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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

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.

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.

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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Lessons from the Field: Teaching Foundational Life Skills Through Baseball

Kevin Christofora, President of the Woodstock Little League, makes a clear case for how the game of baseball is an opportunity for teaching children a number of foundational life skills.

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Gamifying Student Engagement

Social studies teacher and ed tech adjunct Matthew Farber outlines the basics of gamification and suggests how they can be used to engage students in a game-centric world.

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Game Jam Your Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explains what a game jam is and how you can use it to teach and assess 21st century skills, focus on deeper learning, and present content.

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Games and the Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other

Milton Chen, Senior Fellow with GLEF, suggests that the game-based learning and Common Core movements could be mutually beneficial to one another.

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Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
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Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

University of Wisconsin game-based learning scholar Constance Steinkuehler talks about her research on online video games and literacy, and how learning skyrockets when students are passionate about the subject matter.

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How Fourth Graders Are Achieving World Peace

Author and global ed adviser Homa Tavangar reflects on 4th grade teacher John Hunter's new book about his 30 years of teaching the World Peace Game.

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Gamestar Mechanic: Gamification Made Easy

Andrew Proto, middle school English teacher and former technology instructor, talks about how Gamestar Mechanic can serve as a cool student engagement tool.

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Kinect in the Classroom

PBL and game based learning expert Andrew Miller shares some benefits of using the Microsoft Kinect game in the classroom, as well as some tips and resources for building lessons.

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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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Why Serious Games Are Not Chocolate-Covered Broccoli

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber talks about what Serious Gaming is (and isn't), who develops and promotes these amusing activities based on real-world concerns, and why we want our students to play them.

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Online Math Games Balance Challenge with Mastery Learning
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Mixing it Up with Mangahigh: Using Games to Differentiate Instruction

Guest blogger Kristof Mueller, a teacher at Quest to Learn, uses the online math game site Mangahigh to illustrate three tips for differentiated instruction: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and the Goldilocks Principle of 'just right.'

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Build Reading and Writing Skills with Music

Blogger and author Jeffrey Pflaum explains how his system of musical writing prompts is related to his approach of helping students visualize while reading -- and appreciate and practice creative use of language.

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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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Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games (Is School Enough? Series)
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Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games

Texas 10-year-old Rhys uses Gamestar Mechanic to program and create worlds to play in, learning valuable skills in science, technology, engineering, and math along the way.

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