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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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An Alternative to Kahoot for In-Class Review

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Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

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The Educational Potential of Pokémon Go

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Exploring the World in Your Class

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What’s a Gamer Brain and How Can We Harness It in Class?

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Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

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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.

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Imagine This: Creative Play and 21st-Century Learning

Reimagine learning through play, whether children or students are building with recycled materials, playing social justice or health-themed games, or growing their own garden.

7 524 7,672 views
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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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How to Celebrate Pi Day in Your Classroom

Just in time for Pi Day, here's a resource for games, videos, and information to help your students have fun with this amazing mathematical concept.

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Game Face On: Gamification for Engaging Teachers in PD

By gamifying their school's PD, two educators motivated and engaged their faculty to master the challenges of learning how to teach in a 1:1 environment.

3 445 1,237 views
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It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again . . . Even for Adults

Bring professional development events to life with Interactive Learning Challenges, which merge collaboration, interactivity, and problem solving in a hands-on environment for learning technology.

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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.

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Game-Based Learning in Practice

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber shows what game-based learning looks like in practice when applied to middle school classrooms.

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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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Recreational and Educational Value of Math Puzzles

NASA scientist and math educator Deepak Kulkarni, Ph.D. looks at the recreational and educational value of math puzzles, with a special focus on the algebraic teaching potential of OkiDoku.

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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?

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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.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Creating (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 6)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for evaluating Evaluation are reviewed in this fourth post of a six-part series.

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