educational apps

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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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

| June 11, 2014 | 54 Comments

Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.

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Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

| June 4, 2014 | 22 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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Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

| May 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Co-lab’s second cohort of games focus on open-ended play.

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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 | 10 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 | 9 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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Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

| January 30, 2014 | 29 Comments

Here are five other games for the Angry Birds fan that do an even better job of integrating physics and problem solving into addictive, just-one-more-try experiences.

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How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps?

How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps?

| January 27, 2014 | 13 Comments

Depending on the context in which it is used, and the priorities of the educators (which includes those present in the classroom, lurking at home, or at their drawing boards or computer screens at an educational publisher), one can skew the same application toward app-dependent or app-enabling ends.

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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 | 20 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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