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How Games Are Being Used for Learning

How Games Are Being Used for Learning

| September 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Infinite Thinking Machine is back after a summer hiatus. This episode focusing on gamification features a great rundown of learning games and programs, including Minecraft, Gamestar Mechanic, NYC Haunts, and Gamedesk, a game company that recently opened a game-based learning school within a school in Los Angeles.

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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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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

| August 20, 2012 | 21 Comments

By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global […]

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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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Is it Time to Reconsider AP Classes?

Is it Time to Reconsider AP Classes?

| August 8, 2012 | 24 Comments

Flickr: Amitburst By Katrina Schwartz Advanced Placement courses have long been the standard for high achievement in high school. The classes are modeled on college courses and are meant to represent the difficulty and breadth of material that students are expected to handle when they get to college. For that reason, some colleges give in-coming […]

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Quick Look: The Danger of Loving Minecraft

Quick Look: The Danger of Loving Minecraft

| August 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

Slate author Lisa Guernsey loves all the great things Minecraft has taught her girls, but also laments the day it entered her house. “I love that they are creating things, talking about their creations, and planning ahead for new projects. But I hate that the real thing—their Legos, the cardboard boxes saved for building forts—can’t […]

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Can Kids Be Taught Persistence?

Can Kids Be Taught Persistence?

| July 27, 2012 | 37 Comments

Flickr:Miish By Jennie Rose In his new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, author Paul Tough makes the case that persistence and grit are the biggest indicators of student success. Being resilient against failure, he says, is the fundamental quality we should be teaching kids, and he gives examples […]

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Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems

Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems

| July 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and lets his 4th-graders solve them. In this TED Talk, Hunter, who’s been named one of Time Magazine’s education activists for 2012, explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always […]

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74 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain

74 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain

| July 4, 2012 | 9 Comments

Keep kids’ brain muscles flexed with fun learning exercises. This year’s Summer Learning Series features 10 Awesome Outdoor Learning Ideas, 10 Fun Indoor Learning Projects, Four Ways to Prepare for College This Summer, and to round out the numbered lists, all these ideas.

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Good Read: Want To Fix the Tech Gender Gap? Make Girls Play Video Games

Good Read: Want To Fix the Tech Gender Gap? Make Girls Play Video Games

| June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Interesting premise: getting girls interested in video games will also lead them to learn how to they’re made. “The leap toward more advanced computing comes not only from playing games—today, 94 percent of girls are gaming, compared with 99 percent of boys—but in becoming curious about how they work and then beginning to tinker with […]

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