Week 6: Reflection

Essential question: How are games providing new opportunities for differentiation in the classroom? There are so many opportunities to utilize games in education.  I think one of the most promising areas is serious games, in particular, simulations.  Heather's blog mentions using these simulations in the health care profession because there are less dire consequences when mistakes … Continue reading Week 6: Reflection

Week 6: How are games providing new opportunities for differentiation in the classroom?

Digital games have been around for decades, and it seems that their use has been studied in an educational environment with some success.  Serious games, which are defined to be fun, entertaining, and educational, have been studied and have been linked to increased user motivation, and are able to teach factual information. (Bellotti et al., … Continue reading Week 6: How are games providing new opportunities for differentiation in the classroom?

Week 6: What are the challenges in shifting content from “what” to “where” and “how”?

(The above graphic is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license. You’re free to share, reproduce, or otherwise use it, as long as you attribute it to the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.) In mathematics education, it has always been a struggle for me to utilize the upper levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.  In my early … Continue reading Week 6: What are the challenges in shifting content from “what” to “where” and “how”?

Week 5: What are your thoughts about “learning in the collective”?

  I couldn't help myself for creating a Star Trek reference!  For those that don't understand the insignia, it is the Borg symbol.  This is the only other time I have heard the term "collective". "The Borg Collective is the term used to define the forced combined consciousness of trillions of individuals, using technology. The … Continue reading Week 5: What are your thoughts about “learning in the collective”?

Week 4: What does the way you play have to do with embracing change and how does this impact you as a professional?

For me, this image summarizes the constant change of education.  The single wheel represents what education was in the past, the multi-wheel vehicle represents the new view of education today.  Although they both have the same purpose (traveling), the way they can travel is different.  That is how I view education.  Change is inevitable and the … Continue reading Week 4: What does the way you play have to do with embracing change and how does this impact you as a professional?