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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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Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom

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How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

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3 Ways to Use Game-Based Learning

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The World Peace Game

John Hunter's fourth-graders use a 4 foot by 4 foot game made of plexiglass to solve the world's problems.

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The Gamification of Education: What School Can Learn from Video Games

Terrell Heick of TeachThought.com leads a guided tour through the evolution of gaming and hints at how students can customize their own educational experience.

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Nerdy Gift Ideas

Blogger Nicholas Provenzano previews five must-have holiday gifts for that special nerd in your life.

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Games for Science Learning and Scientific Discovery

Blogger Audrey Watters looks at two educational games where gamers teach scientists.

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K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy

An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy in this six-part series.

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Play It Forward: New Xbox Games for Learning

Dr. Alex Games (his real name), Education Design Director at Microsoft Studios, describes some new game experiences that bring both augmented reality and embodied learning into the living room.

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Get Your Game On: How to Build Curriculum Units Using the Video Game Model

Blogger Andrew Miller shows educators some specific techniques for building a game structure across different subjects.

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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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Climate Change and Game-Based Learning

To learn about complex systems, students explored the basics of game development for a perspective on the causes and effects of global climate change.

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6 Playful Learning Games at Toy Fair

Whether you're teaching about molecular arrangements or parts of speech, consider using games that put playfulness ahead of content delivery, because that's where mastery happens.

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Reconnecting Adults With Playful Learning

Creativity and self-expression are the keys to helping adults understand how playful learning can enrich the experience of the children in their world.

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Teaching Ethics and Narrative . . . With Violent Video Games?

A Norwegian high school risks - and succeeds at - using violent video games to engage literature and religious studies classes with core material.

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From Brooklyn Castle to Ivory Tower: A Young Chess Master Celebrates Her Teachers

Rochelle Ballantyne, a junior high chess wizard featured in the film 'Brooklyn Castle,' is now an 18-year-old, full-scholarship, Stanford undergrad reflecting on the ways in which her teachers helped her succeed.

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Teach At-Risk Students in Leadership and Language Arts with. . . World of Warcraft?

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley speaks with IT coordinator Lucas Gillispie about his pioneering work with incorporating MMORPGs into the public school curriculum.

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