EdGamer Episode 4: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Playing?

On Episode #4 of EdGamer we discuss the games our students are playing outside of our classrooms. Few teachers, or parents for that matter, have a solid idea of the types of games their children are playing. We take some time to look at the different types of games students are playing as well as discuss some informal research we did with our students about their gaming habits.… Read the rest

An Open Letter to STEAM: If You Build It, ED Will Come

To Whom it May Concern:

I am looking for an easy gaming platform to use in my classroom.  I would like it handle single, coop, and multiplayer versions of educational games.  I would like it to connect my classroom and other classrooms so interactions can take place between students.  As a Steam user, my thoughts came quickly to your platform and how easy it is to connect to other players. Read the rest

EdGamer Episode 2: Game On…Educational Gaming is Gaining Ground

On the second episode of the Ed Gamer podcast, we take some time to review the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) we recently attended in St. Charles, IL. A lot of ground has been made in the world of gaming and education, but there is still much to do. During this podcast we examine the difference between virtual learning environments (such as World of Warcraft and SecondLife) and simple outcome games (ie.… Read the rest

EdGamer Podcast 1: The Games That We Play

  • “The Games That We Play”
    • There are many games that Gerry and I use in the classroom.  We have picked six games that we currently use and we will explain why we use them.
    • Zack’s Pick- BBC Interactive Games
      • Mummy Maker
      • Pyramid Challenge
    • Gerry’s Pick- Classic classroom games: The Great Debate
      • Involves Role Play
      • Students can be forced to see multiple perspectives on one issue
      • Includes current events
    • Zack’s Pick- Word on the Street by Out of the Box Games
      • On each turn, one team flips over a category card.
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