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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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Taking Advantage of the Power of Play

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5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

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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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Unlocking Learning Mastery

Blogger Terry Heick (@terryheick on Twitter) compares education to gaming and discovers that, by restoring the missing excitement about learning, there could be a lot more winners.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Game-Based Learning

You can't throw an angry bird these days without hitting someone talking about video games in education. The interwebs are buzzing about the possibilities and potential downsides. VideoAmy has put together a playlist of videos about games for...

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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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Points, Champions, and Leveling Up: A Different Classroom "eXPerience"

The rules and rewards of gaming transform a middle school social studies class into a fun, competitive environment where learning equals winning.

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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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Games in Education: Teacher Takeaways

Matt Farber shares his observations from the Games in Education symposium, where he learned about students as designers, assessment possibilities, and adaptive video games.

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Creative Role-Play Encourages Deeper Science Learning
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Adventures with Dr. Smallz: Creating a Powerful Need to Know

Science teacher Leah Hirsch inspires students' need to know with a microscopic, absent-minded doctor lost in a patient's body who sends the class communiques to help him diagnose and cure.

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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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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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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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