leadership> Training. In fact, the book made it as high as #35. And all in all, over 20 different blogs participated in one way or another in the tour...a great community of bloggers.



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Anonymous said...


Congrats - the blog tour was a great idea and I hope many people find ways to apply the message of the book!

Elizabeth Clark said...

I'm sold! I ordered a copy from

Cammy Bean said...

Karl...thanks for including me on the tour. It was great fun -- and turns out to have been very useful for everyone involved.

I've been referring to Chapter 2 a lot for a new project that's underway (seeking inspiration!)

Karl Kapp said...

Thanks everyone for helping make the book and tour a big success!

Benjamin Hamilton said...


Thanks for the opportunity to contribute. It was a great way to reflect on the book, and it was a unique way of "touring" the community.