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Ananth Pai: engaging students through scalable game based curriculum

Abstract: Submission to the United States Innovative Education Forum http://www.microsoft.com/education/uspil/usief/default.mspx. Ananth Pai’s objective is to achieve fifth grade level growth from third grade class by individualized learning using NWEA MAP assessment and their learning continuum (DesCartes) for Reading and Math, and engaging students at all times through scalable game based curriculum I first learned about

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Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Abstract: In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. For more awesome inspiration, please visit Ted.com In this talk, I believe Mr. Robinson is trying to understand why

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5 reasons to love Khan academy for computer science

Stop! Take 10 seconds to consider a world where computer programs did not exist.   In this world of “no computer programs,”  the following is true: The internet does not exist. Facebook does not exist. You would not be reading this blog article. Your phone would just make phone calls… Oh… phones won’t work either.

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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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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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#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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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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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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Can gaming have a positive impact to students? Answers from GamesForChange.org

Please make sure to visit SuperBetter.com If we spend 3 billion hours a week playing online games, is it possible to direct some of that human energy to creating positive change in the real world?   Can gaming have a positive impact on students?  In the past week, I had the opportunity to explore some of

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