Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro’s academic work and publishing blend psychology, philosophy, and business in surprising ways. His internationally celebrated writing on education, parenting, and game-based learning can be found on Forbes.com.  He teaches in Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Department where he’s also the Digital Learning Coordinator. He is the parent of two boys (six and eight years old) and the lead administrator at Project Learn School (an independent cooperative K-8 school in Philadephia). His most recent book FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide To Maximum Euphoric Bliss, considers how the games we play in our youth shape our adult lives.

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Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles

Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles

| September 12, 2014 | 11 Comments

There are ways around every obstacle.

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Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started

Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started

| September 5, 2014 | 15 Comments

Check your hardware, find suitable games, play and learn from colleagues – tips for getting started with game-based learning.

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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

| August 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

Understanding gaming genres can help teachers pick the right one for specific learning goals.

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How To Choose A Learning Game

How To Choose A Learning Game

| August 22, 2014 | 9 Comments

Keep in mind some of the key elements of a good educational game when trying to sort through the hundreds of games available.

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Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

| August 15, 2014 | 20 Comments

Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general.

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Screen Time That’s Valuable For Young Kids

Screen Time That’s Valuable For Young Kids

| August 8, 2014 | 9 Comments

Most people agree that implementing game-based learning makes sense for older students, but what about really young kids?

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In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games

In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games

| August 1, 2014 | 9 Comments

Teachers can use games as a supplement that enables increased one-on-one learning between teacher and student.

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What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

| July 24, 2014 | 9 Comments

At the Quest To Learn School, curriculum experts and game designers work together to reimagine what school might look like if it drew its inspiration from video games.

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How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

| July 17, 2014 | 10 Comments

What if teachers used video games as texts? How can educators teach kids to think critically about the underlying messages in commercial games and leverage video games for their ability to engage students and provoke conversation.

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From Mars to Minecraft: Teachers Bring the Arcade to the Classroom

From Mars to Minecraft: Teachers Bring the Arcade to the Classroom

| July 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

Teachers have found many different ways of using digital games in the classroom. But what kind of games are these students playing? And how are teachers incorporating them in the classroom?

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