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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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Don't Forget to Play!

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Adventures with Dr. Smallz: Creating a Powerful Need to Know

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It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again . . . Even for Adults

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Adventures with Dr. Smallz: Creating a Powerful Need to Know

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

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Don't Forget to Play!

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Games in the Mathematics Classrooms: There’s an App for That!

Educational app developer and guest blogger Patrick Feeney looks at what makes a good math gaming app and lists some of his favorite puzzles that engage students while teaching them effectively.

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3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning

Guest blogger Douglas Kiang, computer science teacher and edtech advocate, shows how the Inform7 language, the Minecraft game and the Maker-friendly Arduino kit can enhance learning in high school, middle school and elementary school classrooms.

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Improving How We Review Edtech: 3 Case Studies

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis looks at three edtech product review sites – EdSurge, ClassroomWindow and CommonSense Media – and compares their usefulness in providing teachers with a comprehensive picture of how to find the best available tools.

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Sports for the Mind: From PlayStation to Active Learning

Guest blogger Junaid Khan of ChicagoQuest school presents the PlayStation game LittleBigPlanet 2 as a rich source of creative and collaborative learning opportunities, and gives us four tips to maximize learning and assessment.

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Game-Based Storytelling

Blogger Matthew Farber looks at video games as narratives, defines some game development terms, and suggests a range of tools and activities for students to tell their own stories through the gaming medium.

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Revolution, Responsibility, and Football: Teaching Financial Literacy to Middle Schoolers

In the second installment of this series, guest blogger Brian Page offers three more financial literacy resources, this time focusing on an educational site and two online games to engage middle schoolers in understanding personal finances.

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Gamification in Education

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. As of this blog, they've come up with six essential elements, but their task is far from complete.

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History, Empathy, Systems Thinking, and Gaming

One teacher used a unique social deduction game to build a unit on the Salem Witch Trials that also taught students empathy and systems thinking.  

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Interactive Fiction in the Classroom

As a classroom tool, interactive fiction sharpens close reading and writing, and logical and critical thinking. It also reinforces systems and design thinking skills.

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Rubik to the Rescue: The Rubik’s Cube Engages Students in East Harlem

A fascinating 3D puzzle from the '70s breathes life into an inner city high school as kids turn algorithms into a competitive sport.

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3 Ways to Use Game-Based Learning

There are several strategies for gamifying your classwork, and they’re not mutually exclusive—you can combine them.

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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

An interactive storytelling tool called Twine hooks students into deeper learning through the empathy of creating a choice-filled historical narrative with multiple outcomes.

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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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Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, fresh from the ISTE conference, shares a few ideas about working with the latest tools for game-based learning.

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