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How can games transform education?

What aspects of games help enhance learning?  Check out this awesome TED talk from Dr. Richard Van Eck. For additional examples of gamification and game based learning, please consider reviewing my previous blog entries. Dr. Van Eck feels that games could fundamentally disrupt the core of education. Are there  games that we can use today

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Reduce your stress level with keeping a plan of awesome

I have the great pleasure of sharing my life with my wife who teaches college Biology.   We have a number of friends who are preparing their final plans for the fall semester.   I have to admit the process of planning and executing a quality class can become overwhelming.  As a designer of software, I have

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How do I level up as a Dad?

Published on July 21, 2012 by in parenting

  Photo from http://www.public-domain-image.com  I cherish my mission as a father.   My wife and I have been blessed with two wonderful boys who are going up so quickly.   I often ask God to help me become the best dad that I can be.   In my morning reflection, from dads.org, the author talked about the identity of

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Do you feel our education system values creativity?

As a musician and software designer, I care about my children and future generations being creative.   I believe creativity fills my life with passion, teaches me to be expressive, and helps me as a problem solver.    Sir Ken Robinson has some thoughtful remarks on how our education system treats creativity. Do you feel

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#levelupbc inspires and teaches using community building, crowd sourcing, and games.

Great recipes start with great ingredients.   The folks at the #levelupbc have served up a dish of awesomeness with the ingredients of passion for teaching, community building, crowd sourcing, and games. Through this blog, my wife and I want to celebrate people and organizations innovating in education.    As a community of leaders and

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How can AI improve our organizations, schools, and families?

Published on July 7, 2012 by in leadership

In computer science, I fell in love with artificial intelligence.   It’s the sort of topic that you see in science fiction that makes you dream about how the world will be different.   While I would love to talk about artificial intelligence more, I feel that I need to talk about another type of

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How can YouTube support great teachers? Can we flip education?

Published on June 30, 2012 by in teaching

As a student, I want to learn and succeed in my classes for a variety of personal motivations.   I believe that I thrive when my teachers cared about me enough to give me individualized attention.   How do we encourage this style of teaching?   To answer this question, I would like to introduce you to

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Boldly going where no one has gone before: KinectBiology.com

Most of us probably learned about cell biology in a traditional manner: lecture, books, and labs.   While these means of teaching are great, young students will soon have an alternative.   In the future, you’ll get to experience a quest through the basic lego block of life… the cell. I had the opportunity to

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I believe educational technology just became exponentially cooler. Thanks Google!

Published on June 28, 2012 by in technology

I think educational technology just became exponentially cooler! Why?  During the Google I/O 2012 conference, our amigos at Google gave us tons of new tools and platforms to help us innovate.   I love new toys!  These tools can help serve existing movements like mlearning and  game based learning.  I love seeing competition in the tablet space too.    Lower

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National STEM Video Game Challenge 2010 Youth Prize Winners

As I have reviewed materials from the GamesForChange.org conference, I have become more convinced that education has a huge impact to the future of our economic future.   I have also enjoyed seeing the results of “game based learning” challenges. The students in this video give me hope that the US can continue to be innovation

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