Costume Quest

Looking for Halloween Ideas? We’ve Got 9 Geeky Costumes For the Whole Family

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Halloween is right around the corner, and everybody’s number one question is “what’s your costume?” Some kids know immediately what to say, whether it’s a witch, a fairy princess, or a zombie bird of paradise with dragon wings and vampire fangs. But others have more trouble—I mean really, Halloween only comes once a year! It’s a big decision. And what if you, the parents, want to get involved too? Read More

Monument Valley

Not A Gamer? These 7 Games Might Change Your Mind.

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It’s okay to not be a gamer. A lot of my favorite people are non-gamers. There are, after all, millions of equally valid hobbies, and it can be hard to find the time or money to invest in a new pastime, especially one that requires (often expensive) hardware.

However, it’s equally plausible that you non-gamers out there just haven’t yet discovered your “gateway” game—that one, very special game that is just so fun, so interesting, so satisfying, that it gives you the confidence to try more games, and then more, until suddenly you’re...One of us!

For me, that game was the 1994 classic Crystal’s Pony Tale. For you, it will probably definitely be something else.

Below you’ll find a few of my favorite games for beginners. They’re cheap, they’re simple, and they just might get you hooked. And that’s a good thing. I promise. Read More

Angry Birds

A Master Teacher Advocates Powerful Games for Powerful Learning

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When I started my teaching career 15 years ago, a scenario in which teachers and their students were engaged together playing popular commercial video games sounded like a cool but highly unlikely idea. Recently, however, ideas and paradigms began to shift. Academics like James Paul Gee began to pay close attention to popular video games, considering them through the lens of learning theory. Researchers like Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkhueler began to explore the possibility of using popular games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization in an instructional capacity. Even noted game designers like Raph Koster suggested that rather than consider games digital diversions we should look at them as master teachers that make learning fun. Read More