Educational Apps

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

| June 4, 2014 | 20 Comments

Summer break presents the perfect opportunity for students to dig into games and build skills that’ll reap huge rewards when they return in the fall. Game making can be one of the best ways to get students thinking creatively while cultivating useful technical literacies, and there’s a ton of absorbing tools that students won’t tire of over the long break. Here are three options to choose from depending on the type of technology students have at home.

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Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

| April 18, 2014 | 42 Comments

Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle it and use it to experiment with the world. When we play games, more often than not, it’s us under the microscope. But there’s a trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

| March 20, 2014 | 6 Comments

For educators who are interested in using games for learning — specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards — here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.

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Apps That Challenge Kids to Solve Environmental Issues

Apps That Challenge Kids to Solve Environmental Issues

| February 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

Environmental education for most adults used to mean learning a little bit about recycling and planting some trees on Arbor Day. We didn’t delve into ecology as much as we skimmed the surface. But things have gotten more complex since then, and the topic of climate change has brought environmental education to the forefront.

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5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion

5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion

| December 20, 2013 | 15 Comments

Sure, games can teach gravity or supply and demand, but can they show us how to build a good argument? The following five games do just that by modeling the work of argumentation. Best of all, they approach the subject critically, showing the myriad uses for persuasion and how it’s always political.

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Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration

Beyond Minecraft: Games That Inspire Building and Exploration

| November 19, 2013 | 11 Comments

The success and popularity of Minecraft in and out of classrooms is no surprise. It’s one of the best examples of the potential of learning with games because it embraces exploration, discovery, creation, collaboration, and problem-solving while allowing teachers to shepherd play toward any subject area. But Minecraft is not the only game of this kind. Take a look at some of these.

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5 Math Apps for Middle School Students

5 Math Apps for Middle School Students

| August 23, 2013 | 10 Comments

For those parents and teachers looking for apps for middle-schoolers, check out these five great apps.

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Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

| July 23, 2013 | 10 Comments

One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. But to use 3D printers, students will need to learn how to design using digital programs. Here are a few great options for students and teachers to learn how to design for 3D printers.

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5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

| June 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

The number of apps related to teaching various mathematics topics seems to be growing daily, and it can be a difficult to find that needle in a haystack. Here, we found five of those needles, already tested and approved.

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Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

| December 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

Flickr: Andrew Beeston With two weeks of holiday break stretched out ahead, here are some fun ways to keep kids occupied and engaged, as collected over time on MindShift. 1. DIVE INTO MINECRAFT. Simply put, Minecraft is a game that lets you build worlds out of blocks. But Minecraft’s visual simplicity belies what is a […]

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