Category Archives: Games and Learning

Fostering Family Learning with Video Games

by Sinem Siyahhan
April 2, 2018

“For me, my kids playing Halo is no different than playing outside and coming up with scenarios that seem kind of violent like our kids… they could be outside playing Nerf guns and pretending to shoot each other and die. I can go outside and play Nerf guns with my … 







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Family Coding Night with English-Language Learning Families

by Rahul Banerjee
March 19, 2018

Imagine a room full of families gathered together around laptops. They’re making animations and games using computer programming. Many of the children or their parents are pointing at or touching the screens as they discuss storylines and game mechanics. As is often the case with technology, the children appear to … 







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Connecting Across Worlds: How Empathy and Play Can Support Connection

by Dr. Karen Schrier
March 12, 2018

How do we live together in a connected world? How do we cultivate “global citizens” who can relate to others—across international borders and Internet forums, or political aisles and bus aisles? These are increasingly pressing questions, and ones that are considered by two recent publications: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s … 







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These Are The Digital Playgrounds Where Tomorrow’s Global Citizens Can Build Social Skills

by Jordan Shapiro
March 5, 2018

Early this morning, I spoke to a friend in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through my webcam, the Skype video was still a little choppy, but clear enough to recognize that we were each settled into different parts our daily routines (the time difference is six hours). I took sips from a … 







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Insights from an AMA with Video Game Writers

by Administrator
November 14, 2017

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Design Special Interest Group recently held a Mentor “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” with Game Writers in conjunction with the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Teachers and students throughout the United States contributed questions about the process of writing original video games. The expert panel … 







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Playing together: Using Apps to Augment Relationships Between Adults and Children

by Catalina Naranjo-Bock and Jennie Ito
November 1, 2017

The Interaction Design and Children Conference took place in June 2017 at Stanford University. The conference brought together a multidisciplinary community, focused on multiple aspects related to the design of technology for children. As part of the conference, we put together a workshop to discuss Joint Media Engagement (JME) as … 







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A STEM Challenge Winner Shares Her Passion for Game Design with Students

by Olivia Thomas
October 23, 2017

Olivia Thomas was one of the winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge (2015-16). Now studying computer science and games, interactive media, and mobile development at Boise State University, Olivia has already gained teaching experience of her own as she developed and taught a game design workshop for middle school … 







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No Such Thing: A New Podcast on Youth and Digital Learning

by Administrator
October 13, 2017

In his new podcast series, No Such Thing, host Marc Lesser surveys the current landscape of digital learning through lively interviews with students, practitioners, researchers, and more. To learn more about the show, we asked Marc to share how NST got its start—along with a few highlights from recent episodes.  Thanks … 







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Can Typical Educational Games Support Learning Within Curriculum?

by Douglas Clark
June 21, 2017

The potential of digital games for education is enhanced by the fact that digital games are everywhere. In 2008, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 97 percent of those ages 12–17 played computer, web, portable, or console games, and 50 percent of them reported daily or near-daily gameplay. Another Pew … 







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Infographic: Parents on How Digital Games Affect Family Life

by Administrator
May 26, 2017

Children today have access to more devices and platforms than ever before. And that means they have access to more entertainment software too. Over the past few years there have been a number of studies looking at video games and children, from how games affect the brain and motivation to learn. … 







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