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Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How. | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "As anyone who's ever spent hours hunched over Candy Crush can attest, there's something special about games. Sure they're fun, but they can also be absorbing, frustrating, challenging and complex. Research has shown our brains are "wired for pleasure," and that games are an effective way to learn because they simulate adventure and keep our brains engaged and happy. But what exactly do we learn from them? In an era consumed with teaching 21st-century soft skills, are games any good at building critical thinking or collaboration skills? The answer is likely yes, but, much like games themselves, it's complicated. "What you'll find from the research is that it's very much dependent on, 'under certain types of conditions, certain types of skills seem to be developed,'" explains game designer and theorist Katie Salen, a former executive director at the nonprofit Institute of Play. "I never want to make claims that games writ-large for any kid-under any circumstances-teach these sort of skills.""
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Free Technology for Teachers: Factitious - A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake ... - 0 views

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    "Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University's School of Communication. I learned about the game last month when Larry Ferlazzo featured it and I have since shared it in a couple of professional development workshops. It was a hit in both workshops in which I shared it with teachers."
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Play to Learn - Digital Promise Global - 2 views

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    "Objective: Students will engage all of the design and communication skills they have developed by inventing a game that teaches the player something new. Tools/Materials Required: As needed Depth of Knowledge: Extended Thinking Teacher's notes are in purple. For the student's version, see Play to Learn Student Guide."
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factitious - 1 views

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    An online game that tessts your news smarts.
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Generic Game Board - ResearchParent.com - 3 views

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    "Have you ever thought, "If I could just turn this into a GAME, my kid would learn it no problem." Kids are like that, aren't they? Ask them to clean their rooms and they'll fall on the floor at the injustice of it all. Turn it into a game and they'll be transformed into little cleaning machines. (Sorry, this game board will not help your kids clean their rooms.) I've been wanting to make a generic, re-usable, board game for awhile now. I have definite plans for what I want to do with it. (Stay tuned for some upcoming math games.) However, if you have your own ideas, this free, printable, hand drawn, game board will work just as well."
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Video Game Design with Elementary Learners | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all - I mean all - of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design."
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Free Technology for Teachers: Jeopardy Rocks Now As Factile - Jeopardy & Flashcards - 1 views

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    "A couple of years ago I featured Jeopardy Rocks. Recently, Jeopardy Rocks changed its name to Factile and added some more features. At its core Factile is a free platform for creating Jeopardy-style game boards to use in your classroom. Factile lets you create games and save them in your account to use whenever you need them. When you create your game you can include images in the answer display. One of the new features is a gallery of templates for creating games. You can browse the template gallery and make copies of the ones that you want to use in your classroom."
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6 Creative Ways to Use the new Jumble Feature on Kahoot - teachingwithipad.org - 1 views

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    "Many of you are already playing Kahoot, a wildly popular assessment game using any device plus a projector in your classroom. I wrote this post two (!) years ago about how all students would love Kahoot. There are now over 13.9 MILLION public Kahoots created! Very recently, the makers of Kahoot have recently come up with another game within Kahoot called Jumble."
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