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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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10 Apps for Math Fluency

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The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning

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Recreational and Educational Value of Math Puzzles

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

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10 Apps for Math Fluency

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The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning

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The Role of Video Games in the English Classroom

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick looks at how video games can function side by side with more traditional texts in the ELA classroom.

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Caine's Arcade & The Global Cardboard Challenge: Celebrating Imagination Around the World

Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick talks about Caine's Arcade and how a nine year old boy with an endless supply of cardboard captured the world's imagination. After such a positive response, the filmmaker is launching a challenge for kids around the world to...

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The GlassLab: A New GBL Initiative

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller speaks with Michael John of the Games Learning and Assessment Lab (GlassLab) about the next wave of Game-Based Learning.

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Stars, Sparkles, and Praise: Motivation in Kids' Apps?

Teacher and education director Carolina Nugent looks at the assumptions and realities about educational apps and software for children.

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48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

Ed tech coach Keith Ferrell provides a list of no less than 48 websites to keep kids and teachers happy, productive and learning all summer.

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Game-Based Learning to Teach and Assess 21st-Century Skills

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers Game-Based Learning by reviewing some of the popular gaming titles with an educator's eye on enhancing the development of 21st century skills.

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Engaging Students with Technology over the Summer

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests a number of ways that tech-savvy teachers can keep their students engaged in academic thinking over summer vacation.

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Financial Literacy: Make the Money "Real"

To make money less of an abstract concept, give students hands-on financial literacy experiences through simulations, games, and real-world entrepreneurial projects.

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Caine's Arcade & The Global Cardboard Challenge: Celebrating Imagination Around the World

Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick talks about Caine's Arcade and how a nine year old boy with an endless supply of cardboard captured the world's imagination. After such a positive response, the filmmaker is launching a challenge for kids around the world to imagine...

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Making Lessons Come Alive in the Classroom with the Xbox Kinect

How one educator uses the popular video game platform to increase student engagement.

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Gaming for Social Good

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber introduces us to the world of gaming for social good.

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James Gee: What Do Video Games Have to Do with Project-Based Learning?

A conversation between John Larmer and David Ross of the Buck Institute about project based learning, video games, and the work of James Paul Gee.

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National Educational Technology Plan: Your Questions Answered

Blogger Audrey Watters demystifies the National Educational Technology Plan & the U.S. DOE answers your top five questions.

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Strategies to Level Up Learning

The platform model of game-based learning resources can help non-gaming teachers vet appropriate classroom games, provide student performance analytics, and include lesson plan ideas.

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