On the one hand, excited to see a fabulous opportunity for kids to learning game design. On the other hand, hate knowing that the price tag will make this a limited opportunity for those who might most benefit from the experience.
An interesting piece addressing gamification in light of current educational policy debates. Not sure how much I buy into the "just layering" aspect of gamification--I think it's more complex than the author suggests.
Building a legacy. First impressions and last impressions is what everyone remembers. What last impressions will you leave in their minds? Some teachers have already checked out and have found a good 2 movies for the ...
By explaining the connection between WWII and the music and the painting, you could passively teach them the strategy of how to look for other connections themselves. And I think that is one part of education.
This quote is from Jonah Lenrer's book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works," which I highly recommend -- Howard:
"When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive,” Glaser says. “And it’s that act of attention that allows you to really grasp something, to become fully conscious of it. That’s what I learned from my mother’s face, that drawing is really a kind of thinking.”"
The flipped classroom is probably not all that new to people in the education field, but this gives an excellent overview of the idea's application in higher education (and how to bring in games as part of the experience).
Service + Learning = Service-Learning Service: Service means contributing or helping to benefit others and the common good. Learning: Learning means gaining understanding of a subject of skill through study, experience, or an exchange of ideas.
There have been a few blog posts and whatnot lately about the role of failure in education. This one grounds itself in the gamification field and stresses the same message as others---learning is more than a 'right answer.'
Education Week NewsScientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'Education Week NewsToday, as educational neuroscience has started to find its niche within interdisciplinary "mind-brain-education" study, the field's most powerful findings show how...
Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area.
Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving--and how they can be improved--via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies." Fabio Sergio
10 key themes that are likely to drive the development of mLearning initiatives in innovative directions are explored here.
Joe Kraus goes after the "culture of distraction" that necessitates infotention and begins to talk about what to do about it. -- Howard
"I think the solution is to balance the DISTRACTING brain training you’re doing every single day with training that strengthens long-form ATTENTION. We want to OVERCOME OUR FEAR OF BOREDOM, OUR ANXIETY OF BEING UNSTIMULATED recognize the value of gap time and not have anxiety about it."
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