Friday, November 8, 2013

Playtime Online 23: SimCityEDU Office Hours

Playtime Online 23: SimCityEDU Office Hours featuring me as guest panelist! :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gaming for Social Good | Edutopia

Can video games make the world a better place? Read why in my latest Edutopia blog post, Gaming for Social Good: 
Gaming for Social Good | Edutopia

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

HotChalk Interview: "Teacher Makes Classes Seem More Like Video Games"

I was recently interview about "gamification" and game-based learning. Here's the link to the article that appeared on HotChalk's "Inspired Teachers" page:

Friday, April 12, 2013

IOSSBR Spring Conference

Below is a picture from today's International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavior Research (IOSSBR) Spring Conference ( in which I attended and co-presented "Gaming and K-12 Curriculum Integration."  The conference was at Trump Plaza, in Atlantic City.  We're on page 20 in the program, page 21 of the PDF.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Video Game Design in the Social Studies Classroom

This week, my 6th grade social studies students conducted research about medieval European topics, then they each remixed, "modded" (modified), or created brand new flash-based video games.  They also wrote a reflective essay that explains how their game relates to their researched findings.  I used a completely constructivist teaching style, only giving students a short overview, then links to a YouTube tutorial and a PDF step-by-step.  No actual coding is required; programming commands are put together by matching color-coded interlocking bricks, although practical knowledge of math (angles, degrees, x, y plane) is inherent in game design.  Video game design is not only engaging, and part of STEM (, but it also challenges learners to consider how to teach to the topic they are tasked to study.

This video link fully explains Scratch's potential as a learning tool:  Scratch is a free download from MIT Media Labs:

Below are links to some of my student's examples (click each picture to play):

Scratch Project Scratch Project Scratch Project Scratch Project

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Interview in Streaming Media Magazine

I was recently interviewed by Streaming Media magazine about video in the classroom.  My interview is in the February/March 2013 issue.  Here's the link to the article, The State of Education Video

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Look For Me In NJEA Magazine

I wrote a reflection about the class-created iPad book my students authored and submitted it to NJEA Review magazine.   My article appears in the February issue, which will be mailed this week to all NJEA members.  The article, titled Have Your Students Write an Ebook, appears on p. 18. Here's the link to the PDF version (the article begins on p. 20 in the PDF):