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quest for oil simulation game

A Computer Game about Gaining and Applying Detailed Insights into the Global Oil Industry

(Press Release) With the free, world-wide distribution of the real-time strategy game ‘Quest for Oil,’ Maersk unfolds the unknown universe of oil exploration and invites you to embark on a conquest of the depths of the seabed. Quest for Oil is the first game of its kind and with the convergence of forces, innovation and technology Maersk gives you… Read More ›

robots for iPads

Quick! IEEE Spectrum Robots for iPad is Free This Week

We never shout out for any App “free for a limited time”, but this one is COOL! The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is sponsoring the Robots app from 6-14 April in celebration of National Robotics Week in the U.S. Get it free now! IEEE RAS is an international society of engineers and technologists… Read More ›

scholar search, digital learning, top search engines for scholars

100 Recommended Search Engines for Serious Scholars

by Staff Writers of : 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars (Revised) Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been… Read More ›

game based learning

Play as Mayors, Build Green Cities and Learn Science

Plan It Green is part of a growing trend that utilizes digital gaming to engage players around significant social issues. Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game that allows players to design and create their own energy-efficient city of the future! (features from the game website as below) Build new energy technologies and advance… Read More ›

science game-based learning

Join the Journey of Ludwig and Save Humankind

2098. Mankind has consumed all the earth’s fossil fuels and is forced to live on gigantic city ships that orbit the planet. A collision with an unknown flying object means an emergency landing is unavoidable. But without a helper down on earth, that’s as good as impossible… Do you have what it takes to be… Read More ›

iPad classroom

7 Lists of Free iPad Learning Apps (#iPaded, #EdApps, #iPadchat)

Dear readers, You might find these selections on free educational iPad apps by Christopher Pappas useful. Enjoy! 24 Free Chemistry iPad Apps for Students 20 Free Multiplication iPad Apps for Kids 14 Free Alphabet iPad Apps for Kids 21 Free Counting iPad Apps for Kids 13 Free Addition iPad Apps for Kids 9 Free Subtraction iPad Apps… Read More ›

inquiry based learning, science

Free Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free, online platform that engages students in the methods of real scientists and collaborative exploration of science issues through customizable curriculum and activities. Featured by Edutopia Technology Integration Research: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject : WISE has been shown to improve students’ science achievement, especially when teachers… Read More ›

citizen science

A Classroom Framed by The Sky, The Earth, and Everything in Between

The future of science education is mobile and participatory. WildLab lets learners see their world in a whole new way. The WildLab leverages mobile technology to engage learners in citizen science activities that promote STEM learning and encourage local environmental stewardship. From its home page: We envision a classroom framed by the sky, the earth, and… 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 ›

app textbook

Re-imagine Education – Learning from Scientists Directly

About one year ago, as Apple announced its interest in digital textbook market, WIRED had an article which might not raise your awareness : Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students. Duke University’s Cachalot app, a novel digital textbook is designed for students enrolled in Duke’s Marine Megafauna class, but free for everyone, everywhere. Johnston, who… Read More ›

Which Study Strategies Are Proven Effective by Psychological Science ?

(Press Release from Association for Psychological Science) Report finds several popular study strategies are ineffective; effective study strategies are underused Students everywhere, put down those highlighters and pick up some flashcards! Some of the most popular study strategies — such as highlighting and even rereading — don’t show much promise for improving student learning, according to… Read More ›

scientific and math search engine

A Search Engine for Math and Scientific Equations

Symbolab is a semantic web search engine for math and science. It allows users to search for equations, formulas and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as full text search. The stated goal of the site is to provide the most relevant search results that are theoretically and semantically similar, rather than visually…. Read More ›

game-based learning

NMSU Learning Games Lab Offers Free Apps

by Jane Moorman, New Mexico State University An easy, last-minute Christmas gift could be as simple as downloading an app. An estimated 2.4 billion apps are expected to be downloaded during the holidays. Thanks to app developers at New Mexico State University, new mobile device owners have access to free apps on a variety of research-based… Read More ›

CK-12 Braingenie

CK-12 Is Unlocking Cheaper, Better Learning

CK-12 is a leader of open educational resource(OER) provider for k-12 education. Beginning this month, CK-12 foundation launched the new, multi-modality platform, available for the majority of the expanding STEM concepts. Now CK-12 will surprise you with the quality, flexibility and depth that the open educational resources can offer. Some of the features of Multi-Modality… Read More ›

game-based learning

‘A Slower Speed of Light’ from MIT Game Lab

“A Slower Speed of Light” is a first-person game in which players navigate a 3D space while picking up orbs that reduce the speed of light in increments. A custom-built, open-source relativistic graphics engine allows the speed of light in the game to approach the player’s own maximum walking speed. Visual effects of special relativity gradually… Read More ›

bio-tech learning simulation

Zombie Plague – 3D Biotech Game Teaches Students

The STEMware™ project brings together collaborators in science and education research, teaching, and industry and incorporates an innovative professional and youth development program to create, implement, and evaluate STEM-based “serious game” software.  Scenarios related to modern biology but set in fantasy worlds are developed by educator-student-scientist partners and used to create STEMware™ game-based learning programs. STEMware™… Read More ›


25 Best Countries in Science

An infographic with the 25 best countries in Science Indexes. It’s from ICT and Education blog.

STEM Educational Games: How it Will Impact Today’s Youth

STEM education, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics was an initiative recently brought about in an effort to encourage education in fields that currently lack the experts to fill job vacancies. This particular initiative has taken these much needed specialties and further integrated them into regular curriculum in an effort to avoid simply… Read More ›

game-based learning

Inquiry-Based Learning in a Game-Based Learning Setting

Inquiry-based learning has recently become a focus of attention in education and training environments. A promising platform for promoting inquiry-based learning is digital game environments. Game-based learning environments have been used in a range of domains, including negotiation skills, foreign languages, and policy argumentation. Devising effective methods for guiding inquiry-based learning in game environments requires an… Read More ›

Science, physics, education

Great Reflections from a Physics Teacher

As the beginning of the school year gets underway I ask myself this question: “What learning environment will I provide so that my students can’t wait ‘til the next class?” — from Dolores Gende , a Physics teacher and Director of Instructional Technology at Dallas, Texas. Her reflections inspired us about the real meanings of science education. From her… Read More ›


Teachers should have the courage to be less helpful

Patterns are everywhere in this world, the brain is a natural pattern-recognition machine, once the brain has a goal in mind, it tunes the perceptual system to search the environment. Even young toddlers can sort out their toys and stuffs into groups of their own design, but inproper teaching style might ruin human’s innate perceptual skills, according to the research… 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).