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Problem-Based Learning Strategy in E-learning Courses. What is problem-based learning? Problem-based learning is learner-centered learning theory, where the learner learns through the experience of solving a problem. It helps the learner to develop logical thinking and enhance domain knowledge. It is a form of active learning where the learner is encouraged to construct his or her knowledge by dealing with real-life situations to solve. This type of learning makes the learner to develop active problem-solving skills, acquire essential motivation, exchange ideas and at the same time collaborate with others in order to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution.

The sense of collaboration helps learners to identify what they already know, what they need to know, and different ways and methods of arriving at the solution of the problem. To use this type of strategy, we first need to know the principles used for this strategy and its benefits. Here, in this blog, I will discuss a few important aspects of problem-based learning. Active learning: Why Kids Should Make the Video Games They Love to Play | MindShift #edtechbc #cuebc.

When educator Lynn Koresh hears from kids that they want a career doing something with computers, she asks, “To do what with computers?” Adults often encourage kids to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, and computing classes are usually a first stop. But Koresh knows it’s the real-world applications of computational thinking and coding language skills that bring such knowledge to life.

She reasoned that most middle school students are already playing video games and might respond well to a unit on how to design, create, test and promote video games. Along the way, she’s also teaching them about digital citizenship and entrepreneurship. “I wanted to give kids exposure to what it means to have a career using computers,” said Koresh, technology coordinator at Edgewood Campus School in Madison, Wisconsin. She gave students the task of designing a game using Gamestar Mechanic.

It’s a Web tool that helps kids create games. Dive, Dive, Dive Those Mondays Plague Dusters. Excellent Strategy Games to Teach Kids Logical Thinking #edtechbc. July 31, 2015 Strategy games are ideal for helping kids develop logico-mathematical skills that emphasize problem solving and strategic planning. Given the challenging nature of play involved in these games which is based entirely on the decisions and moves players make, strategy games can also enhance kids’ autonomous decision making skills and skillful thinking.

If you are looking for some good educational strategy games to share with your kids, the resources below are great places to start with: 1- Great Games that Teach Strategy This list curated by Common Sense Media features some excellent apps and games that can bolster kids critical thinking and problem solving. 2- Strategy Games for developing logical thinking This resource from NRICH features some very good strategy games accompanied with lessons and tips on how to use them with your kids and students. 3- Strategy Games from Cool Math Games Here is another great collection of strategy games for students. Etiquette for Kids in the Digital Age. Via CyberWise.org Etiquette is a code of behavior that defines expectations for social behavior. Children who grow up without learning this important code may not develop important social relationship skills for interacting with others and are at a greater risk of conflict when interacting with their peers.

Teaching etiquette and manners starts at home. Parents should begin working with their children at an early age teaching basic manners such as asking “please” and saying “thank you.” This basic foundation can be expanded upon by choosing the traits you wish to cultivate in your kids. As the qualities of respect, kindness, honesty, self-esteem and thoughtfulness are built, your child will develop a solid character foundation and life-long survival skills. It’s also important for parents to be good role models as kids are like sponges soaking up everything around them.

Etiquette Guidelines – Behavior when communicating on the Internet also known as Netiquette: Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes #edtechbc. July 10, 2015 Minecraft is an immersive learning environment that has started as a game about creating, exploring and managing resources before it becomes one of the leading educational learning platforms for students.

A few days ago, Microsoft, Minecraft’s parent company, announced the release of a new website, Minecraft for Education, geared towards providing teachers with a forum where they can share their ideas about how they use Minecraft in their teaching. ‘Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design. Minecraft in education is teachers and students inspiring each other to change the way we learn.’ Insights: Create paperless fun interactive lessons, get data on who played, how they performed #edtechbc. Play 2000+ Classic MS-DOS Games (Including Cross Country Canada) Online Or Download For Free #edtechbc.

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Published by Brøderbund Software, Inc. MS-DOS: Oregon Trail Deluxe, The by (1992) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 121 reviews ) Published by Apogee Software, Ltd. Released May 05, 1992 Developed by id Software, Inc. Published by Brøderbund Software, Inc. Released 1989 Developed by Maxis Software Inc. Published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc. Published by Brøderbund Software, Inc. Published by Virgin Games, Inc. Do you teach an IT class? Try A Fun Online Network Security Role-Play Game #edtechbc #cuebc. Code Studio, a free learning tool, allows Courtenay school to teach kids to code. An elementary school in Courtenay, B.C. is teaching kids computer programming code by using a free online learning tool. "I'd love to see every teacher doing it," said Kyle Timms, the principal at Courtenay Elementary School. In 2013, U.K. schools made it mandatory to teach coding to children as young as 5 years old.

The new course is an effort to update the country's computer science curriculum and fill job skills gaps in the growing technology sector. Coding is not currently in the B.C. curriculum, but a new curriculum is in development. Timms said his school's new program started last year when one of the teachers tried out a free online program called Hour of Code with her Grade 4/5 class. "She had a lot of success, the kids were really engaged," said Timms. The following year, the school decided to expand the program, this time using Code Studio, another online tool.

Code Studio also allows kids to work through the lessons at their own pace. PYONKEE: Free iApp for Teaching Kids To Code #edtechbc #cuebc. March 20, 2015 Pyonkee is a powerful iPad app for teaching kids and adults about coding. Pyonkee has been developed from the open source code of the popular coding app Scratch from MIT Media lab. This means that learners can use millions of Scratch projects for reference. Pyonkee provides student friendly programming environment where kids can use it to learn programming through engaging games and activities.

They will also get to program their own games, animations and stories and boost their creative and collaborative skills. Pyonkee’s user interface is optimized for touch interfaces. It also supports pinch out/in display and font scaling for some devices. Sound recorder and camera are also provided for importing your sounds and pictures into the projects. 9 Video Game Heroines to Inspire Your Daughter. Things are getting better for women in film and TV, from Divergent's Tris to Frozen''s supersisters Anna and Elsa. But female characters haven’t fared so well in the video game world, where they're mostly prized for their exaggerated physical features. That’s beginning to change. More and more, video games are featuring strong female characters who are bold, brave, and ready for adventure. And, though it's great for boy gamers to see positive female role models, it's also good for girls, who make up 50 percent of all gamers.

Author, educator, and kid advocate Rosalind Wiseman says that although female video game characters still adhere to traditional beauty standards, they're being given more dimensions. "I was recently reading an article on the top 25 girl characters on a popular gamer site," she says. Another positive trend is the ability to choose your player’s gender. If your kids like video games, you can encourage them to think critically about their heroes and heroines. Free Interactive Tools For Math, LA, Science, Etc Which Can Be Embedded In A Web Page #edtechbc. Okay, so if a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is an animated interactive teaching and learning tool worth?

A million, a trillion, a googol (yup, real world – 10 to the 100th power, not to be confused with “Google”)!? Well, that’s a question that can be debated endlessly, but here one that has a straightforward answer: Is there a source of fun digital interactives for teaching and learning that I can easily use with Interactive White Boards and other digital systems? The answer is “Yes!” Gynzy offers 50 of them for free! Here’s one to these fun interactives to check out for yourself. All I had to do to make this available here was copy and embed the simple code into this web page. Access all 50 free Gynzy Interactives This page from Gynzy offers 50 different free interactives that can be embedded in any web page – it’s really easy to do. These free interactives are mostly for math and language arts. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post.

10 Free Math Games Your Kids Should Be Playing ... YouTube Is Releasing An App For Kids #edtechbc. YouTube Is Releasing An App For Kids by TeachThought Staff Both USA Today and The Verge are reporting that YouTube will be releasing a first-party app for kids at the Kidscreen Summit event on February 23. And at least at the beginning, it’s spurning rival-iOS and going Android-only. It’s not surprising that Google-owned YouTube is releasing an app designed for engagement by those still developing their decision-making skills and capacity for self-restraint.

Among the features are removal of comments, safer search, a way to control viewing time, and even original content for children. We’ve long held that YouTube is one of the best-kept secrets in teaching and learning–in lieu of its ample underbelly. If we loved Smarter Every Day, we’d explode. In fact, there’s so much great content that it’s easy to miss, especially if you already have your mind made up about the “garbage” on YouTube. We’d guess iOS users can expect a version later this summer. Getting Started with Gamification | Teacher Tech #edtechbc. Angry Birds By CUE Member Alice Keeler Gamification – what made me venture into the world of games as a teacher? One day I had a struggling student eagerly bring me his math homework and exclaim, “What is my grade?” Well… the student had not done any homework the whole year, failed every test and one homework assignment was not going change that F grade. All I could do was give the student a weak smile; the student left feeling dejected and unmotivated to do his homework again.

Moments like these have me asking myself how the system can be better to motivate students to learn. If you have ever played an app-based game such as Farmville, Angry Birds, Candy Crush or any other popular game and find yourself thinking about it when you should be doing something else you fully understand the motivating power of games. Many teachers play games in their classroom. Gamification is the application of gaming mechanics to non-game situations. Farmville Example World of Warcraft Example Alice Keeler. Teaching in the Age of Minecraft | The Atlantic #edtechbc. Like many 11-year-olds in Texas, Ethan had to build a model of the Alamo as a school project.

Often, students make their dioramas out of paper mache or popsicle sticks, but Ethan’s teacher gave him permission to build his project in Minecraft, the popular sandbox software game in which players build structures out of blocks. With his dad’s help, Ethan recorded a video tour of his scale model of the fort, complete with explanatory signs, and posted it on YouTube. A few minutes into the tour, it started raining unexpectedly over Ethan’s diorama, but Ethan noted, "This is exactly what happened during the battle of the Alamo—it rained. " To his dad—and, presumably, his teacher—this comment revealed Ethan’s familiarity and knowledge with the subject matter that he might not have had otherwise shown. With more than 18 million downloads to date, Minecraft is the best-selling computer game of all time; the game’s free-form structure has made it popular with kids and adults alike. Will drones take STEM programs to new heights?

Dive Brief: 3D Robotics, which calls itself North America’s largest personal drone company, has started a program offering free and discounted unmanned aircraft and autopilot technology for college and university science, technology, engineering, and math programs. The Berkeley, CA, company will also provide classroom support and promotional opportunities to the higher ed STEM programs using drones. Putting unmanned aircraft in the hands of future innovators will help develop the drone technology for industries, applications, and research opportunities that were previously unheard of. Dive Insight: For 3D Robotics, pushing their product out to STEM programs seems like a smartphone company — in the early days of smartphones — encouraging up-and-coming programmers to develop apps for the platform.

Drones already have been used for bird and habitat protection, site surveying, invasive species protection, and archaeology. Recommended Reading. No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children | MindShift @jaherbel #edtechbc #cuebc. By Matthew Farber Thanks in part to STEM education initiatives and the tech boom, coding in the classroom has become more ubiquitous. Computer programming tasks students to persistently work to solve problems by thinking logically. What’s more, learning how to code is a desired 21st century career skill. There are several digital games designed for kids as young as 5 that turn coding into a fun activity, such as Kodable and Scratch Jr. But some game designers are going further back to programming’s fundamentals by creating physical games that can’t be found in any app store.

One tabletop game is Code Monkey Island. Another board game that captured imaginations, and major crowdfunding on Kickstarter, is Robot Turtles, which teaches basic coding concepts to preschoolers. A child can build cognitive skills by playing Robot Turtles because when a child plays, or “programs,” a card, he or she is applying logic, according to Bill Ritchie, CEO of ThinkFun, which published the game.

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