Category Archives: Games and Learning

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

Available Now: The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

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November 18, 2014

How can games unlock a rich world of learning? That is the key question behind a new resource that aims to help teachers successfully incorporate games in the classroom. The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning is the culmination of a series of blog posts authored by Forbes contributor … 







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Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

October 21, 2014

I spent last weekend on a camping trip with extended family.  Having just completed a report on the use of digital games in the classroom, I was more than a little eager to consult with the kids in the group about their use of digital games inside and outside of … 







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Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles

by Jordan Shapiro
September 19, 2014

Part #20 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning Series Even for educators who are excited about using games in the classroom, questions inevitably come up around the very real obstacles to implementation, and strategies for overcoming them. A recent survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council asked 700 teachers … 







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Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started

by Jordan Shapiro
September 12, 2014

Part 19 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning By now, you’ve probably read enough to be convinced that it’s worth trying games in your classroom. You understand that games are not meant to be robot teachers, replacing the human-to-human relationship. Games are a tool that teachers can use to … 







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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

by Jordan Shapiro
September 5, 2014

Part 18 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning To make sense of the broad and complex world of games and learning, we’re inclined to create neatly organized lists and categories. The truth is that there are so many different kinds of learning games, it’s difficult to break them down … 







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How To Choose A Learning Game

by Jordan Shapiro
August 29, 2014

Part 17 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning Many teachers are excited about trying games in the classroom but don’t know where to begin. The landscape of learning games is vast and confusing — and it’s growing and changing rapidly. Moving at the pace of the software industry, games … 







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Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

by Jordan Shapiro
August 22, 2014

Part 16 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning The textbook is a problem that consistently plagues classrooms. At best, textbooks are innocuous, offering simple summaries of a very broad subject area. At worst, they oversimplify things, providing less information than an encyclopedia article without enough nuance or context to … 







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Screen Time That’s Valuable For Young Kids

by Jordan Shapiro
August 15, 2014

Part 15 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. Most people agree that implementing game-based learning makes sense for older students, but what about really young kids? Do screens have a place in early childhood education? How young is too young for screen time? If you have small children, you … 







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SXSW 2015

Vote for Our SXSW 2015 Panel: Playing to Learn: Lessons From Game Design Gurus

by Anna Ly
August 12, 2014

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center needs your vote for the SXSW Interactive 2015 conference! We have pulled together heavy hitters from LEGO, Nickelodeon, and MIT Media Lab to talk about how the engaging power of games can be used to promote playful learning. The design experts will share lessons learned … 







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In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games

by Jordan Shapiro
August 8, 2014

Part 14 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that today’s technologies will one day be obsolete — we shouldn’t be too enamored with any particular educational tool. Teachers will always play the most important role in the classroom. Although ed-tech … 







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