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So, when we got the idea for this thing, we assumed (I know) that there would be a ton of interest. I thought, "I bet there are a lot of teachers out there who are gaming and would love to do i
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TeacherQuest Colorado Brings Game Design to Aurora Public Schools | Institute of Play

TeacherQuest Colorado Brings Game Design to Aurora Public Schools | Institute of Play | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
What does it take to make learning irresistible? In Aurora, Colorado, thirty educators are working to crack this question wide open through the TeacherQuest Colorado Fall Course. In this program, provided in collaboration with Aurora Public Schools, educators are creating games to use in their classrooms.
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Survey: 50% of Educators Bring Games Into Classroom; Request Better Dashboards and Reports (EdSurge News)

Survey: 50% of Educators Bring Games Into Classroom; Request Better Dashboards and Reports (EdSurge News) | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
BETTER THAN MARIO KART: Do schools really care about bringing games into instruction—or is it only a few? According to ThinkZone, it’s about 50-50. After acquiring a USDOE grant, the gaming startup attempted to shed light on this question by putting the money towards a game survey of 800 K-12 teache
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Iterative Design with the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker

Students will learn the basics of game design as they create their own levels in Portal 2 and work with peers to peer test and iterate on their design.
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From the desk of Mr. Walters: The promise & reality of GBL in Science

From the desk of Mr. Walters: The promise & reality of GBL in Science | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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I get that a game is never going to replace real research and lab work, but it is certainly a better substitute than worksheet packets.

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10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom -

10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom - | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom by Mike Acedo In today’s classroom, educators are constantly required to mold their teaching methods to give students the best opportunity to succeed. It is not only imperative...
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Developing Quest to Learn | Institute of Play

Developing Quest to Learn | Institute of Play | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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Reading this right now. If I can't make a school like this, I'll settle for my classroom. I wish we had the freedom to make our school into this. 

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Epic Tale or Epic Fail Infographic

Epic Tale or Epic Fail Infographic | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it

New Infographic to go with Epic Tale or Epic Fail. http://bit.ly/epictale

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New Infographic to go with Epic Tale or Epic Fail. http://bit.ly/epictale

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Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
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This talk changed the direction of my classroom and my teaching philosophy one afternoon. 

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Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning | Video on TED.com

In her talk, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that...
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Classroom XP Calculator and Leaderboard 2.0 (with Guild Support!)

Directions and link to the XP Calculator 2.0 sheet: http://igniteducation.com/2014/10/14/xp-calculator-2-0/ Make a classroom leaderboard website whic
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Combining Creativity and STEM Skills Through Video Game Design

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Combining Creativity and STEM Skills Through Video Game Design | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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How educators are using Rocket League to help kids learn engineering

How educators are using Rocket League to help kids learn engineering | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Rocket League is a phenomenon. The soccer game you play with cars debuted last year, and it now has multiple esports leagues and legions of dedicated fans. But the best evidence that it is something special is that educators are using it to teach kids.
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Intro to Game Design (designing engaging end-user experience)

Intro to Game Design (designing engaging end-user experience) | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Game Design is concerned with the iteration feedback loop and how games are a complex system designed around creating a satisfying user experience.
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The Future Of Games In Education - Edudemic

The Future Of Games In Education - Edudemic | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Gamification is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Incorporating game play elements into your classroom can help to create a dynamic, interactive environment that will help get and keep your students engaged in the material and excited to learn. It sounds great, right? But every trend will see a …
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Incorporating game play elements into your classroom can help to create a dynamic, interactive environment that will help get and keep your students engaged in the material and excited to learn.

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Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series)

Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series) | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Game-based learning scholar Kurt Squire explores how leveraging young people's interest in gaming could encourage greater youth community involvement and deeper connections to civic and political life.
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Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series) | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin game-based learning scholar Constance Steinkuehler talks about her research on online video games and literacy, and how learning skyrockets when students are passionate about the subject matter.
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"If it smells like school..." This is so insightful and relevant.  

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Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive

Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
At New York City's game-based learning school Quest to Learn, sixth graders take risks in the process of designing a Rube Goldberg machine, which enables more creativity, innovation, and engagement.
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Totally relates to this post here: http://mrwaltersdesk.blogspot.com/2013/05/games-fun-failure-and-learning-process.html ;

 

I feel an edit or a sequel coming on...

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Learning Guide

Learning Guide | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it
In development online version of GSM Learning Guide content
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I've used this in developing my game design unit, as well as lessons I've done with Portal 2 for schools, Scratch, Stencyl, and more. 

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Teach with Portals » About

Teach with Portals » About | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it

The Teach with Portals program offers free content, information and tools to help educators build innovative curricula. Games and tools are delivered through STEAM for SCHOOLS, the school-friendly version of our game distribution service.

 
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This has been awesome in my classroom... Brilliant!

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From the desk of Mr. Walters: Game Based Learning, Gamification, & Game Design: A n00bs guide.

From the desk of Mr. Walters: Game Based Learning, Gamification, & Game Design: A n00bs guide. | Game Based Awesomeness | Scoop.it

One thing that often frustrates and confuses newcomers to this discussion is the differences between Game Based Learning (#GBL), Gamification (#Gamification), and Game Design. Often the lines between these three distinct fields are blurred in conversation as well as practice.

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Clearing up the terms...

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