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Microsoft replacing MinecraftEDU with new education edition. A new education experience is coming to Minecraft Starting this summer, classrooms hooked on MinecraftEDU will be given the option of migrating to a new education-focused Minecraft title, recently announced by Microsoft who has acquired the rights to MinecraftEDU from Teacher Gaming, a Finnish company.

Microsoft replacing MinecraftEDU with new education edition

The rebranded title, called Minecraft: Education Edition, will launch as a free trial this summer, and all MinecraftEDU subscribers will receive a yearlong subscription to the new game (they can also continue to use MinecraftEDU). In the meantime, Microsoft is reworking and expanding the new education edition especially for classrooms. In a statement, Microsoft alluded to working on a “transition plan” with Teacher Gaming, but said that further details — including if and when MinecraftEDU would be absorbed into the new title — would be worked out in the coming months. Like Minecraft? Try these 7 engaging world builders, too. Eco, Oort Online, and a host of virtual worlds to keep students busy, and learning With the popular explosion of Minecraft among middle schoolers and beyond, it’s worth noting that it isn’t the only open world virtual environment with educational value.

Like Minecraft? Try these 7 engaging world builders, too

Nor is it always the most ideal game for teaching every concept, leading other games to pick up the slack. Game-Based Learning. School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Working Hard at Play. By Gwendolyn F.M.

School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Working Hard at Play

Kestrel Many educators acknowledge the learning potential of out-of-school literacies. Here, I'd like to discuss the merits of roleplaying games (RPGs). The genre is very broad with games such as Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu, Lord of the Rings, and Stargate SG-1 produced by a variety of companies. The oldest formal roleplaying game is Dungeons & Dragons® which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, in 2004. What is a Roleplaying Game? Here, I'm using the term roleplaying game (RPG) as it is customarily used in the hobby game industry.

Porchester Junior - School Website:Based on the game... Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture? A screenshot from the Posterlet game: choosing negative or positive feedback.

Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture?

Imagine you’re playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You’re fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off? Then, animal characters — maybe a panda or an ostrich — offer feedback on your design. You can choose whether to hear a compliment or a complaint: “The words are overlapping too much,” or, “I like that you put in the dates.” You can use their critiques as guides to help you revise your poster. This little Web-based game isn’t just a game. “In our assessments we make little fun games, and to do well at the games you need to learn something,” says Dan Schwartz, the director of the AAA Lab at Stanford University. Computers & Education - Reviewing the need for gaming in education to accommodate the net generation. The ABC's of ARGs: Alternate Reality Games for Learning. You're a wine salesperson and have just been assigned to a new territory—the Roots Hotel.

The ABC's of ARGs: Alternate Reality Games for Learning

There are four potential customers within the hotel: a fine dining restaurant, a casual restaurant, a bar, and the hotel catering service. Each customer has different menus, clientele, price points, and of course, their own unique personalities and biases. You need to know your product portfolio inside and out and determine which of your wines would be best to position for each of these four customers. This may appear to be a typical challenge for a wine salesperson, and you'd be correct. It was also the plot of Constellation Academy of Wine's alternate reality game (ARG) for learning, Que Syrah Syrah. The Art of Storytelling ARGs are games that are driven by storyline and typically supported through some type of online game portal that manages the game. Gaming advances as a learning tool. For some educators, computer games are serious business From eSchool News staff and wire service reports Read more by staff and wire services reports January 18th, 2007 Educators increasingly are using sophisticated computer games to snag and hold the interest of the “digital natives” in their classrooms, but some teachers have trouble accepting the educational value of making learning fun.

Gaming advances as a learning tool

What Makes a Good Learning Game? After developing more than 30 learning games I can safely say that it is definitely not an easy task.

What Makes a Good Learning Game?

Developing good learning games requires constant attention to opposing factors, which only through creativity can truly be made to smoothly work together. Since the inception of computer games, there has been learning games. In the early years, games were used to demonstrate the potential benefits of computers. A Brief History Of Video Games In Education. While there has been a surge in the acceptance and prevalence of game-based learning in schools over the past decade, especially in light of the success of programs like Khan Academy, playing games in the classroom is nothing new.

A Brief History Of Video Games In Education

Educational games have been a commonplace part of the K-12 experience since the beginning of the 1980s (and in some places well before that), with early titles introducing students to fundamental math, history, and problem solving concepts just as games do today. While the graphics may not have been great, the games helped to engage a generation of kids with technology and laid a solid foundation for the educational games that were to come. Things have changed a lot since then, but one thing has remained the same: the best educational games aren’t just tools for teaching.

The Instructional Design of an Educational Game: Form and Function ... pdf free download. A Literature Review of Gaming in Gaming - Lit_Review_of_Gaming_in_Education.pdf. Digital Gaming Goes Academic. Mobile apps, gaming top students’ school wish lists - eClassroom News. Classroom management software, e-learning solutions growing in popularity Three-quarters of schools in a recent survey say they currently use or plan to use e-learning software, and two-thirds of teachers and staff say they currently use or plan to use classroom management software.

Mobile apps, gaming top students’ school wish lists - eClassroom News

Educators were surveyed for The Changing Classroom: Perspectives from Students and Educators on the Role of Technology study, from information technology trade association CompTIA. “These tools facilitate online homework, accommodate students out for extended sick periods and make online collaboration between students and teachers easier,” said Carolyn April, senior director, industry analysis, CompTIA. “In many ways the education process is mirroring the way corporate America functions: remote access capabilities, teacher and student mobility and a 24/7 availability environment.”

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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

PAX East 2013: How video games can save education. Quick! Choose the statement that best describes your high school education: A) School prepared me perfectly for everything I would experience once I got out into the real world. B) I feel that high school had one or two useful things to offer but otherwise was pretty useless. C) I feel that high school was completely pointless and had no bearing on my life today.

If you picked B or C, you're in good company, based on the audience panel on games and education at this year's PAX East. Games: The new learning experience. As gaming technology evolves, the educational implications are almost endless. Using games to measure student skills.