When people think about games, they usually imagine gathering with their friends and having a good time. As educators, we like to take advantage of this setting to sneak in learning concepts. However, games can also be utilized for health-based purposes. In particular, games are a platform to significantly improve skills and needs of people…
The case for letting kids design their own play… Giving kids less leaves them room to contribute more. Read all about it at FastCompany.
Many mathematical and problem-solving skills go hand-in-hand with card playing. Arlene Harris talks to the experts about Snap, Gin Rummy and some other old favorites. Click here to read more!
Educational games may be the story of the day, but was it always this way? In this article, Lindsay Brennan Alukonis gives us a look at educational games in Colonial Williamsburg.
This article in the Journal of Play takes a look at play’s relationship to language, cultural forms, and transformative politics from a philosophical point of view. This link is to the abstract, which links to a pdf of the whole article.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend at least 60 minutes a day in open-ended play. Looking for more details? TheGeniusOfPlay.org has put together a page summarizing some of the benefits. Check it out here!
The K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge gives students the opportunity to design and build their own math game, film a video of it, and submit it online for everyone to see. Click through for all the details and an entry form.
Every Friday, the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) opens its doors to the public, and has a workshop to figure out how games can help improve teaching and learning. Sound interesting? Here’s the article.
The title sounds as bizarre as it does fun: Professor of Lego. What the Professor of Lego will actually be doing, though, sounds even better. He or she will be director of the Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning. Here’s the link to the whole story.
The New York Times has an article about how kindergartens are re-focusing to bring purposeful play back into the classroom, an approach that the kids get to play and the teachers get to teach. Check it out!