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Here’s an App to Teach Strategy and How a Disease Spreads

On a Sunday drive with my wife, Sarah talked about how she will be teaching on public health and epidemics in her microbiology classes soon. For as long as I have known Sarah, she gets REALLY excited about epidemiology. She gets excited in the same way that a four year old boy gets “giddy” to

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How to use Minecraft in teaching

In a previous post, we reviewed why Vicki Davis(@coolcatteacher) and other teachers use virtual worlds to teach digital citizenship and online collaboration.   It’s amazing to see how teachers use technologies like OpenSim to transform their students into teachers.   As a Dad, I always enjoy finding games that my son and I can enjoy

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Teaching like a game designer

All teachers and leaders seek new ways to engage their students and followers.   Games have a profound potential as teaching tools.   I wanted to share some of the key questions that have helped me in my quest to become a game designer.   (I still have much to learn)  The questions serve as a checklist

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7 ideas for creating a student centered learning environment by Paul Andersen

My wife has been raving to me about this cool biology teacher from Bozeman, Montana. Paul Anderson has become a star in the biology community for his Bozeman Biology YouTube channel. I discovered a TED talk that he gave sharing how he keeps his students engaged and learning. I had to share this with you!!

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Learn how to create a mobile app in minutes using Corona SDK

Many of my readers may enjoy learning how they can create apps for their favorite mobile devices: ipad, iphone, or Android.    The Corona SDK provides an elegant framework for quickly creating applications and games.    I have heard stories of middle school students creating rocking games with this tool.    So, I just had

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How can a free massively collaborative game potentially help save lives?

As a game developer, I have become convinced that games can have a profound impact in teaching and changing the world.    Why? Games encourage us to take on epic challenges and objectives.    In the act of making a game, designers and developers have the opportunity to craft the rules of the game to

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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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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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