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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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Game-Based Learning Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of resources for game-based learning on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

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MindShift's Guide to Digital Games and Learning

Download an in-depth guide to games and learning, including relevant research, game selection criteria, and what steps to take to get started -- real-life classroom examples are embedded throughout!

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.

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March Madness in the Classroom?

Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject.

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Exploring the World in Your Class

A collection of games that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees.

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

Leverage your students’ favorite video and board games to unlock what engages them.

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How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.

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Inspiring Young Writers With Minecraft

Using a topic of great interest to students, like a popular video game, is a handy way to get them writing.

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Using Games for Serious Learning in High School

Video games can function as class texts in much the same way that books or movies do. Here are five recent games that are well worth your attention.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Guest blogger Alfred Posamentier, Dean of Mercy College's School of Education, presents nine intrinsic motivation strategies for engaging students in secondary math classes.

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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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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

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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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Games to Teach Financial Literacy

Andrew Miller, Edutopia's resident advocate for game-based learning, teams up with financial literacy expert Brian Page to look at some friendly, engaging options to promote financial literacy among students.

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