Eschools14: Games in learning

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These are my notes for the session on games in learning, presented by Peter de Lilse and Janet Thomson.

  • What games did you play as a child?
  • What did you learn through them?
  • Are all games competitive? Fun? Easy? About winning and losing?
  • What is real learning?
  • How can games promote that?

Games: do’s and don’ts

Hint Hunt

Wuzzit Trouble

  • What games have you tried? For yourself? In class?
    • Mine craft – running a town, construction
    • Candy crush – perseverance

Why games?

Other benefits?

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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School

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Nicole Masureik‘s insight:

What every parent should know about school… and I might just print this out for all the parents in my grade at the start of next year…

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5 Apps To Help Students Organize What They Learn – TeachThought

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“Most students need all the help they can get when it comes to planning big projects. Here’s a list of apps that can help them stay organized when they’re working on group presentations, research papers or other big tasks that might take a little extra energy to keep everything together.”


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It Took Just Four Days to Hack the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Fingerprint Scanner – The Wire

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Nicole Masureik‘s insight:

If they want to get in, they will. There is no such thing as an unbeatable security system.

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