Minecraft meets Hour of Code

We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by Code.org. This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting!  Designers and developers from Mojang and Microsoft teamed up with Code.org to create a…

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Imagine Cup Earth, an exciting new contest for students!

  Code With NASA Science! Imagine Cup Earth is a new contest for students ages 6-18 in which you’ll use computer programming to create a game, simulation, or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day. 18 winning students will win prizes totaling $36,000! You can read…

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Introducing Creative Coding through Games and Apps - a free course!

We are excited to announce the availability of a new course to get your students hooked on computer science! Creative Coding through Games and Apps is now available for schools across the world, for free!  Creative Coding through Games and Apps engages early-teens in their first extended exploration of computer science. Students learn how to code by…

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Building formative assessment into game-based learning - an innovative example!

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c2-kYxNyMc#t=10:0:0] Game-based learning (GBL) is an innovative practice that is working to engage kids in learning important 21st century skills and content. In this sixth grade classroom at Quest to Learn, ongoing feedback is embedded throughout the course of a collaborative geography game called Galactic Mappers. Check it out! Game-based learning is predicted to take the…

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Game based learning – what it is and why everyone is talking about it

Game based learning, commonly referred to as “gamification”, is predicted to take the education sector by storm as the awareness of 21st Century learning increases throughout the world. So what is this phenomenon? Game-based learning is a powerful new way of thinking for students. When a child progresses through a game, they are learning; if…

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