Games

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

| November 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Ananth Pai is a masterful educator, who runs a dynamic, student-centered classroom humming with activity — what we imagine as the best-case scenario for blended learning. Pai has created individual learning plans for each of his students, which includes time with him, with other kids, and with online games. And though his students have shown […]

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Video Games That Bring Civics Class to Life

Video Games That Bring Civics Class to Life

| October 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Andrew Miller The online educational video game site iCivics, created in 2009 by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that features civics curriculum, has partnered with EverFi, an ed-tech company focused on K-12 and higher ed. And through the partnership comes a new initiative Commons – Digital Town Square, offered free to all […]

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What Can 135 Million Video Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?

What Can 135 Million Video Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?

| September 28, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr:Blakespot By Jennie Rose An estimated 135 million people play video games, spending three billion hours a week glued to a screen. But that’s not necessarily bad news. In fact, playing video games may be part of an evolutionary leap forward, according to Howard Rheingold, educator and author of the book Net Smart: How to […]

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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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Where Do Educational Games Come From?

Where Do Educational Games Come From?

| September 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Flickr:Flickingrbrad Increasingly, digital games are cropping up everywhere in education. And that’s stimulated a flurry of activity leading to the expectation that no longer are learning games only likely to come from traditional education companies, but a wide variety of sources. The expectation-setting stats and statements, at least, are straightforward. Both the New Media Consortium’s […]

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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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Six Great Online Games for Summer Learning

Six Great Online Games for Summer Learning

| August 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Almetria Vaba Summer can be a great opportunity to leverage a child’s interest in specific subjects, like science or history, with their fascination for digital games. PBS LearningMedia, launched a year ago, has a robust collection of free interactive games to experiment, manipulate, and investigate. Amusement Park Physics How do physics laws affect amusement […]

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10 Ways to Boost Your Game for Back-to-School

10 Ways to Boost Your Game for Back-to-School

| July 30, 2012 | 7 Comments

In just a few weeks, school will start again in most schools. For teachers gearing up for the new school year, here are some instructive articles that may help get new ideas flowing — everything from using free online games, free digital media tools, cell phones, Pinterest and Learnist, and creating your own textbooks.

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