The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Using Commercial Games in the Classroom

Andrew Miller and Terry Heick with Richard Van Eck


Using games that were not specifically designed for education purposes is viable, but there is much teachers need to know to do effectively and credibly. In this segment we look at the pros, cons and pitfalls.

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Epic Project-Based Learning Using Virtual Worlds

Andrew Miller and Terry Heick with Lucas Gillispie


In this segment we talk with an instructional technology leader in a school district that is using Minecraft for game-based learning with some pretty spectacular results. Our guest talks about setting up the program, managing it, and how to think creatively about connecting the game to the curriculum.

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Talking Seriously About Video Games and Common Core

Andrew Miller and Terry Heick with Clark Aldrich


The prospect of using video games to teach common core subjects may still seem far fetched to many teachers. In this inaugural episode we look the current state of game-based learning, the promise, the challenges, some of the most popular games, and the road ahead.

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EDWORDS: Latest Game-Based Learning Blog Posts

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    Bringing Gamification to Your Classroom

    Gamification has changed how I teach.  It's a game-changer so to speak. There are many ways to bring gamification to your classroom.  Deci ...

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    by Gina Taylor @RLTaylor94
    Thursday, 16 June 2016
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    Game-Based Learning: Lessons from Nintendo

    In the late 1980s, I remember playing the original Mario Brothers for hours on end, trying desperately to save the princess. I ducked, dodged, and j ...

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    by David Cutler @spinedu
    Wednesday, 24 February 2016
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    Let's Go to Disneyland! - A Virtual Spring Break Vacation!

    As my first grade students left for their holiday break, I told one of the children to have a wonderful vacation. He sadly looked at me and said, "I ...

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    by Cheryl Arnett @c_arnett
    Friday, 19 February 2016
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    Sleuths In My Class

      Most, if not all, of the material I use in my classes is decided upon after the first three or four lessons. It's very important to me to know ...

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    by Christina Chorianopoulou @kryftina
    Saturday, 09 January 2016
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    Why You Should Let Your Kids Play Video Games

    Most people are surprised to find out that I am a huge video-game nerd. I wow them with my extensive knowledge and collection of video games and I a ...

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    by Megan Roberts | @TechieEducation
    Saturday, 19 December 2015
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