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Henry Jenkins: SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment | MindShift

Henry Jenkins: SimCityEDU: Using Games for Formative Assessment | MindShift | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it
“The game should be a place of play and experimentation,” said Henry Jenkins, a USC professor on the forefront of game-based learning.

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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:10 PM

It’s amazing to see the affordances that technology offers these days, I hope teachers would not forget to explain or at least shed a bit of light on the concept of simulation that underpins these tools. We don’t want to see a politician or urban planner some 10 to 20 years down the track, making critical decision based on their ‘simulated’ experience naively think that the programmed algorithm under the hood of the simulation tool equal to facts of natural phenomena. Proper explanation about what is the meaning of assumption and how things might be different in reality compared to simulated world could be very crucial.

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Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology | MindShift

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology | MindShift | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

"According to a study last year by the General Accounting Office study, just 42% of school districts even know about the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Web site; and of those that do, they say they only use it for a “small or moderate extent” in decision-making."

 

The article also questions whether standardized test scores are the only or best measure of what works

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Redefining “Cheating” With Homework | MindShift

Redefining “Cheating” With Homework | MindShift | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

"..at first blush, the new homework help Web site Slader might be accused of fostering just this sort of cheating behavior. The site offers the answers to homework questions in most major high school level math textbooks, and depending on how much you use it, there’s a fee. Students can pay for answers. Answers to all the questions, not just the odd ones. And answers with explanations and “proofs.” But it’s not as straightforward a transaction as it looks...'

 

 

Slader http://slader.com/

 

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YouTube Lets Schools Opt for Educational Videos | MindShift

YouTube Lets Schools Opt for Educational Videos | MindShift | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

Teachers who have been frustrated over blocked access to YouTube educational videos in school can take heart. YouTube is rolling out a pilot a program with schools that will redirect all YouTube links to educational content on YouTube.com/education. In addition, comments will be disabled and related videos will only be educational, both of which are a source of anxiety around exposing kids to inappropriate content.

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