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How to design context for learning ? No matter in big or small scale, the design mindset is meaningful for every educator : ” The mission narrative, or context, is developed once the teacher, game designer, and curriculum designer have identified the big ideas, learning goals, and standards for the trimester. All of the content resides within the mission context, which creates a ‘Need To Know’ for the students – a reason why they are learning the material. When a mission is successful, it not only makes the curriculum content feel relevant to students, it offers them opportunities to take on real-world roles and to apply what they learn to everyday scenarios.”

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From imagination to implementation: the power of collaboration between game designers and teachers

Game On 0“As a teacher, you’re normally an island in a school. If you’re lucky, you have a colleague to consult with. If you’re unlucky, you’re alone in planning and implementing your curriculum until someone periodically comes in to judge you. The model of a teacher working with a game designer and a curriculum designer at Quest to Learn brings three minds together. This allows teachers the opportunity to execute epic things in the classroom – the kinds of things that one person alone could never do.” —Rebecca Grodner, 8th grade Being, Space and Place teacher, Quest to Learn

FEATURE | by Shula Ponet and Rebecca Rufo-Tepper

On a cold January day, Rebecca Grodner’s eighth-grade students are engaged in a fiery Socratic Showdown. In this discussion-based game, they are debating how much responsibility people should have in acting against evil…

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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