Coding has been the hot topic in education and STEM conversations for the past year. I have paid attention to the extent that I know it’s important for today’s students to learn to code and I know that our science, technology, engineering and math teachers are finding ways to integrate coding lessons into their curriculum. I tried a few coding exercises – even played around a bit with Scratch – but never felt compelled to deep dive into the language myself. That is, until I discovered some of the new coding games that have been developed. Here are some of my favorites:
Gamification is the process by which teachers use video game design principals in learning environments. The effects are increased student engagement, class wide enjoyment of academic lessons, and high levels of buy-in, even from your most reluctant learners.
When gamifying a classroom there are several things you’ll need to consider. The first is content, as in what are you trying to teach? Like any lesson or unit plan, you’ll need to figure out how to organize and assess new material. You’ll also need to consider your students. What kind of learners are they? What information do they already know? You’ll need to have a basic understanding of your students’ technology skills and how much support each student may need. You’ll want to consider putting together a training manual or some other support system for students who may need extra help. You’ll also need to consider your own comfort level with technology and the actual technology available to you. These considerations may lead you to designing your own game, or relying one a template or already built quest.
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.
"Learn how Minecraft and MinecraftEDU can be integrated into your curriculum. Invite your students to create simulations of places, events, and concepts in the engaging and creative environment of Minecraft. See examples of student-created Minecraft projects and learn how to get started with MinecraftEDU. "
" After three years in the making, the Minecraft version of Star Wars: A New Hope is almost done. According to the fans making the movie, the individual sets alone took six months to build — “no mods have been used, just custom textures and art.” Here’s their version of the original movie trailer, released in 1977:"
Getting Started Pick up a copy at MinecraftEDU Check out the Wiki Participate in the forums Plan and discuss before you play! Dig, dig, dig. Break and build. Such are the simple, hallmark mechanics behind one of the world’s most popular indie games, Minecraft, which has sold an estimated 20 mil
Online interactive learning games and teacher resources for teaching information fluency. Drop these course games into your online classes, library- media kiosks, or school webpages. (A free service of the 21st Century Information Fluency Project.)
For many teachers, online games are the scourge of the classroom – a drain on students’ attention, time and potential. Any educator who has ever tried to teach a lesson using online resources or taken a class in the computer lab has probably experienced the frustration of finding a student on a gaming site instead of sticking to the intended lesson plan. But online games don’t always have to be a distraction
"The use of technology in the classroom is becoming more mainstream than ever. From using it as a way to gain resources and inspiration for lessons to leveraging the relationships with others in your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to find pen pals for your students..."
TinyTap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games and playing thousands of new ones shared daily by a worldwide community of educators and learners worldwide. Together we are building the world's largest marketplace for educational games - a community that celebrates creativity and knowledge!
Gamindex focuses on bringing games to education through game reviews written for teachers. Each review features a summary, benefits to the game, challenges for implementation, and ideas for class use. You can also search for that perfect game based on your content area, gaming platform, and other information.
Useful guide to games that could be used in teaching. Searching limited to one category at a time though so not easy to refine the search. Very US orientated and aimed mostly at school pupils rather than students or adults. Good for getting overview of various games and possible uses.
“ The thesis that I read, called Digital game-based learning: Towards an experiential gaming model, introduced a model to represent the way that we learn through educational games. Do not that this m...”
"Type Rocket is a free typing game from ABCya that Joanne Villis reminded me of in one of her recent posts. Type Rocket is a sixty second game in which students make fireworks explode by typing the letters that appear on the rockets in the games. In the sixty second span of the game students try to correctly type as many letters as they possibly can. The rockets speed up as the game progresses."
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than...
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