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Responsible Digital Citizenship

I'm going to give you an overview of Common Sense Education's (CSE) Digital Citizenship curriculum & resources. If you want more on what Common Sense does, check out my previous post called "Use Some Common Sense". SOCIAL MEDIA STATISTICS According to a recent Pew Research Center (PRC) study, 69% of all American adults use some [...]

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Use Some Common Sense

INTRO While I'm somewhat inclined to break into a diatribe about the lack of common sense exhibited even amongst the highly educated in society, that's not what this is about. This post is meant as an introduction to Common Sense Media's Education (CSE) platform (formerly known as Graphite) instead. You may have heard of Common Sense [...]

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Star Talking Video

A Video of the Discussion Between Neil deGrasse Tyson & Carmen Fariña This is connected to my previous post Star Talking synthesizing what I learned from the conversation between Carmen Fariña, the current New York City Schools Chancellor, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist and author, at the NYC Department of Education's summer STEM Institute. I don't believe there was any professional [...]

Farina and Tyson

Star Talking

18 Takeaways From the Discussion Between Neil deGrasse Tyson & Carmen Fariña I had the pleasure of hearing two well-known former New York students and current New York educators discuss the strengths and flaws of our modern educational system. Carmen Fariña, the current New York City Schools Chancellor, had a riveting conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the [...]

Flash Dies

The Death of Flash (and how to work around it)

The internet gurus have long said the death of Adobe’s Flash player is inevitable, but, like Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th,  it just won't stay down. The animation and game software that you once loved though will soon be officially gone. Flash is from a bygone Netscape era and once served a purpose for older [...]

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A New Reality

This post is part of a continuing series on game-based learning in connection to the Games For Change Festival. If you’re interested in seeing what lies ahead in educational gaming, I suggest following the Games for Change organization. You can also look at Glass Lab Games, Schell Games, and Filament Games who are all pushing the boundaries [...]

Visualizing The Rules of Games and Learning

This post is part of a continuing series on game-based learning in connection to the Games For Change Festival.Sometimes studies on pedagogical practice can be complex, and most teachers just want to know what can I do today to benefit my students. It helps me to be able to visualize the information, so put together [...]

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And the Winner Is..

This post is part of a continuing series on game-based learning in connection to the Games For Change Festival. In an environment where innovators strive to make and utilize games to impact real world changes, there are always some games and some people who set themselves apart as exemplary. The Games for Change award winners [...]