Fixing Education Is Child’s Play

The LEGO Idea Conference took place April 8-10 at the LEGOLAND Hotel and Conference Center in Billund, Denmark. Hosted by the LEGO Foundation (endowed by the LEGO Group’s founding family), the conference aimed at creating and being a part of “conversations and networks around re-defining play and re-imagining learning.” Speakers included leading voices in education, [...]

LEGO And Ashoka Want To Help You Change The World Through Playful Learning

The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers want “to transform the way the world learns.” The “Re-Imagine Learning” challenge includes networking opportunities, support and feedback for all applicants, and “10 star Players will be named Champions of learning through play and will receive cash prizes totaling $200,000.” This Changemakers Competition is a unique online, open-source-style competition intended “to attract early-stage [...]

Here’s Why We Need Video Games In Every Classroom

[tweet_quote display="Video games teach critical thinking, problem solving skills, and perseverance while building metacognitive skills."]Video games teach critical thinking, problem solving skills, and perseverance while building metacognitive skills.[/tweet_quote] Game-based learning can provide systematic, data driven teaching in a way that forces creative problem solving rather than rote memorization.  And can do that in a way [...]

Here’s Why We Need Video Games In Every Classroom

Video games teach critical thinking, problem solving skills, and perseverance while building metacognitive skills. Game-based learning can provide systematic, data driven teaching in a way that forces creative problem solving rather than rote memorization.  And video games can do that in a way that is replicable, scalable, and increasingly affordable enough that we can distribute [...]

Yoshi’s New Island Nurtures Kids’ Problem Solving Skills

I was really excited when told me Yoshi’s New Island was ready for review. I immediately downloaded it to the 2DS. My kids (boy six and eight) each started personal files. And I started one for myself. I’ve always loved Yoshi. He’s one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I also think platformers are especially good [...]

Amplify’s Middle School Content Makes Learning Look Beautiful

Amplify just unveiled their digital ELA curriculum for grades six, seven, and eight. Here’s a first look for those of you who aren’t at SXSWedu. “It took a long time in gestation because it is unlike anything anyone has ever done in public ,” said Joel Klein, CEO of Amplify and former chancellor of New [...]

How To Think Critically About Video Games

My kids and I have been playing Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze for last few days. I downloaded it to the WiiU and I told my kids that I needed them to help me review a new game. This is not a review. Forbes already did a review of the new Donkey Kong game. Bottom [...]

What’s So Bad About Big Data In Little Classrooms?

When I was a kid we used to have ‘book fairs’ at school. Once or twice a year a room in the school would be transformed into a bookstore. Folding tables were covered in paperbacks. I remember glossy biographies of celebrities, movie novelizations, and TV show themed graphic novels. Kids loved shopping. Regular books, recommended [...]

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