MOOCBusters

Last week Coursera announced an educational partnership with Discovery Communications  to offer Coursera MOOCs via their new web portal Curiosity.com.  As noted in the press release, Discovery Communications is the parent company for both The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet:

We’re excited at the potential of Curiosity.com to expand our reach and give students an additional channel for exploring their professional and personal interests among Coursera’s offerings, as well as among those of other available educational resources.

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Top #EdBlogs2013 Posts

2013 was a productive year that saw quite a bit of professional development and new thinking, highlighted by traveling, where I made new colleagues, and attending the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago. In reflecting on this year, +Eric Saibel has inspired colleagues who blog to share their most influential posts of 2013 for the #EdBlogs2013 series he’s collecting, and I’m honored to participate (read his own post here…). Continue reading

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First week of the GamesMOOC

This video is the introduction to the GamesMOOC for fall of 2013. Traditionally, the MOOC has been a great place to connect with and collaborate with like-minded professionals around the topic of game-based learning! This fall, the MOOC is focused (as focused as a MOOC can be, anyway) on the topics of Maker, Hacker and Gamer culture.…

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EdCampSFBay

I just participated in my first EdCamp at #edcampsfbay… this past Saturday, and I’m still feeling the adrenaline from it. The “unconference” was one of the single best experiences I’ve experienced of sitting in a room and having a conversation with other people who share interests and passions of mine. Continue reading

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GTACHI Reflections

It’s hard to know where to begin in describing the Google Teacher Academy… experience. As is often said, the two-day experience moves incredibly quickly, and you can be sure that all of our heads were already spinning from scripting, extensions, and maps by our first lunch. Continue reading

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Have You Got Game? A Brief Overview of Games in Education

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Games and Gamification are quickly becoming the new buzz words in education. While the concept of using games to teach is not new, recent innovations in technology make games much more useful for educators. The ……

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ISTE 2013 Reflections

I had an amazing experience at the 2013 ISTE conference in San Antonio this past week (June 22-26) and will be reflecting on it for quite some time, I’m sure. It was a different experience than I expected, but one that nonetheless exceeded all my expectations. My #iste13 notes… are public, and I welcome comments and questions to help me further reflect. Continue reading

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Dungeons & Discourse: One Instructor’s Adventure in Edu-Gaming

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Register for a free webinar featuring Dr. Petruzella
Dr. Petruzella will discuss his experience designing, building, and teaching his introductory philosophy edu-gaming course “Dungeons & Discourse,” a quest-based roleplaying game. This webinar is part of a ……

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Learning Lab: Social Learning, Curation and Gamification

On Monday I start taking part in a Learning Lab with the Masie Learning Consortium and using a tool called Curatr. The idea of the Lab is to get experience with the tool, using social learning and implementing gamification to the learning. 

Curatr encourages learners to create and curate content using gamification to reward and motivate. 

I’m just starting out on writing a paper on gamification in learning solutions so this is going to be great first hand experience of seeing it in action. 

I’ve also downloaded Curatr on my iPad to see how this works as a mobile learning experience and how they’ve designed their mobile app.…

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