Monthly Archives: August 2010

Learning Across Silos: An Integrated Approach to the Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai & Andy Russell
August 16, 2010

In our first post, we provided an overview of Newsweek’s coverage of America’s creativity crisis, which highlighted the crucial need for creativity and innovation in solving real-world problems. We began to explore skills and processes that have been associated with creativity and appreciate how your comments added to the discussion. … 







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Play Mario Bros with your EYES!

by Cooney Center Team
August 13, 2010

Waterloo Labs have designed a system to play Mario only using eye movements. Distinct from previous eye tracking systems such as the EyeWriter that use imaging to detect where you are looking, this program attaches electrodes to your eye muscles to control movement in the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Check out … 







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Why Does the Media Still Think Video Games are Bad for Kids?

by Marj Kleinman
August 9, 2010

Do video games cause violence behavior in children? Are they ruining their minds? Despite scientific evidence that refutes these assumptions, why does the media still think video games are damaging for kids? That question was addressed by Scott Steinbergin, tech consultant and founder of GameExec magazine and Game Industry TV, … 







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Transforming Childrens Learning to Address Americas Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai
August 9, 2010

In today’s difficult job market, which candidate is most appealing, the one who received a perfect SAT score, or the one that can offer the most creative solutions to a complex problem, such as stopping the spread of oil along the Gulf Coast?   The July 10 Newsweek magazine cover story, … 







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Top 50 Game Design Books

by Marj Kleinman
August 6, 2010

In 2006, The Edge published their picks in an article called 50 Books For Everyone In the Game Industry. What must-have books should be added to this list?    







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TEDxAtlanta Re:Learn (Again)

by Marj Kleinman
August 5, 2010

Did you catch Michael H. Levine’s TEDxAtlanta speech back in May? In light of the fact that the event was entitled “Re: Learn” we thought it deserved a second look. In his eighteen minute talk, Michael shares three powerful trends in digital media that are revolutionizing learning. View his speech … 







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Conversations Between Parents & Kids Increase Math Scores

by Cooney Center Team
August 3, 2010

Ming Ming Chiu of the University of Buffalo observed informal conversations between parents and children in his recent study, Inequality, family, school, and mathematics achievement: Country and student differences (Social Forces journal). After examining familial patterns in more than 100,000 students, Chiu showed that communications around current affairs, such as … 







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