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Java Pioneer Chris Melissinos on How Video Games Are Changing The Future Of Our World

Java Pioneer Chris Melissinos on How Video Games Are Changing The Future Of Our World | Digital Play | Scoop.it
The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has been hosting The Art of Video Games Smithsonian exhibit since February 16.
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Does something nice to look at make it art? 

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Game Changer: 4 Reasons Digital Learning Thwarts Feelings of Failure

Game Changer: 4 Reasons Digital Learning Thwarts Feelings of Failure | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Failure seems to be all the rage these days. Fail fast. Fail smart. Fail forward. It's hard not to gag on the plethora of "failure" clichés that headline cultural media today. My 6-year-old daughter is even wrapped up in the topic.
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How Digital Games Become Educational | TLE

How Digital Games Become Educational | TLE | Digital Play | Scoop.it
By Robert Sun In speaking before many groups of educators, in cities across the nation, I often hear that one of the biggest challenges facing schools today is how to consistently engage and motivate children to learn. Children, as we all know, are natural learners. But much of that instinctive curiosity is dampened by the …
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Kellogg Alum's Playmation Studios Makes Fridge Magnet Poetry A Mobile Game

Kellogg Alum's Playmation Studios Makes Fridge Magnet Poetry A Mobile Game | Digital Play | Scoop.it

Helms describes Playmation Studios as a cross between "game development and natural language processing." Currently the company, which Helms runs with her brother, has two apps: Stagecraft, an interactive French, Spanish, and English learning game, and Sleep Furiously, a grammar word game. Their aim is to continue building out apps that gamify linguistics in order to create a "learning engine" that could support language learning for all students.

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Toppo: Teachers are Ready, Give Them the Digital Tools They Need

Toppo: Teachers are Ready, Give Them the Digital Tools They Need | Digital Play | Scoop.it
During the Games for Change summit in New York, N.Y., last week, indie game developer Jesse Schell noted for the first time, the majority of teachers in the U.S. were... more »
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How do I start playing video games? A beginner's guide

How do I start playing video games? A beginner's guide | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Heard a lot about Grand Theft Auto or Uncharted? Want to give games a go but not sure where to start? Here’s a quick introduction
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To begin, begin.

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Fingerprint talks the future of edutainment and educational games for children

Fingerprint talks the future of edutainment and educational games for children | Digital Play | Scoop.it
A new form of video entertainment is starting to take hold on the industry.
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With the influence of casual games is there a revival set for language games?

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Who’s Really Holding Back Innovation in Schools—Teachers or Administrators?

Who’s Really Holding Back Innovation in Schools—Teachers or Administrators? | Digital Play | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard all the buzzwords: inquiry- or project-based learning, blended classrooms, gamification, play, etc. Whether the cheerleaders shout “21st-century skills,” “character education,” or “entrepreneurship,” it is clear that we want children to have a school experience that is not only about facts and content, but also about empowering thoughtful...
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Livingstone School will focus on 'games-based learning'

Livingstone School will focus on 'games-based learning' | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Breaking news from the global game development industry
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Games are safe environments where learning through mistakes are part and parcel of the puzzle.

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Game-based Approach to Teacher Education at ASU Builds Essential Skills

Game-based Approach to Teacher Education at ASU Builds Essential Skills | Digital Play | Scoop.it
This week gamesandlearning.org along with the Institute of Play will be reporting on how games are changing the way new and current teachers learn to teach and what that means for the use of games in the classroom. The series,
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Influent Review: The Flash Card Game

Influent Review: The Flash Card Game | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Influent is more of an educational aid than a full on way to learn a language.
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It costs a little bit of money but it looks cool.

 

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Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report

Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report | Digital Play | Scoop.it
The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated …
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Dundee to digital games in learning | Silversprite

Dundee to digital games in learning | Silversprite | Digital Play | Scoop.it
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In but a few hours, Scotland will vote on whether to become a fully independent nation. Scotland has a thriving video game industry, with much of the creativity focused on the city of Dundee. Here, we examine some of the historical connections between Dundee and the current situation of game-based learning.

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Swedish Children are using virtual worlds to learn English

Swedish Children are using virtual worlds to learn English | Digital Play | Scoop.it
World of Warcraft is a lot of things to a lot of people - engrossing RPG, all-encompassing addiction, Space-Goat Music Video Simulator - but according to a new study by Swedish academics, it's also become a vital tool in dynamically teaching young children new languages.
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Digital Learning Games Must Be More Than Skinner Boxes

Digital Learning Games Must Be More Than Skinner Boxes | Digital Play | Scoop.it
They must be more than a set of choices with rewards that possibly lack the need for any real critical thinking and problem solving. They must connect with the player, so that the player cares about their participation, involvement, and hopefully, the learning that they will transfer to real-life contexts.
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Minecraft in school? How video games could be the future of learning

Minecraft in school? How video games could be the future of learning | Digital Play | Scoop.it
A new study is the latest to support the use of video games, in particular the popular children’s game Minecraft, in classroom learning.
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Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming | Digital Play | Scoop.it
A central misunderstanding, Greg Toppo writes, is that video game-based learning is somehow "easier." Often, he says, it's hard work, but students love the challenge.
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Study Finds Gamers Have Greater Cognitive Function And More Grey Matter

Study Finds Gamers Have Greater Cognitive Function And More Grey Matter | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Gamers everywhere rejoice!  It turns out that gaming prowess is an indication of a better connected brain.  This latest conclusion was drawn from research which looked at the cognitive function of Action Video Gamers (AVGs) of different levels of proficiency. For the ‘noobs’ out there, action video games subject the gamer to physical challenges, including hand–eye coordination and reaction-time games. This could be racing or fighting for example.
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New report explores the use of digital games in the classroom during the learning process

New report explores the use of digital games in the classroom during the learning process | Digital Play | Scoop.it
A new report from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, examines how teachers are using digital games in their classrooms to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback.
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Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching | Digital Play | Scoop.it
In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning. But a recent study from A-GAMES, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, is significant because it looks at the way games impact the learning experience and the relationship [...]
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Communication Gaps Dog Efforts to Use Games in Classrooms

Communication Gaps Dog Efforts to Use Games in Classrooms | Digital Play | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard all the buzzwords: inquiry- or project-based learning, blended classrooms, gamification, play, etc. Whether the cheerleaders shout “21st Century Skills,” “Character Education,” or “Entrepreneurship,” it is clear that... more »
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Here's How Gamer-Teachers Use Video Games In The Classroom

Here's How Gamer-Teachers Use Video Games In The Classroom | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Games are being used much more widely in schools than they were when I first started writing about them 2 or 3 years ago. As of fall 2013, 74% of K-8 teachers were using digital games. 55% of these teachers have students playing digital games at least weekly, 9% daily. [...]
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SO what teacher gamer type are you?

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Teachers re-evaluate value of video games

Teachers re-evaluate value of video games | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Although most homes have video games there's been a lot of resistance to them entering the classroom, but that's changing as teachers recognise their educational benefits.
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Instead of TV, you should watch... | Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Instead of TV, you should watch... | Can Video Games Make You Smarter? | Digital Play | Scoop.it
Can Video Games Make You Smarter?
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The answer is basically yes, but in moderation.

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Video games boosts language and vocabulary

Video games boosts language and vocabulary | Digital Play | Scoop.it
MOL sweden - Children are often discouraged from playing video games because it can distract them from their school work.But now new research claims gaming could actually improve their performance at school by boosting their language skills and vocabulary.In particular, Swedish scientists found
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