This article in The Guardian shows how effective the face-to-face direct social interaction of gaming can be for helping people understand and experience difficult topics and events.
Brenda Romera gave a fascinating TED talk about designing a game for/with her 7-year old to explain the Middle Passage. [ted id=1432]
Educators and families alike are in a sort of conundrum when it comes to entertaining their brood. Part of you wants something fast, part of you wants something that will entertain them for long periods of time – that they will genuinely enjoy, but that won’t take a lot of work on your personal part.
Would you teach kindergarteners about atoms? What about genetic patterns of inheritance? Most people might scoff at the idea of introducing such scientific concepts at such an early age, but gamification is a growing trend in education that can effectively engage students in complex topics.
Reading is one of the most important skills a child will ever learn. To live a productive life one needs to be able to read, to be literate. In most schools, children are expected to be able to read simple sentences and stories by the end of first grade. By third grade, they are expected to be able to read almost any kind of text. As well as being able to “sound out” regularly spelled words, children must also master reading basic, common sight words.
Hackbright Academy is a software engineering school for women, and they’ve posted an article listing six things you can do to “create future innovators and leaders”. The article probably should have been titled “six things you can do to prepare your kids for engineering,” but the six things are still great ideas. Read them all right here.
The elimination diet isn’t about losing weight, but about losing screen time. Reducing or eliminating screen time can do wonders to improve your relationship with your kids. I know it has for my family. Here’s a testimonial from a blog called Preschool Engineering.
NewsMax just ran an article on ten games that help improve memory. They’re fun and mostly free, and a great reminder that educational games aren’t just for kids. They help us stay sharp throughout our lives. Here’s the link.
[Editor’s Note: There’s a great memory game that NewsMax apparently missed, written by yours truly and published by ThinkFun: Distraction]
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and the idea is to integrate these disciplines because they are so closely intertwined. Instead of having classes that are isolated from each other, lessons are taught that complement each other. Engineering problems show up in math lessons, for example. STEM toys, as you might imagine, are growing…
Which comes first, interest or expertise? Is a Scrabble player good at spelling because she plays Scrabble, or is she good at playing Scrabble because she’s good at spelling? The truth is it doesn’t matter. There’s crazy power in the relationship between interest and expertise, and it’s time we started taking advantage of it.