In my five part countdown about video games and education (the rest can be found here, at EdReach.us), I have addressed the types of gamers in your classroom and the common misconceptions about these students. This article, however, takes the focus off of the students and turns a spotlight onto the teachers. There are several qualities that make video games better teachers than teachers, and here are my top three:
Reason Number One: Ability to Assess
The speed and accuracy of computers are something the human brain can no longer match.… Read the rest
Please welcome our guest blogger, Sylvia Martinez. Sylvia is an evangelist for empowering students through technology, and is one of the great, resounding voices in innovative education. You can follow her on Twitter at @smartinez– and follow her work at blog.genyes.org.
Have you been gamified yet? Perhaps not a painful as it sounds, gamification is on its way to becoming THE buzzword of 2011. Social media engagement tools such as badges, points, levels, leaderboards, etc are making their way out of hipster apps to every online engagement you can think of.… Read the rest
Sweaty palms…nausea…darting eyes….racing heart…I’m in complete withdrawal. As I stare at my phone sitting on the counter I realize I am an addict…addicted to games. It all started with Pong. Pong, you were a deceptively simple game for a simple platform in much simpler times, but you had a complex hold on my heart. Years have gone by, color has been introduced, themes have developed but we still obsess over the most simple of games.… Read the rest