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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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In the background, a lot of young students are playing outside on cement, closed in by their surrounding classrooms. At the forefront, five students are sitting around a small rectangular table with their elbows on the table and their hands raised, smilin
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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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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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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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Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities.

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A young girl is sitting at a table in a classroom, working on a tablet.
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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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How Games Can Extend Learning After the Bell

Games can provide ideal conditions for informal learning. Strong, immersive engagement means that students may not require (or desire) a classroom setting for learning.

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Level-Up With 5 High School Novels About Games

For game-obsessed ELA students, consider game-centered novels like Through the Looking Glass, Ender's Game, Ready Player One, Lucky Wander Boy, and The Glass Bead Game.

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Game controller attached to a blackboard
Article

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.

38 644 34,633 views
Article

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 . . .

16 173 32,639 views
Using Games for Classroom Assessment
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Using Games for Assessment

While assessment is built into some games, teachers can assess learning after gameplay by having students create a mod or strategy guide, or develop game scenarios.

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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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Coding for Kids Revisited

Learn about six new or improved resources designed especially to help elementary school students learn and develop coding skills.

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The Sound of Learning: Albano Berberi
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The Sound of Learning: Albano Berberi

Assistive technology helps a blind computer science student and devoted gamer pursue his passions.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

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