When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Getting under a kid’s skin has become science. Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it’s no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers’ actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.
Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level spatial skill.
World of Warcraft Students’ passions can be a powerful driver for deeper and more creative learning. With this knowledge, some educators are using popular commercial games like World of Warcraft (WoW) to create curriculum around the game. And they say they’re seeing success, especially with learners who have had trouble in traditional classrooms. World of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Globaloria By Jennifer Roland Identifying bones in a skeleton, learning how chemical elements react, understanding alternative energy uses. These lessons have jumped out of the textbook and into the hands of students who created video games that teach the concepts to their peers. It’s part of Globaloria, a national program that allows middle school and […]
Flickr: Loren Kahle By Aran Levasseur Imagine you’re a senior manager at a leading videogame company. Your job is to devise the company’s competitive strategy in a rapidly growing and dynamic industry. What prices will you set for the consoles? How many games will be available for your platform? This is the premise of Platform […]
Flickr: Ernst Vikne By Aran Levasseur The goal of the videogame “Civilization” is to build a civilization that stands the test of time. You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your […]
Amidst grim reports this week that California schools are “failing to invest enough time, money and training to teach science well,” and that only one out of 10 elementary school students gets to play with hands-on science experiments, a shining counter-example is happening at the Nueva School in the wealthy San Francisco suburb of Hillsborough. […]