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Maria's blog: Learn with Passion KEY... Keep Educating Yourself When I was invited by Shelly Sanchez Terrell to participate in the The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators I thought about the tittle "Learn with Passion" but not from the students' point of view but... from the teachers' point of view. Why? Because we always think about students and never about us! Bartle's Taxonomy of Player Types (And Why It Doesn't Apply to Everything) Richard Bartle co-created MUD (Multi-User Dungeon), the text-based precursor to today's MMORPGs, while studying at Essex University. He ended up formulating the theory that all MUD players could be broken down into four main types: killers, achievers, explorers, and socializers. This theory has since been used in all sorts of game design situations where it doesn't apply - let's look at what exactly it does tell us. MUD is a text-based adventure game (no graphics at all, only text) that had the then-unique attribute of being able to be played alongside other human players. It was one of the first online persistent worlds created, and you can still grab a MUD client today, connect to a server and play.

The Best Free Stock Image Resources on the Web Update – we launched Pablo a new tool to create beautiful images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds You can use Pablo right from the get-go, no need to login or create an account. Just quickly create amazing images super fast. You can try out the first version of Pablo right now – no login required. Just head to and give it a try! We’d love to hear your thoughts about Pablo on Twitter, just hit us up @buffer and hope it makes creating images for your social media posts much easier for you.

Team identifies hidden clues to ancient supercontinents, confirms Pannotia An Ohio University geologist who first proposed the now-accepted supercontinent cycle theory in the 1980s has rallied to the cause of one of those supercontinents, Pannotia, that is in danger of being overlooked. Dr. Damian Nance, Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, said the supercontinent cycle is known to have had a profound influence on the course of Earth history and the evolution of its oceans, atmosphere and biosphere, and is now thought to be, in addition, the dominant influence on the circulation of the Earth's mantle, even fundamentally affecting the behavior of Earth's magnetic field. "We now know a whole lot more about what's going on between the surface and the Earth's core," Nance said. "It seems quite clear now that the supercontinent cycle plays an enormous role in the circulation of the material in the earth's mantle, and that has an impact on the Earth's magnetic field. It's taken the implications of the cycle to a whole new level.

Book Creator 4.3: What have we improved? The latest update to Book Creator is now in the App Store with support for sharing audio, video, image and text straight into Book Creator from other apps. Sharing works from Google Drive, Dropbox, the Photos app, iMovie and more. Previously, you had to save any photo or video to the iPad Camera Roll first – now you can do it directly. What’s more, you couldn’t share audio tracks at all before, without exporting them to a computer with iTunes. Game based learning & Gamification Lots people want to get started with game based learning, gamification and serious games in their training. We’ve been curating game related content for over a year and a half while conducting our own research and case studies. Here are 100 articles related to games and learning. Some of them are research-based, while others just offer an interesting perspective to spark discussion. Take what you need and share this with a colleague. Game Based Learning Mobile Games for Adult Learning: What’s the Appeal?

The Influence of YouTube-Gaming-Content on the Community The gaming industry is like a constantly evolving organism. The different publishers as well as developer studios today are inspired by new ideas of their competitors and, with that, morph the whole gaming industry into one trending topic at a time. The most recent example is the sheer amount of upcoming Zombie/Survival games after the launch of the DayZ-Mod. Presentation Design Tips - How to Make Text Look Exciting by Adam Noar When you are creating a PowerPoint presentation and want it to look as snazzy as possible, there is a lot you can do to make your slides shine with the brightness and glory of a thousand suns. You can add beautiful background textures, have perfectly complimentary fonts, or avoid the hassle of doing it yourself and just buy a ready-made template from the get-go. Even so, if you are not careful your text can look boring. Another way to make your presentation slides look spiffy (and certainly not boring) is to change up the way you add text to a picture. Here are ten clever and easy to implement presentation design tips for mixing up your text display and maximizing your PowerPoint potential.

Gamification: Creating a Level Up for Your Students - Teacher Tech If you have thought about adding an element of gamification to your classroom, having students level up might be fun to do. How do you do this….. The answer is always a spreadsheet In Google Drive ( create a new Google Sheets. In the bottom left of Google Sheets is a plus icon to add a tab. Add a 2nd tab. Book Creator 5.1: Publish and read your books online - Book Creator app Options for reading on the web What about privacy? It’s super important, and we’ve baked it right into Book Creator. Firstly, students cannot publish their own books. Badges, Do We Need Them? #3dgamelab Not sure, jury’s still out on that one for me. In my brief, 22 year career, I’ve tried incentives such as grades, stickers, beans in a jar, lotto tickets, class money, awards all the way to abolishing all of those, even the grades. The change to no rewards and punishments worked, but not as well as I imagined. I still wasn’t reaching all my students. So I tried gamification.

Gamer communities: the positive side "How does anybody find friends? In the traditional community, we search through our pool of neighbours and professional colleagues, of acquaintances and acquaintances of acquaintances, in order to find people who share our values and interests. We exchange information about one another, disclose and discuss our mutual interests, and sometimes we become friends. In a virtual community we can go directly to the place where are favourite subjects are being discussed, then get acquainted with people who share our passions or who use words in a way we find attractive. Your chances of making friends are magnified by orders of magnitude over the old methods of finding a peer group."

Trading Card: Turn your photos into trading cards! Tons of fun stuff... Give one of our toys a spin! Trading Card, Mosaic Maker, Bead Art, Framer, Pocket Album, Color Palette Generator, Map Maker, Jigsaw, Cube, Magazine Cover, Movie Poster, Motivator, FX, Hockneyizer, Photobooth, Calendar, Billboard, Mat, Badge Maker, Pop Art Poster, Wallpaper, CD Cover, Lolcat Generator, I know, right? It's a lot to take in. Go slow. Creating Badges with Google Sheets - Teacher Tech Thinking about adding badges to your class? There are many ways to award students badges including using Class Badges. If you would like to organize your own badges here is a system you may want to try that uses Google Sheets.

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