EdGamer Special: On the Road at GLS!

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This week, Gerry, half of the EdGamer team, took a trip to the Games+Learning+Society Conference (GLS8) in Madison, Wisconsin. This annual conference, in its 8th year, is the pinnacle event in the gaming and learning (education) world and features guest speakers and committee members such as Dr. James Paul Gee (ASU), Dr. Kurt Squire (UW-Madison), Crystle Martin (UW-Madison) and Eric Zimmerman … [Read more...]

EdGamer 54: Summer Prep for Games Next School Year

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  It’s summer time on EdGamer this week...well at least for some of us. In episode 54 we figure out what steps teachers would need to take this summer to get ready to use games in the classroom next year. We include some valuable links to resources and also look ahead to some great summer conferences you should consider attending! Watch out, it’s another don’t miss episode of … [Read more...]

Real Quick… Have You Seen the Qwiki App?

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Here at EdReach, we are big fans of the educational tool Qwiki. (Did you notice the Qwiki of the Day on the sidebar?) For those of you who have not yet have the pleasure of experiencing Qwiki, it is a fantastic tool that allows you to learn about literally millions of different topics in a matter of moments. According to Wikipedia, “Qwiki is a platform that creates interactive, on-the-fly, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Failure: It’s About the People, Not the Technology

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What happens when you throw a bunch of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) in the middle of the Arizona desert for a week of sharing and learning? Some pretty amazing things! It was an absolute honor to be able to attend the ADE Summer Institute with such a phenomenal group of educators. The week-long institute was an opportunity for me to share, learn, and grow in ways I had never imagined. … [Read more...]

MacReach Show #21: School is Still in Session with iTunesU!

School may be out for the summer, but iTunesU is still in session! Christine DiPaulo and Scott Meech join me this week to talk about all the great content and resources available on iTunesU, and some really great summer travel apps! MacNews: FaceTime on your TV as part of the iOS 5 update? How to prepare your Mac for Lion! EdMac: Apple Education Summer Semester Webcasts are free to … [Read more...]

EdGamer 18: Bad Gaming Idea for Eminem

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Welcome to EdGamer Episode 18! As we creep closer and closer to our 20th episode we dive deeper into the world of mass gaming. Our topics of interest this week include a look at just how fast gaming is growing through social media, the way social media is corrupting the image of gaming, and how businesses are using gaming as educational tools. We also check out a great site for students where they … [Read more...]

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There has been a tide of discussion on where schools are headed and what they should do to correct themselves.  My thoughts go directly to one weakness, problem solving.  How can I make my students (and my own children) better at this skill?  Problem (or at least what I see) We need “Good deed doers,” divergent thinkers, and problem solvers.  We need students who don’t need to be … [Read more...]

My Teacher To-Do List for the Summer

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My summer seems to be pretty busy and I am always feeling like I am doing mindless tasks.  I made a conscious effort to make sure that I was completing activities that worked the mind this summer.  The list below shows most of the activities that I am involved with during my “vacation.” Teacher Feast- This is a week long training camp for teachers to learn technology for the classroom.  It is a … [Read more...]