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game-based learning

What Do Kids-Turned-Learning-Game-Designers Inspire Us? (#GBL)

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April 29, 2013

Kids need to be content creators instead of just information consumers. This sounds like a cliche – people might think the idea is just a buzzword, not necessarily an urgent matter. However, in the following case, we observe kids in charge of their own project – making a game to join the Healthivore Video Game… Read More ›

open educational resources

Online Course : Using #OER to Create K-12 Curriculum

Great news! An online PD course has been launched : Using Open Educational Resources(OER) to Create K-12 Curriculum, it’s a long-time collaborative work from me and Digital Learning Tree learning system. Time to play and learn! . Why OER course for teachers matters In the contemporary educational landscape, emerging participatory practices, facilitated by technological and socio-cultural… Read More ›

self organized learning environment

School in the Cloud and Self-Organized Learning Environment

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK) delivered his… Read More ›

play and learn

There is Only One Classroom in The World

“MOOC’s story tells us that scale is interesting because it allows us to offer a high quality product at a very low marginal cost per student, which is what allows us to take people who really can’t pay for an education. The move from pre-printing press to post-printing press is an one-time transition in history of… Read More ›

science education

Zebrafish Makes a Difference in Science Education

Zebrafish, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers has the world’s leading zebrafish researchers contributing to the community’s global efforts to promote science education. Scientific papers, many authored by students in grades K-12, as well as articles highlighting innovative curricula and educational tools, a collection of abstracts (including student, parent, and teacher authors), and an… Read More ›

collaboration

Top 30 Resource Pages and Posts in 2012

Thanks to all readers who have visited our site in this year, it’s a taking off year for us. This site is just a node to connect with contents, people and community. It’s also a starting point for our next step — creating value through connections and creations. Here we list the top resource pages… Read More ›

visible thinking

It’s about The Learning, Not The Tools

Frankly I’m tired of tools. Exhausted from experimenting. Weary of web 2.0 options popping up on a daily basis… Well not entirely. Is this how you feel these days. Edna Sackson wrote about “It’s about the learning, not the tools…” with this thought as a “kick-off” idea . And I really like she pointed us to a… Read More ›

mooc, open source education

The Ongoing Stories of MOOC

Online education is driving today’s higher education revolution. Though the flurry of attention around MOOCs may lead one to conclude that distance learning is a recent phenomenon, it actually dates back over 120 years. Read : Distance Learning Has Been Around Since 1892, You Big MOOC on Forbes. MOOCs have been around for a few years… Read More ›

working together

Connecting Educators and Programmers

Recently, MindShift gave a write-up about “The Rise of Educator-Entrepreneurs: Bringing Classroom Experience to Ed-Tech“. While we see this trend grows, the reason behind it is simple: “Teachers are usually the last people to be consulted on many of these education technology companies.” Even we can see new EdTech sites emerging everyday, not every newly minted site… Read More ›

app translation to chinese

Building Meaningful Conversations in Multi-Languages for Your Apps

“App analytics firm Distimo, in its latest monthly report, found that outside of English-speaking countries, China, Japan and South Korea have the highest proportions of free downloads and revenue from native language-only applications. That can be an opportunity for developers who translate their apps.” Titled “Distimo : app translation can pay off, especially in Asia”… Read More ›

crowdfunding

Crowdfunding for Game-Based Learning Projects

My colleague came across Mrs.Chubb’s site several days ago, and found she is raising funding for her classroom to be able to purchase learning games. Her students need seven reading comprehension games such as Tricky Tracks Main Idea Gamed and Comic Connection Sequencing Game to build essential skills. By using games to build comprehension students learn… Read More ›

“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).