Gamification in the classroom: The importance of feedback
Aug23

Gamification in the classroom: The importance of feedback

In our household, the end of summer is capped off with a visit to Science World in Vancouver, B.C.  For the kids it’s a chance to spend the day playing amongst exhibits, simulators and demonstrations.  For me it’s a chance to see how my own instructional practice stacks up against the highly engaging learning environment of this science and discovery centre.  With this most recent visit, it provided an opportunity to see...

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Starting gamification in the classroom?  Keep it simple
Aug19

Starting gamification in the classroom? Keep it simple

Science and discovery centres are great places to see some examples of gamification in action. They present poignant reminders that gamification does not need to be extremely complicated nor lengthy.  In an exhibit from RBC on the Science of Sports, Vancouver’s Science World sets in with some gamification before one even sets foot inside the exhibit. It also serves as a great example of gamification made simple. In keeping with...

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iPads in the Classroom: Sharing one iPad in the classroom
Aug14

iPads in the Classroom: Sharing one iPad in the classroom

Most of us do not have the luxury of accessing a classroom set of iPads.  Instead, many classrooms that have access to this technology may only have one or two iPads to share within a classroom. In the single iPad classroom, how can we best utilize the iPad in a way that it continues to support student learning across an entire classroom? How can we provide opportunities for students to interact with the iPad and access the...

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AirDrop in Education: Supporting iOS Video Production in the Classroom
Aug06

AirDrop in Education: Supporting iOS Video Production in the Classroom

Video production in the classroom is a way for students to document learning and demonstrate understanding.  The video production process itself is an exercise in problem solving, collaboration and teamwork.  Determining what you need to show and demonstrate to create an engaging video that an audience can follow and understand is an authentic application and extension of the writing process. (see Writingwithvideo.net) iOS devices...

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Powtoon: A closer look at this engaging presentation platform for the classroom
Jul23

Powtoon: A closer look at this engaging presentation platform for the classroom

Powtoon is a web-based presentation platform that allows the user to create animated presentations.  Originally designed for business, Powtoon may prove to be another way for students to “show what they know” and demonstrate understanding of a concept or learning expectation.  Educators can try Powtoon for free and for those looking for another alternative to PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, Powtoon may be worth checking out....

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