Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Any plans to open a school out west?
New York to open game-focused school this fall
Shared via AddThis
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
"What if every type of learner, every student would find a niche or a unique way to demonstrate their understanding of the material? Since this was a world history class, they would have to learn history, geography and some 40 chapters of a textbook. Could this be accomplished by playing a game?"
You can read the story of Global Challenge here.
Thanks to Brent Pottenger and Brian Geremia at Academic Impact for their encouragement and support of this article, Mike Powers for his on-going “technical support” - and Britt Easterling and Katie Murphy for their feedback and enthusiasm. Special thanks are also in order for family and friends.
I also appreciate the help with editing and guidance provided by Colleen Belcher and Ben Ilfield at Sacramento Press
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Why post this on Right Brain World? If you’re a right brain student, it’s sometimes easier and more interesting to learn through projects. During the playing of Global Challenge, it's often important to be a big concept thinker. Your vision or understanding of where things are headed could help guide students who do not see things in this way. Left brain students are sure to thrive too, since their keen skills in analysis are necessary to getting many things done in the game. You'll quickly find out how much the two "hemispheres" need one another.
Here’s a quick analysis:
Right brain students will see historical patterns, put together creative plans, help create team logos, theme music, design currency, formulate plots, or interpret the behavior of other players.
Left brain students will enjoy calculating strategies based on per capita incomes, put together spread sheets to keep track of money, points, armies, teams, facts, etc. They will help in providing the much needed order and structure to keep the game moving forward.
The great part about this game, honestly, is that there is something for every type of learner.
If you’re a creative teacher, you’ll be free to integrate the arts. Have your students create theme songs, design team logos or a new look for the classroom itself. If you’re into the idea of integrating technology, then you may want to find creative ways to use Facebook or Twitter, create a class blog or wiki. It’s all up to you. Global Challenge will provide you the overall framework – and you can take it from there.
I hope you will give it a try.