This week, I'm too busy reading to write -- every time I turn around, I'm swamped by another awesome article, idea, or thought provoking piece. So for this week I'm sharing other people's words: here's a round up of the top five articles making the social media rounds.
1. No Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children
I love that we've reached the point where even people without access to technology can start teaching coding skills. This article over at Mindshift highlights some amazing games teachers can use to introduce coding concepts without a single piece of tech on hand.
2. Let's Ban Bans in the Classroom
Here, John Jones makes a compelling argument against banning technology in the classroom, pointing out the flaws in studies on multitasking and asking the important question: "Why must we ask the 21st century to wait outside our classrooms?" Definitely worth a read if you've ever questioned the wisdom of tech in your class.
3. Fact or Fiction?: Video Games are the Future of Education
This interesting article from back in September sees Elena Malykhina do a great job of summarizing both the pros and cons of games based education. It explores some of the ways innovative teachers use games, and discusses the need for balance in all things.
4. What Video Games Can Teach Us
This article over at Science News for Students is excellent reading for kids and teachers alike. Emily Sohn carefully explores the benefits of video games after a previous installation considering criticisms of violent video games. This article is clear and intelligent, a great counterpoint to many video game critics.
5. The Assassin's Creed Curriculum: Can Video Games Teach Us History?
This one's not so new either, but Molly Osberg does an amazing job of considering the role actual history plays in historical games, and how much we can learn from playing them. (As a side note -- I love all the women writing about video games in education. So awesome!).
These are the five articles that caught my attention this week.
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What's the best video game article you read this week?
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