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Links for Tuesday, February 7: Layered multitasking, avoiding online scams, and questioning Khan Academy

Happy Tuesday–today I’ve got three links to share with you and hope you’ll take some time this week to look over each of them. Layering: Multitasking That Actually Works: This article details a tactic I’ve always used to stay up-to-date … Read

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Monday morning links for December 12, 2011

Here are three things I read over the weekend and thought I’d share with you. iPad 2 as a serious writing machine: An interesting counter-argument to my leave your iPad keyboard at home argument. James Kendrick shares the tools (both … Read

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Scribblenauts, the creative puzzle-solving game, now available for iOS

One of my favorite games for the Nintendo DS handheld platform has made its way to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Scribblenauts Remix is a combination of 40 levels from the original Scribblenauts and Super Scribblenauts for Nintendo’s handheld, … Read

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Learn physics with Portal for free (but hurry!)

You know how I’m saying the best games for learning aren’t the quote-unquote educational games? If you hurry up, you can pick up one of the best examples of such a game for free. Through September 20 (that’s tomorrow) you … Read

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How gamers with disabilities adapt to poor game design

Here’s an interesting piece from Wired.com on efforts being made to make video games more accessible by allowing button mappings–the settings that determine what happens when I push button A versus button B versus buttons A and B together. This … Read

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Does your brain need a gym membership?

Brain games are taking off, as noted in this article about Lumosity, an online, subscription-based “brain gym.” The article notes the universal applicability of these games, designed to boost cognitive skills–stock traders, actors, and pilots are among the 14 million … Read

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What is gamification?

Here’s something I learned the other day: The last megahit educational software title was Where in the World in Carmen Sandiego?. It was released in 1985. What happened after that? Educational “games” became more about learning and less about being … Read

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Using games and peer mentors to teach STEM

Here’s a video of a neat project from a couple of years ago. Be the Game, an educational program in Washington, D.C., used video games to teach science, technology, engineering, and math. There were a couple of twists: First, kids … Read

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Holiday gift guide 2010: Part 2

Here is the second half of our two-part gift guide for the technology enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list.  If you missed it last week, check out Part 1 to see more of our favorite toys of 2010.  Happy shopping! … Read

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Recap: TEDxKC

Last week Aaron, Nate, and I attended a TED talk hosted in Kansas City.  I loved every bit of it and had the opportunity to watch some spectacular presentations. Game designer, Jane McGonigal believes the emotions and skill required to … Read

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