Friday, August 10, 2012

Fun review of concepts

I think this avenue is something I could use with students who finish their work early.  It would be rewarding for them, but the right type of game can support concept learning as well.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gaming for Students

I appreciated the enthusiasm with which this presentation was delivered.  I haven't had time to delve into the gaming sites yet, but I plan to use Gamestar Mechanic site as an after school club with students.  Lisa N.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Andria Stokes Presentation

Play in education is nothing new. In the July 31st cover of The Chronicle for Higher Education the following quote appeared,
     Among the many who have been influenced by Vygotsky is Deborah J. Leong,
     the author, along with Elena Bodrova, of Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian 
     Approach to Early Childhood Education, an attempt to turn his theories
     into practical classroom techniques. Leong, a professor emerita of
     psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver, points out that
     when young children are pretending, they often use bigger words
     than they normally would and fully inhabit their roles, like mini Method actors.
     If they're playing doctor, for instance, they might say 'injection' or 'thermometer.'
     Recently she watched a group of preschoolers pretending to work at a
     well-known chain hardware store. 'Welcome to Home Depot,' a 4-year-old said.
      'You can do it, we can help.' Meanwhile another group of children,
      who were pretending to be airport screeners, informed a would-be
      passenger that a bottle she was carrying was larger than the permitted three ounces.

Although play may look different with today's children the fact that people not only enjoy but learn from simulation experiences is evident. The art of play a game is one teachers should embrace and provide in each classroom to encourage our students to learn the most natural way they can. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Join the Game

This space is for participants of the July 31st Day of Learning.
 Please add your post to this section of the Ridiculous Innovation blog.
 Share your creations and curations with us. Also feel free to share your thoughts, learnings, and concerns as you go through this process.