game-based learning

Those of you familiar with Common Sense Media may have heard some buzz in social networks recently about their new Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media. For many years now, Common Sense Media has been the go-to source for parents and families to find unbiased ratings and reviews of all types of media, including movies, books, apps, websites, and more. When I was in the classroom, I often...
The Digital Is community might be particularly interested in this webinar by our good colleagues at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, with hosting and support from edWeb.net, SIIA, and BrainPOP. See below their announcement below. Put Down Your Pencils & Play Presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Centerat Sesame Workshop Hosted by edWeb.net and SIIASponsored by BrainPOP® - Home...
This year we begin our spring testing with civics and economics - the course I teach. Since we test first, we have several weeks of classes left after testing. In hope of sparking each student's drive, I've invited them to undertake capstone projects in government, politics, economics, or career readiness. I've offered up some suggestions for planning and iterating projects, and I've put forth...
I decided on today’s topic based on a visit to the “Community” tab of Digital Is and an exploration of “recent tags.”  “Game-based learning” stood out to me, not because I’m a gamer, but because gaming has always interested me as a learning strategy that fosters engagement and critical thinking. Years ago at a Computers and Composition conference, I spent a day in a pre-conference workshop...
These are the slides from my #dml2012 Ignite Talk about kids' wisdom in game-based leaning and the stories told by -  and at - school. Here is the video link. And here is the "shooting script" from which I riffed: Slide 1 Hello. My name is Chad Sansing. I teach humanities at a Virginia charter school.  I used to be a middle school teacher just like you, but then I took gaming in the knee. I'm...
Do you feel like there are more resources in Digital Is than you have time and energy to dig into? Make it into a game!   Using the list of traits and characteristics of 21st Century learners as it appears in Because Digital Writing Matters, we created Digital Is Bingo!   NWP Digital Is BINGO template_1.jpg   Each box's word or term is related to one or more...
This year I am teaching civics and economics as a middle school social studies teacher. While the content classroom brings new challenges and opportunities to student-directed learning, I'm working to negotiate content with students so that we can package a particular standard into work that holds meaning for them. For the gamers, this means learning about civics and economics through games....
In my 8 years of teaching I have never seen students so excited and engaged. They run up to me in the halls to tell me what they plan to do next class. They draw pictures about the game in art. They sit at the lunch tables and strategize their next building projects. And not only the boys, but girls too. --Joel Levin, a.k.a. Minecraft Teacher Joel Levin teaches computer classes at a private...
How will I teach my students what I don't know in the context of my classroom? A more accurate question would be, “How do I teach what I know little about?” I say, “little” because if there’s anything I’ve discovered with gaming and learning, it’s that there is always a new ah-ha just around the corner if I am willing to put myself in that position. I wanted to know why game-based learning...
Seek out the information you need to make sense of it all. If you don’t understand the pedagogy, you can’t make sense of what it could do in your classroom. I began my journey of an ongoing inquiry into why video games engage players and what they learn while playing. I needed to know what was happening. Ask anyone about gaming theory and where to get started, and you will probably hear the...

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