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Oct 19, 2017 5:11:16 AM

Resources for Code Week: Programming Games

Programming is becoming ever more important in today’s world. With many services and tasks becoming digital, the ability to both understand and write code is certainly not getting less crucial anytime soon!

Currently, there are several events designed to get people of all ages introduced to coding, such as Hour of Code and Europe Code Week. These events are a great way to get into coding with the support of an international community.

Here at TeacherGaming, we are all about learning through gameplay, so read on below for a list of some great games to use during Code Week:

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Oct 16, 2017 4:51:12 AM

Game-Based Learning: A Hands-On Experiment

Finnish elementary school began a new era on the tenth of August with the new school year. Just prior to this, I took part in Bittileiri (Finnish for “bit camp”), a cross between a summer camp and LAN party.

Read on to find out what TeacherGaming got up to with the campers:

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Oct 12, 2017 6:12:52 AM

STEM Projects for Kids

STEM projects for kids are a great way to engage students in scientific subjects. They serve to bridge the gap between learning and playing, providing kids with an opportunity to learn by doing something fun and understandable. Would you rather read about the physics at work with parachutes or try them out in real life with eggs and miniature parachutes?

As fun and educational as DIY projects such as these can be, they can’t hope to illustrate everything satisfactorily. For projects that are too great in scope or complex to simulate in real life, you can utilize educational games!

Read on below for ideas on for a few games that provide excellent opportunities for projects that are both informative and exciting:

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Oct 5, 2017 6:34:53 AM

Edugames: Making a Teaching Game

Edugames (also known as learning games and educational games) can be great tools in the classroom, if they meet your needs. But have you ever wondered how these products are created? Some are specifically designed to feature a crucial theme which dictates how the gameplay works, whereas others are originally commercial games that have been adapted into educational formats.

Read on below to learn more about this fascinating genre:

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Sep 28, 2017 3:00:30 AM

Typing Games: Touch Typing Made Fun

Typing games are games that teach you touch typing as you play. When it comes to 21st century skills, few are as widely useful and easily taught with video games as touch typing. Typing games give purpose to the practice of repeated exercises, making it easier to stay motivated and keep on practicing until touch typing is mastered. This crucial skill is useful for anyone who writes with a computer - that is to say, pretty much everyone in today’s world!

Read on below to learn about a particularly good typing game: Epistory - The Typing Chronicles.

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Sep 21, 2017 6:12:48 AM

Games in the Classroom: The Kokoa Education Standard

Games in classroom settings are the present and future of education. When it comes to classroom engagement and teaching, few things can come as close as learning games. Students typically dislike activities where they are not actively engaging in the learning process - that is to say, activities such as lectures, videos and other passive tasks that feature little to no learner engagement. With games, you get the students to not only actively engage but learn with a medium that they love. But what about the quality of those games?

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Sep 14, 2017 4:32:51 AM

Teaching with Games: Commercial or Learning Games?

Teaching with games is an exciting and relatively new opportunity. It can be challenging, even daunting, to determine which game is best for your educational needs. But what about the differences between commercial games and the ones designed solely for educational purposes - also known as learning games?

Read on for ideas on how to use both types of games both at home and at school:

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Sep 7, 2017 4:47:24 AM

Teaching With Games: A Short Primer For Newbies

Wondering whether teaching with games is for you? We've prepared a short quickstart guide that should be able to answer some of the burning questions you might have. What should you know upfront? What are the pros? How about the cons? Read on to find out.

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Aug 31, 2017 7:27:00 AM

5 Great Educational Science Games for the Classroom

It can be hard to figure out which games make for the best educational tools. Where there once was little choice, there are now thousands of learning games you couldn't possibly test all by yourself, but we are here to make the process a little easier for you. Below are five examples of excellent educational games that bring on the science in the classroom!

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Jun 13, 2017 3:38:47 AM

Beginners’ Guide: How to Assess the Learning Outcomes of Educational Games

Using games in classroom is mostly pretty great: students are engaged, and you get to be the cool teacher who lets them play. For most teachers, however, the fun and games tend to end when it’s time to assess how and what students actually learned from the experience.

All of a sudden, you need to squeeze the enthusiastic chitter-chatter and bright-eyed discovery into a grade. How do you assess something that might be unique for each student? Something that doesn’t fit the scoring card?

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