In the afterschool space, a new breed of professional development programs are expanding learning opportunities for urban youth by cultivating partnerships between classroom teachers and community-based educators.
Jeffrey Earp's insight:
Game making is spearheading the oft-advocated (but rarely realised) breakout from 18th century schooling. Get set to hear a lot more like this.
Having technology in the classroom is one thing, but allowing students to create a game that requires coding skills can also be beneficial in other developmental areas in younger children according to a foundry10 study.
What if school was fun? And what if this fun facilitated rich, meaningful learning? We explore what happened when designers and programmers from educational game company FutureBound collaborated with students from South L.A.
After viewing this introduction to game-based learning, we expect you will want to take your collaborative planning to the next level by accepting the challenge of designing games for literacy learnin...
Kinect2Scratch allows data from the Microsoft Kinect controller to be sent to Scratch, the programming language for kids from the MIT Media Laboratory. This means that anyone can write programs with motion control, use gestures, make kinetic games and generally leap about having fun.
The U.S. Dept. of Education will help host the first-ever "Games for Learning Summit" to try and bring educators and developers together to discuss how to best design games for use in the classroom. ...
Jeffrey Earp's insight:
The thing about bandwagons in the US is that, for all the jumpers on, there are also plenty of folk ready to push so the whole thing keeps rolling on. The last time our Heads of State held a game jam was ...
Art and creative expression have an interesting way of weaving in and out of classrooms, offering students the opportunity to explore their own ideas and minds. Video games are no different, and while most of the discussion about their use in classrooms centers on play, the benefits of designing games in the classroom can extend far beyond entertainment and even programming.
One of the great trends in gaming in recent years has been the opening up of development. Where before you needed to learn reams of specialist code to build something even vaguely playable, nowadays t...
Have you heard about Project Spark? It's the ultimate interactive digital playground for gamers of all ages, a powerful (yet simple) way to build and play your own worlds, stories, and games. Share all of your creations to a dynamic community, and play what the community makes. Project Spark brings creation to life and presents endless opportunities for play.
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