Video Games Can Make Kids Healthier, Happier, And More Successful In School

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
September 29, 2015
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Video Games Can Make Kids Healthier, Happier, And More Successful In School
  • Jane McGonigal's new book about “learning how to be gameful in the face of extreme stress and personal challenge,” has just been released.
  • It turns out that approaching life as if it were a game can be extraordinarily empowering. The book describes all the scientific research supporting the ways in which individuals can benefit from adopting a gameful mindset.
  • McGonigal's biggest advice to parents and educators is to always ask a kid, “What makes this game hard? What does it take to be good at this game? What have you gotten better at since you started playing this game?” And then help them build a bridge from their favorite games to other areas of their life.
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Keywords: education, video games, gamification
Everything Teachers, Parents (And Players) Need To Know About 'Minecraft'
  • In Minecraft children are using creative problem solving abilities, number sense, spatial conceptualization, aesthetic sensibility, social-emotional skills, complex imaginative reasoning and they’re doing all of this in a collaborative multiplayer mode.
  • All around the globe, there are classrooms in which MinecraftEDU has become a teaching tool as fundamental as the chalkboard. In Northern Ireland, in fact, all of the schools use Minecraft.
  • These generation of Minecraft kids will grow up to change the life-world in ways that we can barely begin to imagine. But they need more guidance and support—less panic and paranoia.
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Keywords: education, video games, Minecraft, gamification
Who Are The 'Gifted And Talented' And What Do They Need?
  • There are around 3 million students in K-12 classrooms in the United States who could be considered academically gifted and talented. The education they get is the subject of a national debate about what our public schools owe to each child in the post-No Child Left Behind era.
  • When it comes to gifted children, there are three big questions: How to define them, how to identify them and how best to serve them. Instead of just focusing on the 50 percent of kids who are below average, teachers should be responsible for the half who are above average, too.
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Keywords: education, pedagogy, learning, gifted students
When Schools Overlook Introverts
The Atlantic
  • The way in which certain instructional trends—education buzzwords like “collaborative learning” and “project-based learning” and “flipped classrooms”—are applied often neglect the needs of introverts.
  • This growing emphasis in classrooms on group projects and other interactive arrangements can be challenging for introverted students who tend to perform better when they’re working independently and in more subdued environments.
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Keywords: education, pedagogy, trends, active learning, collaborative learning, psychology
How to Kick Off Blended Learning (Hint: It’s Not Just About Tech)
  • Not all teachers are ready to launch blended learning in their classrooms. That doesn’t mean they won’t be; it just means that schools have to individualize the approach to integrating technology. As professionals, teachers deserve the space and flexibility to rollout out new initiatives at their own pace.
  • Technology and personalized learning models need to support great teaching, not undermine it. So we’ve adopted an approach that allows teachers to develop strong class culture and tight management prior to adding technology.
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Keywords: blended learning, teachers, technology
"Creative Teacher" Is Not an Oxymoron
  • What is a creative teacher? There is no such thing as perfectly creative teacher or a non-creative teacher. The act of teaching demands creativity specially when creating learning plans.
  • There is a perception that some teachers are gifted with natural creativity but truly creative teachers are not so gifted in creation but they are masters at gleaning ideas from all kinds of sources.
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Keywords: creativity, teaching, teacher development, teachers
Academics: leave your ivory towers and pitch your work to the media
The Guardian
  • Publishing in academic journals is prestigious, but sharing your ideas with a wider audience is exciting and full of unexpected rewards. It would be great if more academics didn’t shy away from writing for the media and communicating with average people.
  • But writing for the public is not always easy, even for those willing to make the leap. “One of the things we professors could use is a little journalism 101,” says Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University.
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Keywords: academia, research, academics, social media, blogging
Nepris Partners with LinkedIn to Bring Experts to Classrooms
Education News
  • LinkedIn has partnered with Nepris. The goal is to educate students about the real-world applications of their school subjects and to provide them with information about possible career paths.
  • A teacher will submit a request to Nepris detailing the subject they want to teach to their students. Then, the company posts these requests on LinkedIn where professionals can volunteer to participate.
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Keywords: career paths, professional orientation
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