Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last Thursday was the last day of our second trimester at school, and therefore the end of my second opportunity in 2019-20 to teach Digital and Media Literacy to 5th and 6th Graders. As classroom teachers, one of the things we quickly learn is how different the dynamics of separate classes can be based on the composition of students, their personalities, and the ways in which students interact and sometimes “play off of” each other. In this post, I’d like…

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‘I was always told I was unusual’: why so few women design video games | Education

There’s a stereotype that women don’t play video games, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The numbers don’t lie: 52% of gamers were female in the UK’s last major study in 2014. But if we look at the proportion of female workers in the games industry, it’s just 28% in the UK, and roughly 20% worldwide. If so many women are playing games, why are so few making them? The problem lies in the feedback loop of under-representation…

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How to Create Sorting & Matching Games – Education Article

Last week I showed a group of teachers how to use the MIT App Inventor. One asked me if it could be used to create a memory game. It certainly could be used to make a memory game. In fact, I have a student who is working on doing that right now. It’s a great exercise through which she’s learning about all of the variables and parts of the app that need to be designed. If you’re a little more…

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How To Use Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom – Education Article

If you’ve thought about using gameplay in your classroom, there is a fantastic new book on the topic! Earlier this year at the annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, I snagged a copy of an excellent new book. It’s titled Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay. It provides actionable information for educators interested in gamification and game-based learning. After meeting Cate Tolnai at Adobe Education’s office this summer, I knew I had to share Power Up Your Classroom on the…

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Deep diving into strange worlds – Education Article

2017 was a whirlwind for me. I started a new job in a new sector, made loads of new friends there, learned heaps, and finished said job 10 months later before starting another one back in financial services. I haven’t had much of a chance to scratch myself! As a consequence, I haven’t blogged as frequently this year as I have done in previous years. However, while my posts may have been fewer, I dove deeper into a couple of…

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20 real-world examples of Augmented Reality – Education Article

The 2019 instalment of Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week kicks off next month. For a couple of previous VR WOL Weeks I’ve collated lists of the examples that the participants unearthed – see 20 real-world examples of Virtual Reality and 25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality. This time however I’ve decided to do something different. I’ve decided to focus my attention on Augmented Reality. As with VR, there’s plenty of talk out there about how wonderful AR is…

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Video games can turn university graduates into better employees | Matthew Barr | Education

In recent years, Boris Johnson has excelled at making ignorant pronouncements and illiterate blunders. From offensive remarks on burqas to reciting Kipling in Myanmar and his ludicrous statements on Brexit, Johnson has perfected the art of getting it wrong. It feels like he’s managed to offend just about everyone. For video game educators like myself, that moment arrived way back in 2006, when Johnson attacked video games as a learning tool. “They [young people] become like blinking lizards, motionless, absorbed,…

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11 of the Most Popular Video Games for Kids and Young Gamers – Education Article

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25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality – Education Article

A couple of years ago I started up Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week to promote real-world applications of virtual reality. The inaugural #VRwolweek unearthed 20 real-world examples of the emerging technology, and the enduring popularity of that blog post tells me that we are hungry for more. Loath to disappoint, I hereby present 25 more real-world examples of virtual reality, drawn from this year’s and last year’s events. I thank everyone who contributed to the following list. Kicking off…

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Gimkit – Mix Things up with a Great New Review Game – Education Article

Everyone Loves Review Games You can never have too many options for review games. Mixing things up keeps things fresh. I’m happy to add another tool to my Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet Live, Flippity rotation. Gimkit Gimkit (Gimkit.com) was made by a group of high school students from Seattle, My first impression is that they combined the look of Kahoot with the play of Quizizz, then took it to another level with some serious gamification. Create Classes Classes allow teachers to control…

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