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For digital summer camp, kid-source a game (or play this one!)

One year ago this month, its 3rd-through-6th grader designers launched the fifth and final iteration of Escape to Morrow, an open source digital game they designed in Minecraft for Minecraft players. The five iterations – including writing and rewriting backstories, creating maps, finding mods (Minecraft modifications out on the Web) and producing the trailer – […]

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FB & Oculus VR: The potential of a virtual-reality platform

For years we’ve heard about the potential of virtual reality, but even when the virtual world Second Life was a hot tech-news story, it hardly felt like a second life to most people. I wrote about it a number of times because of the amazing work some very cutting-edge educators and their students were doing […]

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The White House’s K-12 students’ film festival!

This month the White House will hold its first-ever film festival for students – how cool is that?! The contest asks students in grades K-12 to submit short videos (under 3 min.) about education technology. “Your film should address at least one of the following themes,” says the White House’s page about the festival: “How […]

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Giving students ‘skin in the game,’ another anti-distraction tool [sidebar]

Chris Lehmann, founding principal at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, really sums it up: giving students “skin in the game,” as he put it to Education Week. That means, as the educators I mention in the main article show, using education technology not as another platform or delivery tool for traditional tutorial-style teaching but for the […]

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Dealing with distraction with the HELP of digital environments

Learning how to be present, attend to others, know what’s important in a given moment and stay focused on it has always been a vital part of growing up. “The ability to focus is a secret element to success that often gets ignored,” according to an article in Mind/Shift that cites the work of psychologist […]

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Digital citizenship, the ‘lived curriculum’: Part 1

Have you ever heard of taking a cooking class that didn’t include a kitchen or learning how to swim in a classroom not a pool? It can be helpful to watch instructional videos on YouTube, but mastery of anything usually requires practice with the tools and within the context of whatever a person wants to […]

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Involving our kids in their own digital media learning

Just as neither blackboards (technology) nor the words or numbers on them (media) weren’t the source of learning in the 19th century, digital devices and the games, apps, and other media on them aren’t the source of our kids’ learning in this century. They’re just learning tools. It’s how they’re used by teacher and students, […]

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Pinterest for consuming, curating, producing

I love seeing the clear distinction being made by this teacher between consuming vs. producing social media – and the learning value being placed on the producing. Seems obvious, I know, but I still see peers – including media researchers – referring to today’s media as merely consumed. “As I looked into using Pinterest as […]

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A techie dad’s perspective on school

The subhead of this post might be: “Writing code as an extracurricular activity” or Venturebeat‘s headline, “Why your 8-year-old should be coding,” or just “Let them learn code!” Another article about Harvard undergrads’ extracurricular code-writing activity shows how that activity can enrich a whole lot of lives as well as open up careers for young […]

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