1) Columbia School of Journalism grad student Qi Chen just posted a great article about teaching with video games. Really interesting overview of how I, along with a few other teachers, have been employing commercial video games in our classes. Check it out!
2) I walked away from SXSW edu yesterday feeling excited. It was amazing to see people from such a wide array of backgrounds working to create and use educational technology. Some highlights:
a) Adapative Technology that can analyze what students know and then determine what they should learn next.
b) Historia for social studies!
c) Sunnyside USD’s Project Graduation
d) Atlantis Remixed, which is especially cool for the way it turns abstract concepts, like persuasive writing, into game mechanics.