Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher Game-based learning (GBL) is getting a lot press. It is an innovative practice that is working to engage kids in learning important 21st century skills and content. Dr. Judy Willis in a previous post wrote about the neurological benefits and rationale around using games for learning. Gamification Categorization Gamification in a narrow sense is used in a non-game context, is built into the service system, and is aiming at an infinite experience. It does not aim at creating a game but offering a gameful experience.
Grand Theft Childhood? Quick Links for Parents ☛ watch Dr. Olson’s videos for parents • What’s in that video game my child wants? ESRB ■ Gamespot ■ Common Sense Media • How do game ratings work? ESRB • How do I use the parental controls to limit what (or when) my kid plays? iPad As.... iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with..... Paul Ford: What is Code? A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one. Tick, check if the result is zero, and if it is, go to some other box and follow a new set of instructions. You, using a pen and paper, can do anything a computer can; you just can’t do those things billions of times per second.
The nine golden rules of using games in the language classroom I think you might want to download these activities so you can use them later… so here’s a handy PDF file of this blog post! I’ve long been an admirer of the use of games in teaching. Indeed, one of my most popular posts ever here on the Teach them English blog is the rather misleadingly titled ‘Why I don’t use games in the language classroom’ which, if you’ve got a spare ten minutes, gives you as good a background into the role of games in the language classroom as you’ll ever need (no need for me to be modest!). Games remain a fundamental part of my teaching as they can be used to liven up lessons, while also creating a relaxed learning atmosphere where learners feel confident to practice new language skills. The importance of games cannot be understated in the role they play in providing alternative ways of learning or showing that you can recall what has been learned. 1.
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Productivity Tips - Google Apps for the iPad Productivity Tips To increase efficiency, it helps to add any commonly-accessed websites, such as the Google eBookstore or Google Docs, to the home screen as a bookmark. This allows the shortcut to show up as an app icon, taking users directly where they need to go. To do this, tap the share button at the top of the screen and choose Add to Home Screen. In addition, many third-party apps and software are available to maximize productivity and make tasks simpler for you and your students. Some include: Chip for Raspberry Pi by Soldering Sunday Chip and his friends, The Pixel Pals, live on Planet M and they are makers. Through their adventures, they learn about different materials and technologies, solve problems, and explore new ideas. 184 very special people helped bring Chip for Arduino to life through Kickstarter and now Chip is here to start a new adventure on the Raspberry PI - and he needs your help. Many electronic kits do not offer anything more than a battery and a LED. Once completed, those kits end up in a drawer, never to be used again.
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. zombpocalypse- Rosehill Secondary College has been overrun by slow, smelly, brain-dead beings that can only make grunting-moaning noises, no it isn’t the students out on recess, it is….dun….dun….dar….THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! It all started when teachers started noticing that there were more BRAINDEAD people around than usual, it was like a RESIDENT EVIL had taken root at Rosehill. Then, 28 DAYS LATER there were WALKING DEAD beings everywhere, it was a real ZOMBIELAND. Then the fearless science and maths teachers came to the rescue to save Rosehill from becoming a LAND OF THE DEAD. By hypothesising and using a disturbing form of algebra that is usually illegal, they had Rosehill clear of zombies 28 WEEKS LATER. Unfortunately, one NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, they made a tremendous error in their experimental design to create a cure.