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MetaBlast, a video game quest through a cell.

MetaBlast is an amazing first person shooter quest through a cell.  After playing it a few times, I had to share this video game. To learn more about this game, please visit http://www.metablast.org/ . I did have a few issues starting the game due to challenges in the starting menu. After getting past these issues, the

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Kickstarter games that teach math, programming, language, ecosystems, economics

Why is game based learning a meaningful trend in education? Even though millions of children do not finish high school in the US,  million of people play games for more than 45 hours per week. How can we influence that gaming energy to grow the minds of our students? Many of the principles of instructional

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Olympics of teachers – Microsoft partners in learning forum 2012

https://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers/status/230334473017884673/photo/1   Bill Gates through his foundation has challenged our community to discover what makes a great teacher.   In this vision, we need to regularly find and celebrate great teachers.   I greatly appreciate the work Microsoft has done to organize the Partners in learning program. During this week, Microsoft has hosted a forum

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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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