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Social Networks for Wellness 

Using Social Networking for Wellness. As a part of a program for the wellness of middle school students, the Quest to Learn School launched a social networking site called 'Being Me'. The site allows students to engage in a range of activities that encourage self exploration. The variety of opportunities that exist within the network …

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HS in 2 years? 

High School in two years? Eight US states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are set to be apart of a pilot program commencing in the 2011-2012 school year to allow a new track for completing high school. It involves 10 to 20 high schools in each of the …

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Trade School 

TRADE SCHOOL = 30 DAYS OF CLASSES, CO-WORKING AND BARTERING. I found this great article in GOOD describing a new project called Trade School, opening on the Lower East Side of Manhattan from now until the first of March. There are a range of class offerings from grant writing to making butter, but the interesting thing …

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Searching Appropriately 

Searching for information on the internet, as a primary or secondary age student, can be overwhelming based on the amount of results as well as being able to distinguish what sources are valid. If teachers are looking to gain some comfort the sources their students are using for their work such search engine sites as<a …

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Poll of the Future of Online Learning 

Over the past 10 years online learning has taken off. According to the U.S. Department of Education e-learning, or virtual school instruction, is now offered by about 25 percent of all K-12 public schools, it is even required for graduation in Michigan and Alabama. Currently, the results of the poll, 'What Will Online Education Look …

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Trends of Game Play Effects on the Brain 

This article features the multi-institutional study, from the journal Cerebral Cortex where researchers found they were able to predict performance in a video game simply by measuring the volume of specific structures in the brain. This study tells us a lot about how the brain works when it is trying to learn a complex task. We …

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Q2L After School Program: Mobo 

After school programs for enrichment have become a common occurrence offered by schools today. Quest to Learn (Q2L), the school created by members of the Institute of Play and which promotes a game-based, systems perspective on learning opened its doors this fall in NYC. Not surprisingly, they offer an outside program called Mobo The Mobo …

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Virtual Classroom Redesign 

Adding to the debate of the schools of the future and specifically, how to (re)design classroom spaces I found this article about the application of virtual worlds toward school and classroom design. It offers the ability for teachers and students to 'test' out the spaces before they are actually built by being immersed as an …

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Motivating STEM Students 

"If the U.S. is to maintain its economic leadership and compete in the new global economy, the Nation must prepare today's K–12 students better to be tomorrow's productive workers and citizens. Changing workforce requirements mean that new workers will need ever more sophisticated skills in science, mathematics, engineering and technology."- National Science Board (NSB) A …

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Student Debt 

Student debt is a very real issue for a large part of the population today. With jobs requiring accreditation of higher education degrees the educational debt of today's young people is significant. The info graphic below depicts the number of graduating college seniors is the US with more than $40,000 of student debt (by year) …

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Recap: Adaptive Learning Seminar 

During last week's seminar, Dr. Gary Natriello presented work on adaptive learning opportunities. He presented a model of processes and interactions that can lead to adaptive learning opportunities and within the model, seven major areas that provide perspectives for these adaptive learning opportunities emerged. The work is part of an effort to explore the landscape …

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Winkball ;) 

Do you want a new reason to wink at someone? A project called Winkball has re-purposed the classic eye wink in a way that could have some interesting applications. The new set of video tools created by Winkball offers a forum to communicate easier using video. Specifically, the Winkball wall features fields of short fields …

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A Flavor for Mobility 

Mobility as a characteristic of learning environments is something that has become increasingly relevant on a personal note with some research I am involved in and it is also proving to be a current focal point for innovation. The bounds for the kinds of interactions that handheld, or mobile devices offer is currently growing in …

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Win $25,000 Creating a Facebook Learning App! 

A non-profit organization called Hidden Agenda has started another round of a development competition of creating online facebook games for learning. Win $25K in cold hard cash by creating a better way to teach a high school subject - on Facebook! Get creative. Blow away the competition! The best example of fun and effective "social …

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Do you play to relax? 

As apart of a current research project, my team is exploring relaxation techniques and habits people use. We are specifically looking for instances of gameplay that people use as a way to relax. Therefore, if you play a game or know of a game that is relaxing or soothing to you in some way PLEASE …

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Adobe CS5 for iPhone Development 

To see some of the games already created using this technology watch the video. If you are a flash developer, it is an exciting time to take advantage of the new features of the latest round of Flash in the Adobe series. The next version of Flash Professional CS5 will enable you build applications for …

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Notes on Allan Collins’ Talk at TC 

Last Thursday Dr. Allan Collins spoke at Teachers College about his newly released book, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: He opened his talk with stories of students who are excelling in ways outside the traditional bounds of school. He advocated that this outlet of learning is where technology is having most impact, in …

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DiGra Conference Recap 

OVERVIEW & TRENDS I was able to attend the DiGRA '09 (Digital Games Research Association) Conference in London and wanted to post a recap of some of the events. DiGRA is an association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. As it was a games conference, game play during the event was …

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MTA vs Mobile Apps 

Recently there has been accounts of the New York City transit system fighting for royalties of mobile applications developed using 'free' public transportation information. I came accross an article from one such developer, Chris Schoenfeld, who is currently fighting against the MTA's claim for fees. His application called StationStops uses the MTA's schedule for Metro …

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MOVE: Games as Art 

I recently attended a session at a conference by Andrew Hieronymi, (bio) whose recent work focuses on the boundaries between games and art in physical environments. He is currently a professor of Interactive Design and Game Development at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. The particular project he presented was called <a …

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