In "Reading, Writing & Videogames," parent and New York Times features editor Pamela Paul seems to be arguing that digital games are just that – games – they should just be fun. They don't need to be educational, and they don't really belong in classrooms. The first part of her argument makes perfect sense – hard not to agree that kids need to have fun and parents don't need to feel that every … [Read more...] about Challenging the idea that games can’t be fun AND meaningful
These are projects that get young people and classrooms participating in the digital maker movement: Current or aspiring videogame designers and videographers have about a month to submit their creations to three different contests: The National STEM Videogame Challenge, Whyville's game design contest, and Trend Micro's What's Your Story video producing contest. Design a videogame Videogame … [Read more...] about Designing students: Check out these contests (learning opps)!
A recent survey by the Pew Internet Project shows how pervasive technology has become in American classrooms. "Laptops and desktops are central, but … mobile technology use has also become commonplace in the learning process," the Pew researchers write, adding that the 2,462 teachers surveyed feel "digital technologies have helped them in teaching their middle school and high school students in … [Read more...] about Teachers on tech in US classrooms: Study
News Corp's unveiling of its tablet for schools at SxSWedu in Austin this week was definitely a sign of the times. Its 10" Amplify tablet, which runs on the Android operating system, will cost K-12 schools $299 and come complete not only with curriculum but also training and customer care, the New York Times reports. It's the project of Joel Klein, the former chancellor of New York City schools, … [Read more...] about High expectations tablets will be huge in K-12 schools
One of the most interesting comments I heard in the "Making Apps with Youth" session here at the SxSW EDU conference was from Kurt Collins, tech strategist and lead developer at Youth Radio in Oakland (he also started a nonprofit called the Hidden Geniuses Project aimed at "teaching young black men how to code"). Kurt said that "the liberal arts matter. The problems we run into [in the app … [Read more...] about Learning life, communication & app development all at once