Game based approaches to programming
Just Starting to pull together some sites relating to students programming with a games focus May 12
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Computer Programming Tools in Schools (CPTS) is a multi-language curriculum that uses Scratch , StarLogo TNG , and Etoys to teach fundamental computer science concepts and programming skills in the context of homeland security-relevant topics including food safety and risk models. These three tools are beginner-friendly programming tools developed by different labs at MIT and University of Illinois but share a drag-and-drop graphical interface. The CPTS curriculum is designed for use in an introductory course for middle or high school students with no prior programming experience, with the goal of engaging students' interest in computer science and preparing them for further studies in this and related fields.
So much of the world’s problems are blamed on video games that it would be hard to imagine there could be anything good about having our children spend hours staring at a screen and plotting and strategizing about how to reach the next level of Super Mario Brothers. But according to the research outlined in Marc Prensky’s book, “Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning!”, games are NOT the enemy! All of the time that kids spend learning how to play a new game, ultimately, they are building the very skills we hope they will hone by the time they reach adulthood. In his research, Prensky identified 5 levels of learning that game players undergo, all skills that will be useful in the real world. Learning how a game works, including its rules and constraints, developing a strategy, accepting the context of the game, and making values-based decisions within the game, are helpful skills when playing a game OR solving a global issue!
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Culture 7 talks on the benefits of gaming This weekend, hundreds of video games enthusiasts lined up in the cold, waiting 12 hours-plus to be the first to get their hands on Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U. And when the game Call of Duty: Black Ops was released in 2010, gamers around the world played it for more than 600 million hours in ... TED.com video exists to celebrate great speakers, thinkers, doers — people with ideas that are passionately held and clearly put.
“I don’t know if it’s an addiction, but he’s just glued to it. I think most parents are concerned about it. It’s the same with my daughter with her laptop computer in her room; instead of using the telephone, she’s on that, and I can’t be watching the both of them all the time to see if they’re talking to strangers, or to see if someone is getting killed in the other room on the PlayStation. It's just nerve-wracking!” --A Massachusetts mother of twins <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>