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Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I'm curious about the role of

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I'm curious about the role of the teacher while kids are playing. What do you imagine the teacher doing- observing, asking questions, gather data, etc? I'm a big fan of facilitative instruction and this seems like a great opportunity for teachers to step into that role!

Wow, I'm so glad that you

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Wow, I'm so glad that you posted this! I've heard so many teacher shy away from game based & project based learning because either they didn't know where to start or didn't think they had the time.

What are your thoughts on the status of teacher education & teaching teachers these approaches on a mass scale?

6th and 7th grade Humanities teacher at an international school

Using Minecraft

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Here's what I've been doing using the popular game "Minecraft":
http://youtu.be/K5Recp9xpYY

And here's an interesting project that takes game mechanics in the classroom to a whole new level:
http://classrealm.com/blog/about-classrealm/

Grade 5 Teacher

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I find myself more interested in the curriculum and trying to implement the outcomes as a lesson designer. If the students are having fun and learning at the same time, it's a win/win.
Thanks for the article...I'm still working on a couple scenarios but I think I have a few kids hooked on the game I've started. OK....back to work.

ninth and twelfth grade literature teacher from Phila. PA

Wow

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You've got my head spinning. I have no idea...YET...on how to do this with my discipline BUT I am really turned on by the challenge and potential fun. These type of conversations and experiments is what keeps me coming back to teaching year after year...thanks a bunch!

Educational Consultant and Online Educator

Looking for GBL Lessons

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I'm looking for ideas for my open source GBL database. Please submit. Credit given!
http://www.andrewkmiller.com/gbl-lessons/submit-gbl-lessons/

USA Science & Engineering Festival K-12 Outreach coordinator

KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST

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we are looking for innovative entries, including video demos of student created games that center around the theme "Save the world through science and engineering"

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2012festival/contests/kavli-video-contest

Educational Consultant and Online Educator

Thank you for your comment

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Thank you for your comment Jane. I appreciate you pushing the conversation along. Interestingly enough, I'm working on a blog about DI and GBL, so your idea is exactly what I had in mind.

Researcher, Education Informatics at University of Arizona, Tucson

Interest curves

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I've been reading a lot about game design and two things that came out that could enhance your model here: 1. plan the unit with an interest curve: what can you do to capture their attention at the beginning and continue to build rather than extinguish it throughout - this can be as simple as the organization of your quests - sometimes a different order can make all the difference. There will still be peaks and valleys, but the overall interest should increase. 2. One appeal of game based learning is that when we play games, we're not given explicit instructions and directions on how to "win". Perhaps we need to consider alternate routes of getting a the class to the enduring understandings, thus allowing for differentiation?

Educational Consultant and Online Educator

Thank You!

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Jeff, thank you for your comment. I would love to see what you have developed. Please email me! I'm glad to see that you have made it work and I agree with you comments about time. Yes, it takes a lot of work and time to prepare and to arm stakeholders

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