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5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic

5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Game designers have mastered certain tricks that make games so addictive that people can’t stop playing them. Here are the top five secrets that game designers know, and some tips on how you can use these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 30, 2014 8:17 PM

As teachers what can we do to make our classes more exciting for students? We know that many will sit in front of a computer or game console and play for hours, and when they do not succeed the first time, or the tenth time or the fiftieth time they keep trying. How do we get them to perservere in the classroom when they are not successful? This post explores this, providing five "secrets of game design" that might make a difference in your classroom. The five secrets are listed below but click through to the post to learn more about them.

* The Appointment Dynamic: Be Here At This Time, Get a Prize

* The Failure Dynamic: Fail Early, Fail Often

* The Flexibility Dynamic: Provide Multiple Paths to Success

* The Progression Dynamic: Scaffold and Recognize Progress

* The Construction Dynamic: Build Something That Matters

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 30, 2014 9:07 PM

Run your class like a game designer, paying attention to the following "dynamics":  The Appointment Dynamic, the Failure Dynamic, the Flexibility Dynamic, the Progression Dynamic, and the Construction Dynamic.

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

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More good stuff! Thanks again to Yashy Tohsaku. 

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The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why

The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher. Step back and look at that picture from a broad perspective. What are the critical 21st-century skills…

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 17, 12:50 AM

A good list.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 17, 12:09 PM

"So, according to the folks we’ve asked, the consensus is that learners need transparency-level skills in these areas:



  • Problem solving

  • Creativity

  • Analytic thinking

  • Collaboration

  • Communication

  • Ethics, action, and accountability"

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Future focussed skills -a challenge for all
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The Dawn of Data as Dusk of Degrees

The Dawn of Data as Dusk of Degrees | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Today we are all creating data and do it all the time, with every swipe of a credit card, click of a mouse button or finger tip on a touch screen. With the rise of mobile devices a whole new data set, Geolocation, got into this immense pool of information, yet we, the creators of information are not really profiting from it. Sure, we get a free coffee or burger if we check in to our favorite coffee shop or burger restaurant but that should not be the end of the line.

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Scrutinizing equal pay for equal work among teachers

Scrutinizing equal pay for equal work among teachers | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The notion of equal pay for equal work resonates strongly in the teaching profession. Fixed salary schedules determine how the vast majority of public school teachers are paid. Yet, an inherent, of…
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Signs of digital distress

Signs of digital distress | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The internet is now a fundamental component of the American economy, creating new ways to educate, employ, bring services to, and entertain every person. Broadband, especially wireline broadband in…
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Using a “Mysterious Moment” lesson starter to develop questioning skills

Using a “Mysterious Moment” lesson starter to develop questioning skills | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The ‘mysterious moment’ approach is a great way to engage students at the beginning of a lesson and to generate some interesting questions. It involves giving students an intriguing, mysterious and deliberately incomplete story based on a study topic by taking away key details, and then challenging teams to ask yes/no questions of the teacher to fill the gaps and deduce what is going on. Points are awarded to the team which first mentions keywords identified in advance by the teacher and which thereby demonstrate that they are edging towards the complete story. Finally, each student is asked to produce their own fuller account of the story, including all of the key words, using a range of sources provided by the teacher, as well as an answer to the question “What do you think historians use this event to illustrate?”.

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Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Interactive Maps | National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Informing Strategic Investment in Digital Equity: Interactive Maps | National Digital Inclusion Alliance | digital divide information | Scoop.it
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Diversity: Brought to you by the letter E: Exposure & Empathy

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Diversity: Brought to you by the letter E: Exposure & Empathy | digital divide information | Scoop.it
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Largest chocolate maker to invest $1 billion into fighting climate change

Largest chocolate maker to invest $1 billion into fighting climate change | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Mars is not simply the red planet tea party conspiracy theorists fear, it’s also the world’s largest chocolate company, producing favorites like M&Ms, Snickers, and of course Mars Bars. For some time now, the candy company has been very public supporters of fighting climate change and were one of the companies that signed the letter urging Trump to not pull out of the Paris climate change agreement back in June. They have just added even more chocolatey goodness to their progressive position.

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Finally getting serious about educating kids with dyslexia

Finally getting serious about educating kids with dyslexia | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Apple’s Steve Jobs had it. So did Nelson Rockefeller, and so do Bill Gates, Anderson Cooper, Amee

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Opinion | Immigrants Shouldn’t Have to Be ‘Talented’ to Be Welcome

Opinion | Immigrants Shouldn’t Have to Be ‘Talented’ to Be Welcome | digital divide information | Scoop.it
When Americans focus on immigrants’ economic contributions, they fail to stand up to the Trump administration’s fundamentally hateful agenda.
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Good Thinking!

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Good Thinking the Science of Teaching Science
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Have you ever wished you could see into the minds of your students? We’ve partnered with FableVision Studios to create a new animated series that helps teachers do just that, with Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science. This original web series is designed to support K-12 science educators through targeted short-format videos that explore common student ideas and misconceptions about a range of science topics such as energy, chemical reactions, and natural selection, as well as pedagogical subjects like student motivation and the myth of left and right-brained people. Each episode is grounded in findings from peer-reviewed science and education research, has been vetted by experts, and was developed with national standards in mind. Whether you’re looking to refresh your content knowledge before beginning a new unit, or to pick up tips to refine and enhance your teaching practices, we believe great science education begins with Good Thinking!
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Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech | digital divide information | Scoop.it

What distinguishes the most innovative schools is what students and teachers do with the technology they have. Parents want their children prepared to shape the future, not get steamrolled by it.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 7, 1:31 AM

If this is true in US, then how much more so on a global scale?

Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, September 8, 12:00 AM

If this is true in US, then how much more so on a global scale?

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, Today, 8:33 AM

I talked to a brand new teacher recently who wondered why she'd bothered to go to college since her education program prepared her for very little of what actually happens in her school, a Title 1 school. She has little to no familiarity with technology or even where to go to find resources to figure out what's best to use when. When she does try to research something, she is overwhelmed by the options. She is not alone. A tech coach can help provided the tech coach isn't split between numerous buildings and provided the tech coach has time and opportunity to research other options and knows how to ask teachers questions about what they need and want, especially since most teachers don't know what they don't know. It's a conundrum not easily solved by working with an edtech consultant, though that is a solution. You can find me on Twitter @elainej or check out my web site: http://www.p20partners.com. I can help.

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Machines are getting schooled on fairness

Machines are getting schooled on fairness | digital divide information | Scoop.it
Machine-learning programs are introducing biases that may harm job seekers, loan applicants and more.
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Empire of Deceit says charters squandering taxes and violating immigration laws

Empire of Deceit says charters squandering taxes and violating immigration laws | digital divide information | Scoop.it
The new book Empire of Deceit alleges "misconduct/misuse of taxpayer funds visa and program" at Gülen-affiliated charter schools. The book is calling for immediate federal and state investigations. The Gülen charters are the nation's second largest network of charter schools (See also the Atlantic's piece 120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric). The…
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Perspective | How good is your broadband? The FCC needs to know.

Perspective | How good is your broadband? The FCC needs to know. | digital divide information | Scoop.it
In today’s hyperpoliticized technology policy environment, even an annual report can cause controversy.
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The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic]

The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic] | digital divide information | Scoop.it
This handy visual guide explores technology use by young children. How much and what do they use, and is it appropriate?

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Paul's curator insight, October 13, 2013 9:16 AM

Great infographic - we always me to consider the human element when we integrate technology into the classroom.

AnnC's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:37 PM

Lots of great information addressing access to and use of technology by children!

ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, September 12, 10:18 AM

Less is more.....

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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | digital divide information | Scoop.it
As California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education, there are an estimated 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 11, 7:41 AM

Something to think about! 

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Sanctuary State: California Protects Immigrants 2017-09-05

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Hundreds of people gathered at the Federal Bldg. in San Francisco to express solidarity with immigrants and refugees, and to rejec

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Increasing equity through educational technology

Increasing equity through educational technology | digital divide information | Scoop.it
MIT Assistant Professor Justin Reich looks to transform educational settings by equipping teachers with the technology tools they need to best serve all students.

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New York is offering free lunches to all 1.1 million school kids

New York is offering free lunches to all 1.1 million school kids | digital divide information | Scoop.it

The New York City Department of Education announced Wednesday that all public school students, regardless of family income, will receive free lunch.


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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, September 8, 2:20 PM

Putting an end to lunch shaming.