Good Read: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Some researchers believe playing a specific kind of game actually builds what they call “fluid intelligence” — “the capacity to solve novel problems, to learn, to reason, to see connections and to get to the bottom of things.” Source: Nytimes “Can somebody raise their hand,” asked Kate Wulfson, the instructor, “and explain to me how … Continue reading Good Read: Can You Make Yourself Smarter? →

Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens

By Kyle Palmer Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger these days. Just a few weeks ago, more than 100 high school and college students converged on a warehouse in Bellevue, Washington, with one mission: to build a marketable mobile app in less than 24 hours. By all accounts, this convening is an encouraging sign of … Continue reading Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens →

Good Read: Eight Ideas for Summertime Math Learning

Sure, all the ideas are linked to New York Times-specific articles, but they’re still great for finding ways to incorporate math in kids’ daily lives. Source: Nytimes The school year is starting to wind down in many places in the country, and it brings worries about so-called summer slide – the documented decline in student … Continue reading Good Read: Eight Ideas for Summertime Math Learning →

Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online

More about students relying on their own peer networks to help them source information: Students report relying on friends to get help and share resources, Ms. Morgan says, whereas their responses suggest “much less of a role” for “conventional authority figures.” They “don’t want to ask librarians or tutors in the study center or stuff … Continue reading Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online →

What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game?

Getty Chocolate-covered broccoli. That’s what designers of educational games call digital products that drape dull academic instruction in the superficially appealing disguise of a game. Instead of placing the fun of discovery and mastery at the heart of the game, these imposters use the trappings of games “as a sugar coating” for their otherwise unappetizing … Continue reading What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game? →

MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students

MIT’s seminal OpenCourseWare and MITx have brought free, high-quality educational content to anyone who wants it. Now MIT is turning its attention to younger students with the newly announced MIT+K12, developed with the Khan Academy. With this venture, MIT students will develop videos on science and engineering topics aimed at younger students.Some of the videos … Continue reading MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students →

Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class

Learning from her successes and shortcomings, e-Learning Laura offers some important key ideas to keep in mind when using iPads in class. Source: Elearninglaura Here are six pieces of advice I would pass on to anyone leading the Teaching and Learning side of an iPad deployment. I’ve learned as much from our successes as our … Continue reading Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class →

Can Anyone Design a Mobile Game?

ARIS If you’re interested in creating your own mobile games, but are intimidated about taking the first step, teacher Jim Mathews offers a few ways in. Start small. Create something simple before embarking on a more complex effort to design a game or interactive story with lots of moving parts. Experimenting with many simple (and … Continue reading Can Anyone Design a Mobile Game? →