Game Based Learning in Action

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Game-based learning might not be what you think. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games , talks about how to use games in the classroom effectively. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating. Game-Based Learning in Action. There’s game-based learning.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

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In the gaming world, perseverance, problem solving, and creativity are the keys to success. There is no such thing as failing in a digital game. Like gaming, learning math requires grit and persistence—cornerstones of growth mindset—and is grounded in problem solving, flexible thinking, and pattern recognition. The same kind of tenacity is crucial when learning math. Games welcome players of all ability levels in the same environment.

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8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Play Good Games, Get Great Results Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. That is what many educators call these games that fall short of what great gaming can be. That is what game designers mean by ‘chocolate on broccoli.’

Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

EdNews Daily

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along. To put it in the words of an elementary student at the 2004 Serious Games Summit, “Why read about ancient Rome when I can build it?”. The Basics of Digital Game-Based Learning.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Sponsor: FREE MATH RESOURCE The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. This fun, gamified site is sponsoring Math games this February and students can compete to win prizes for themselves and your school. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades.

See Game-Based Learning In Action at Pinellas

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Local public radio picked up this story: It’s family game night at Davis Elementary School in Clearwater, but there's not a Monopoly board or a Jenga block in sight. Instead, kids and parents are playing math games. WUSF Public Media captured the experience of families attending Family Math Night events held at five elementary schools in Pinellas, Fl. Family Math Night Combines Games, Community and Math. Game-based Learning Technology in the Classroom.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. You can use it and learn. Here’s one example of how 3D Bear can be used for a real world conversation. “I’ve seen kids get so immersed in their 3D Bear projects that they had no idea how much they were learning.” Learn more by clicking on the link below. Then, they can take photographs, or film an example of what they want to do.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

Using Metaverse, my students have created fun quiz games, trivia experiences, and even an AR tour of our school. For example, I start with a simple, one-day, “make something fun” experience in Metaverse. With this in mind, I want my students to be familiar with terminology, and here are some examples. We also learn beta testing , which is what happens when a person NOT on their team tests the app.) Here’s an example of friction in Metaverse.

Legends of Learning: The Game-Based Science Platform for Grades 3-8

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Sponsored by Legends of Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students love to play games, and they also need real-world examples to help science come alive. With this in mind, Legends of Learning is a fantastic platform full of NGSS aligned science games that does both. Kids in grades 3-8 will love these science games. As shown below, game selection is easy for teachers. 8 games).

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Students work on their own computers sometimes; however, there are many times (like the Avengers Photoshop example) where I want students interacting with and manipulating digital objects as they discuss and work together. In a project-based classroom where making and inventing happens all the time, students are always doing amazing things. Being able to quickly share is essential to progress, learning, and celebrating student success.

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5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. This fun, gamified site is sponsoring Math games this February and students can compete to win prizes for themselves and your school. What’s the first example? Mike: First example. Or we’ll have a learning target for the day, and I’ll say, “OK. Assess how you did on that learning target today.”.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

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Every week day you’ll learn powerful practical ways to be a more remarkable teacher today. geek is helping us learn five simple ways to improve physical education with technology. And that’s appropriate not just for phys Ed but any performance-based thing that we do and the replay tools make that possible. JARROD: Yes, so let’s say you’re doing a gymnastics unit and you’ve got a display, some sort of gymnastics presentation of skills, for example.

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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

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Learn how she does it, what standards she teaches, and technical issues of working with drones in the classroom. There were grades associated with it, and I have a whole safety thing and a checklist of things they had to learn and all. One of the things I learned was that I was working too hard the first couple of days of the unit. Santha is a great example of using drones in the English classroom.

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

They are examples of things he is using and that he has presented about virtual reality. Vicki: So what are some of your favorite examples when you’re trying to convince people that this is a great model? Enrique: Well, some examples that I’ve either done or suggested to them in the past have been…. For example, if you’re studying lakes in earth science, you know how many times can you get a classroom out to a lake to study the science of the lake.

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A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions

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I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. In our district, we try different unplugged activities with the elementary students, such as give simple instructions to your partner who is acting like your robot. Using Logic to Play the Game.

A Fun Game and Mission to Teach Students About Giving Good Instructions

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently took on a new position teaching 400+ elementary students Computer and Technology. In our district, we try different unplugged activities with the elementary students, such as give simple instructions to your partner who is acting like your robot. Using Logic to Play the Game.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Kimberly Tyson @ tysonkimberly and Dr. Angela Peery @ drangelapeery share their advice for helping students learn blended vocabulary. Learn more. Want to hear another episode on helping students learn? Listen to Ramona Persaud talk about 5 ways to adjust teaching to how the brain learns. Written expressly for K-12 teachers, she hopes to empower teachers to provide effective vocabulary instruction along with using digital tools to support word learning.

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Active Learning in the Science Classroom

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Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Today we kick off science week on the 10-Minute Teacher talking about active learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and what an engaging science classroom looks like. Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. Edtech and Social Emotional Learning. Vicki: Yes, you can use Ed Tech and Social Emotional Learning! Michelle, you’ve done some fantastic work with Social Emotional Learning and Ed Tech.

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What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

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From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. Even if you don’t teach second grade, you’ll learn a lot. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. 2nd Grade Trend #1: Project Based Learning. Vicki: Can you think of an example that you’ve seen lately?

7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom

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Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more global collaborative techniques in this show. I think we’ve learned how to use social media in just a really positive way, and learned to communicate and build a global audience, and shared our learning, and learned with others. Just put out positivity, and educate each other, and learn from each other. So there is there is a lot of learning that has to go on with Twitter.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

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Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8. So what’s an example of something it might look like? Some are interactive games. And so they basically were learning to use the technology themselves, which is what they’re going to have to do for the rest of their lives. They had to give some examples.

Games or Worksheets: Is there really a question about the choice?

User Generated Education

I work part time with gifted elementary students at two Title 1 schools where most of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches; and where they and/or their parents are learning English as a second language. I didn’t like them when I was an elementary student and don’t know too many elementary students who say, “I love doing worksheets.” ” I have been using games in my classrooms (elementary and higher education) for decades.

Coding and Bots

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I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. The description is: Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. Robot Turtles Game.

This District Rolled Out Minecraft and Teacher Collaboration Skyrocketed

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Thanks to a strategic approach to PD and support, teacher collaboration has skyrocketed, kindergartners are coding and students are excited about learning. EdSurge spoke to Jeff Terry about Roanoke’s game-based learning journey, his team’s tech implementation advice and the buzzing engagement they’ve seen in students and teachers since adopting M:EE. Learning with Minecraft. And they’re learning history without even knowing it.

Five Ways Teachers Can Use—and Create—Augmented Reality Experiences

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A fourth-grade student at Mendez Elementary in San Marcos, Texas, held an iPad out in front of her. Many educators find that gamifying learning keeps students engaged. BreakoutEDU , for example, is an educational game platform that includes a curated set of physical materials—think padlocks, boxes and invisible ink—and activities across a wide range of subjects and grade levels. Learn how teachers are using the app.

5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

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Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. Incorporating gaming into education doesn’t necessarily mean more screen time. We know that dips in student engagement have dramatic effects on the metrics we care about: academic performance, social emotional learning (SEL), school climate, and attendance.

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Esports Emerge as Learning and Social Catalyst in Schools

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Esports, the competitive side of video gaming, is exploding. Research-based evidence affirms its highly positive impact on students’ academic achievement, soft skills, and socio-emotional well-being. Dr. Dennis Large, the director of educational technology for the Riverside County Office of Education, one among the first county offices in California to facilitate an esports league, knows first-hand the power of gaming in schools. What gaming platform should we use?

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills. As always, we’ll focus on the research-based best practices first. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ensures that lessons are accessible for every student.

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Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

Also, I learned about Twitter, I did the same thing. So, for example, on a computer screen you can put objects in different places. Here are five examples of simple breakouts, but you can find many more by downloading the Metaverse app and browsing them. Others made fun games and activities to teach about topics from pet care to comedy. Like a regular video game or program, it can ask you to input a name that it will call you throughout the experience.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Below are five ways to approach competency-based learning assessment.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

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One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. Kindergarten technology use: Wet-Dry-Try iOS App- $4.99 [link] An app for teaching handwriting based on the popular Handwriting Without Tears® Slate Chalkboard activity. They must learn which line comes first in order to progress to the next letter. mt=8 An app that allows children to quickly learn common vocabulary.

Why School Leaders Need To Be Trained Like Jet Pilots

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Research has shown that computer based simulation is one of the best vehicles for effectively and practically delivering consistent experience. The simulation itself is a bit similar to an immersive video game; the educator goes through a series of story-driven scenarios in which each decision leads to a set of consequences, and more decisions. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies Teacher Evaluation Game-based Learning Teacher Community

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning

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50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning in 2015. We’ve discussed the merits and utility of video games in the classroom before, so we won’t beleaguer the point. If you’re interested in the possibility of video games for learning–that is, teaching and learning with video games to master both academic and non-academic content–than the following collection may be of interest to you. BEST OF WORLD-BUILDING GAMES (iTunes).

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10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Matera @ mrmatera , author of Explore Like a Pirate , talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning. Vicki: Michael Matera @mrmatera is my favorite game-based learning guru, but today we’re going to talk about keys to purpose-driven learning. So, Michael, what are the keys to purpose-driven learning? 10 Elements of Purpose Driven Learning.