X-boxes in the Classroom, Really?
Oct04

X-boxes in the Classroom, Really?

Todays blog continues the Digital Games and Kids series with a story of using popular X-box games in the classroom. This short video is a great exerpt from Good Games Spawn Point , the Australian Broadcasting Corporations’s kids show that  reviews new games out.  This segment features  an interview with Head Science Teacher Alice Leung, who uses X-box games in the classroom.  She uses games like Formula 1, Sonic and Sega All...

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Is it ‘game over, Princess?’
Oct04

Is it ‘game over, Princess?’

Today’s blog in this series on Digital Games and Kids,  is  kid’s formal education and gaming.  What does the research say about this topic?   One article I found that  provides a good summary of research into Leaning and gaming is ‘Our Princess Is in Another Castle, A Review of Trends in Serious Gaming’, by Michael F Young and colleagues in 2012.  I love the title.  Serious games, by the way,  are those which...

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Broccoli dipped in chocolate is still broccoli!
Oct02

Broccoli dipped in chocolate is still broccoli!

Part of the ‘Are digital games bad for kids?‘ series (which was the first post). My son’s biggest fear when I told him I was going to do this series, and focus on learning, was that I was going to write about  things called ‘Educational games’ – you know, like learning the ABC.  He said, ‘You know, that’s not real gaming, Mum.’  The inference was of course that this series would be...

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Oct01

New Blog series: Ist of October we are launching our new website with a blog series ‘Are digital games bad for kids?’.  The aim is to post one blog per week day for the month of October.  It is part of a challenge, graciously hosted by The Nestor. Please, follow us, join in the discussion.  Click Are Digital Games bad for kids? for  contents page and first post. The blog series explores the element of digital games that...

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iPad movie making a big hit for year nines
Sep02

iPad movie making a big hit for year nines

We recently ran a program for year nines at the Light Horse Museum, Mudgeeraba.  Thirty grade nine students from Southport State High descended on the museum to create short digital stories about the ANZAC spirit that count towards their history assessment.  They worked in groups of four, and showed there movies at the end of the day.  It was a fabulous effort, and most of the class had never used an iPad before.  The school  staff...

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