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Game-Based Learning

Get tips, techniques, and tools that apply the principles of game design to the learning process -- a dynamic way to engage learners and help educators assess learning.

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Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom

A teacher shares how she gamified classroom learning (including turning assignments into quests, and encouraging students to mod them), along with what worked and what didn't.

A Guide to Game-Based Learning

A quick look at game modalities can help you approach game-based learning via single- or multiplayer, one-time or persistent, game or simulation . . .

Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

Improve your grasp of instructional design by looking at five game design dynamics and applying them to how you build curriculum and run your class.

Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources

Edutopia's Made With Play series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms -- and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice.

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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on using video games, simulations, and gaming concepts in the classroom.

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Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers

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10 Apps for Math Fluency

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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

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Interactive Fiction in the Classroom

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Big Thinkers on Education

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Game-Based Learning Brings the History of Civilization to Life
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Historia: Game-Based Learning for Middle School History

Middle school students learn social studies through Historia, a paper-based simulation game that incorporates a world cultures curriculum aligned to state standards.

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Civic Mirror: Simulated Nation Building for Middle Schoolers

Guest blogger Aaron Kaio describes his middle school students' experience with Civic Mirror, an online program that has creatively engaged them in learning about government, law, economics and citizenship.

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Constant Challenges Push Students to Strive for Success
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Challenge Is Constant: The Caterpillar Game and Real-World Math

Guest blogger Alicia Iannucci, a math teacher at Quest to Learn, explains Caterpillar, a game she developed to teach her sixth graders about probability and statistics, as well as the fun real-world skill of game modding.

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Using Minecraft as an Educational Tool
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The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning

Guest blogger Dan Bloom describes how he used Minecraft to reimagine one of his ninth grade biology labs, and offers four steps toward incorporating the game into any curriculum.

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In India, a School that Empowers Students and Teachers

What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk taking?

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Reframing Failure as Iteration Allows Students to Thrive
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Boss Level: Collaborative Student-Led Learning at Quest to Learn

Rachelle Vallon, Guidance Counselor and Wellness Coordinator at NYC's Quest to Learn school, describes the how the Boss Level design challenge incorporates SEL and 21st century skills.

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Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources

Resources by Topic: Game-Like Learning Principles Commercial Games in the Classroom Other Edutopia Resources on GBL

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James Paul Gee on Learning with Video Games
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James Paul Gee on Learning With Video Games

The gaming expert shares insights into why video games are such effective learning tools.

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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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Big Bucks, No Whammies: Classroom Management via TV Game Shows?

TV game shows and teaching have a lot in common. Both rely on positive reinforcement, encouraging students to make choices, and establishing familiar routines.

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Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series)
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Kurt Squire on Civic Engagement Through Digital Games (Big Thinkers Series)

Game-based learning scholar Kurt Squire explores how to leverage young people's interest in social networks, gaming, and new forms of media to foster deeper connections to civic and political life and greater youth involvement in the community.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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Badges and the Common Core

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber proposes integrating gamers' badges as an assessment and motivational model for teaching the Common Core.

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Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
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Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Katie Salen, executive director of nonprofit design studio Institute of Play, offers a look inside the ground-breaking school in New York City that she co-founded, Quest to Learn. The school uses core principles of game design as a framework to help students...

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