Games and learning

What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

| July 24, 2014 | 6 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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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

| July 21, 2014 | 15 Comments

Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.

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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 | 7 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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A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

| July 9, 2014 | 26 Comments

How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s the purpose of school? The founders and teachers at the PlayMaker School, an all-game based school in Los Angeles, are asking those big, hairy questions that all teachers grapple with. At the PlayMaker School, they’re trying to find their own answers through their constantly morphing, complex experiment. Here are their thoughts about these issues, in their own words.

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A School Day That’s All About Play

A School Day That’s All About Play

| July 9, 2014 | 6 Comments

Imagine a school where the students’ day revolves around playing games, all day long. Video games, live action role-playing games, board games, building games. At the PlayMaker School in Los Angeles, the school day takes kids from one game activity to the next, as they explore any number of different subjects and ideas, from the […]

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Games Can Advance Education: A Conversation With James Paul Gee

Games Can Advance Education: A Conversation With James Paul Gee

| July 3, 2014 | 12 Comments

Games and learning champion James Paul Gee discusses literacy, systems thinking, education, socio-economic inequality, and, of course, video games.

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Games In The Classroom: What the Research Says

Games In The Classroom: What the Research Says

| June 27, 2014 | 16 Comments

The way we understand the expectations and promises of today’s game-based approaches will have a long-term impact on how we imagine and implement them in the future.

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Digital Games and the Future of Math Class: A Conversation With Keith Devlin

Digital Games and the Future of Math Class: A Conversation With Keith Devlin

| June 20, 2014 | 22 Comments

Devlin argues that video games are the perfect tool for teaching math: “The problems we need mathematics for today come in a messy, real-world context, and part of making progress is to figure out just what you need from that context.”

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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

| June 13, 2014 | 12 Comments

It’s still early days in research around games and learning, but a few significant studies show important trends.

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