"When you have a platform that kids absolutely love — parents can't peel them away from it — and when it's one that can also be used to provide bona fide educational experiences, it would have been criminal of us not to use it," according to Aaron E. Walsh, founding director of the Immersive Education Initiative.
- By John K. Waters
A group of about 100 K-12 teachers has completed a week-long summer institute, dubbed Scalable Game Design, at the University of Colorado Boulder focused on using game design to teach computer science.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children participate in at least an hour of "moderate to vigorous" physical activity every day. Research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville suggests that playing video games could be a decent substitute for more standard outside activities.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A half-dozen students in Washington are learning computer science skills at the local headquarters of a game developer.
This list of online resources is by no means 100 percent comprehensive, but it’s a great place to get started for teachers exploring the Counting and Cardinality domain of the Common Core State Standards.
A new kindergarten readiness software program allows children to automatically progress toward more advanced skills while following a story and playing games.
Dig-It! Games has released a new version of its free history app for iOS devices, Roman Town.
Based on lessons from Common Sense Education's K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, Digital Compass addresses cyberbullying, privacy and security, creative credit and copyright, information literacy, Internet safety, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, relationships and communication.
- By Christopher Piehler
Score one for gamers. An experiment at Brown University has found a correlation between people who frequently play video games and their ability to retain learning about two quickly learned visual activities.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled a new version of Building Blocks, its supplemental math program, with 50 percent more games, iPad accessibility and increased support for Common Core and state standards through grade 8.