Games

GameDesk Opens New Game-Based School

GameDesk Opens New Game-Based School

| September 4, 2012 | 10 Comments

GameDesk By Andrew Miller GameDesk, an organization that’s developing a variety of game-based learning initiatives, is venturing into new terrain with the opening of a new school and the development of new digital tools, with millions of dollars in funding from both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AT&T. The PlayMaker School, funded by […]

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What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?

What’s the Difference Between Games and Gamification?

| August 21, 2012 | 25 Comments

Perhaps the best way to think about games in education is not to automatically call everything that looks like fun a “learning game.” Lumping all digital game approaches together makes no more sense than a toddler’s inclination to call every four-legged animal a “doggie.” Game interest is definitely on the upswing in K-12 and higher […]

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What Makes Educational Games Work?

What Makes Educational Games Work?

| August 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

As the gaming in education continues to grow, one of the foremost experts in the field, Constance Steinkuehler, makes the case for why it’s important to pay attention to what works in gaming and how it could be applied to learning. At the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, Steinkuehler, who’s now a Senior Policy Analyst at […]

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Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom

Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom

| July 25, 2012 | 6 Comments

Valve By Andrew Miller Video game company Valve is going deep into the education world with a new initiative using Steam, their free online game platform where users can download games and communicate and play with other players. The initiative is called Steam for Schools, and a free educational version is now available to teachers […]

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The Educational Value of Games: A 13-Year-Old’s View

The Educational Value of Games: A 13-Year-Old’s View

| June 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

Lewis Tachau is a 13-year-old middle school student and avid online gamer. In this enjoyable TEDx Talk, Lewis talks about how his favorite online game taught him not just everything he knows about World War II, but also how to socialize with his peers, and share his interests, knowledge, skills, and thoughts with others, and […]

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How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom

How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom

| June 12, 2012 | 7 Comments

Science teacher Paul Anderson says video games teach kids that failure is okay — that it’s part of the learning process. “Trying something, failing, trying something again, that’s something we aspire to see in kids,” he says. So he created a class around the premise of a video game — without a video game. Anderson […]

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Teachers Transform Minecraft for Class Use

Teachers Transform Minecraft for Class Use

| May 16, 2012 | 17 Comments

Seeing its massive potential as a learning tool, 2 teachers — one in Finland, one in the U.S. — took it upon themselves to create a version for educators.

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The Ups and Downs of Game-Based Learning

The Ups and Downs of Game-Based Learning

| May 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Nathan Maton Games have shown great promise for learning, but it’s not always easy to figure out the logistics of how to use them in class. Every student and teacher’s experience is unique and it takes time to calibrate and tinker to get the best out of the experience. What’s more, using games might […]

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Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admission

Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admission

| March 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

By Nathan Maton Games and Facebook: We know those are two sure-fire ways of getting kids’ attention. Combine them, and you might have a tool to motivate low-income high-schoolers to apply to college. That’s the premise, anyway, for launching Mission Admission — to help students who don’t know what steps to take to get in […]

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Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

| April 13, 2011 | 5 Comments

Too often, educational games are neither fun nor educational, and there are plenty of educational games that fail on both those counts. Without an exhaustive study of games and game designers, it’s hard to pinpoint why. Do those making educational games have little experience in game design? Or do those making educational games have little […]

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