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Erin
Wilkey Oh

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I'm a former teacher of adult English learners and high school students in Kansas City (on both sides of the state line). I will forever claim the Greater Kansas City Writing Project as my professional home, though I now live and work in Oakland, California. My work keeps me focused on digital media and learning. I currently review apps for Common Sense Media and YogiPlay, with an emphasis on apps for learning.

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by Razeen Zaman
This article was originally published on the Institute of Play website on September 2, 2011.

Twenty people huddled together in passionate discussion, peppered with words like "iteration," "cycle" and "feedback." They were not geeks partial to jargon, nor hard-core gamers; they were actually elementary school teachers participating in Grinding New Lenses, a unique four-week professional development intensive and summer camp for kids held in July 2011 at DePaul University.

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on Dec 6, 2011
by Erin Wilkey Oh
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Educators interested in helping student filmmakers understand copyright law and the doctrine of fair use will find great value in this resource.   

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on Dec 6, 2011
by Erin Wilkey Oh
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Last Tuesday, as I drove one of my students home from school (I work as a private, after-school tutor), he told me he was now running his own high school. Hmm? I shot him a curious look and saw he was hunched over in the passenger seat, eyes fixed on the screen of his iPod Touch.

It's a game called Pocket Academy. I named one of my students James Bond, haha. Good name, right? And he's really popular, of course. He already has seven friends. Except he just got turned down! Haha! I call my school Sunshine High School because I want it to be a happy place.

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on Nov 9, 2011
by Erin Wilkey Oh
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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 school in New York City. Each day, groups of primarily first- and second-graders visit Levin's computer lab to learn technology skills and digital literacy. In January of 2011, Levin decided to create a unit that used the computer game Minecraft as a teaching and learning tool. Minecraft is a civilization-building game that allows players to explore worlds, collect resources, and build anything they can imagine--both independently and collaboratively.

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on Sep 29, 2011
by Erin Wilkey Oh
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The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the AMD Foundation, and Scholastic collaborated in the creation and release of Level UP!, an online teaching resource that employs video game design as a teaching and learning tool. Level UP! offers STEM and language arts lessons for middle and high school students. Using the free game design platforms Gamestar Mechanic and Activate!, students develop 21st century skills as they create their own games.

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on Sep 23, 2011
by Erin Wilkey Oh

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