Using Games in the Classroom

December 3, 2014

Katrina Schwartz's blog post for  MindShift on November 24, 2014 entitled, "Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom" brings to light the many barriers to implementing game-based ...

Serious Games into the K-16 Classroom with Victoria Van Voorhis

November 19, 2014

In this video talk with Victoria Van Voorhis of Rochester discusses the challenges in taking serious games and interactive media from the margins to the mainstream across the K-16 spectrum. Her essent...

Institute of Play Design Pack: Game-like Learning Curriculum

July 2, 2014

"What if every unit in your class felt like a level in a game?  What if your students were so engaged, they couldn't wait to show off what they know and get to the next level?  What if learning, col...

Institute of Play Design Pack: Systems Thinking

July 2, 2014

Teachers at Quest to Learn schools and staff at Institute of Play use the tools in this Systems Thinking Design Pack to support teachers and students in building knowledge and skills in systems thinki...

Institute of Play Design Pack: Games and Learning

July 2, 2014

"What if teachers could harness their creativity and knowledge to engage students in new and exciting ways?  What if teachers supported each other in becoming designers of their own games for learnin...

It’s Here! SXSWedu Announces 2014 Playground Schedule

February 6, 2014

We’re absolutely thrilled to share the newly unveiled official schedule for the SXSWedu 2014 Playground, which we're co-sponsoring with Xerox. The SXSWedu Playground is an interactive learning sp...

SnapThought™, a Photo Reflection Tool

October 18, 2013

This screencast illustrates a new photo reflection tool which changes game play in the classroom. Learn how students can take screenshots and write comments on key moments of certain games on GameUp. ...

Brain Points: A Growth Mindset Reward Structure Boosts Player Persistence!

October 17, 2013

Brain Points: A Growth Mindset Reward Structure Boosts Player Persistence in Refraction By: Eleanor O'Rourke Psychologist Carol Dweck has made an interesting discovery. She and her colleagues have...

Playful Learning with Nick Fortugno

March 28, 2013

In this lecture, game designer Nick Fortugno, CCO of Playmatics and creator of Ayiti: the Cost of Life, inspires us to think beyond games as assessment tools, and consider the fundamental characterist...

Creative Assessment at Quest to Learn School

March 28, 2013

Last Friday, I had the honor of being one of the judges for the the Rube Goldberg Machines Boss Level at NYC's Quest 2to Learn School. With all of debate surrounding assessment, it was refreshing to...