Game-based Learning

Can Designing Video Games Help Kids Gain Hard and Soft Skills? – Education Article

Steve Isaacs has long identified as a gamer. And when he’s not spending time with some of his favorites—StarCraft and Hearthstone—he’s teaching middle school students how to build their own. Isaacs, an educator at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, teaches two classes on designing video games: a semester-long elective for eighth graders and a six-week course for seventh graders. Why video games? Isaacs says it’s something many kids are often already excited about. And some research…

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Esports in Schools Is Here to Stay, and Experts Tout Many Benefits – Education Article

When the athletic director at Mount Saint Charles Academy asked teacher Rick Simard if he’d coach the school’s inaugural esports team, Simard hesitated for a moment. “To be honest with you, my first thought was that’s a thing?” says Simard, a veteran teacher and hockey coach. Twenty years ago, when Simard started coaching hockey, esports, or competitive video gaming, was most definitely not a thing. Ball-based sports dominated school athletics, and video games were still predominately a private leisure activity.…

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Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism – Education Article

I find it baffling that in 2019 I still have to explain why it’s important to play with students, especially when Fortune 500 companies are gamifying their workplace and their customer outreach, profitable gamer-culture on YouTube is on the rise and colleges have eSports teams. It’s even more baffling when you acknowledge that throughout history, renowned philosophers and educators—including Plato, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Froebel, Piaget, and Papert—have lauded the power of play in teaching, especially for young learners. Modern research…

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Why Every Classroom Needs Jigsaw Puzzles, Plus Our Top Picks – Education Article

Jigsaw puzzles are a common sight in PreK and early elementary classrooms. Little ones learn spatial reasoning, hand-eye coordination, and basic concepts like shapes and letters using these puzzles. By late elementary, puzzles are usually relegated to a game shelf to be brought out during indoor recess, if at all. But jigsaw puzzles offer benefits for all ages, and teachers can use them in a variety of ways, some of which may surprise you.  Classroom Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles Older…

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The Heart of Educational Game Design – edtechdigest.blog – Education Article

Four key areas to consider when designing and evaluating digital learning games. GUEST COLUMN | by Natalie F. Masters Gamification is trending across the modern educational landscape, and digital learning games are exploding onto the educational technology marketplace. With so much discussion, even hype, surrounding games and learning, many educators are looking to the research. While the body of research on digital learning games may be relatively sparse when compared with, say, the body of research on literacy instruction, and perhaps no less…

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A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. After the first few weeks of going over procedures and an introduction to computers, I noticed my students were getting restless. I’m taking the time before we go into coding to help students learn about giving instructions, since the most important thing all my elementary students learned this past week is that a computer works by following instructions. For the next few weeks, we will focus…

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25 Old-School Recess Games Your Students Should Be Playing Now – Education Article

5. 44 Home A more active version of hide-and-go-seek, 44 Home is extremely popular on elementary school playgrounds across the world. One person is the finder and counts while others hide. The finder finishes counting and yells “44 home!” and then tries to find where everyone is hiding before they make it back to base. Learn more: BuzzFeed 6. Ship to Shore Also known as Shipwreck, this fun Simon Says variation has students “hit the deck” and imitate a “man…

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