Enhancing Civic Education with Game-Based Learning

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We are experiencing a rising tide of advocacy for high quality civic education across the nation. There is also increasing interest and promising research around the impact that gamification can play in instructional design. Therefore, how might we leverage the power of gamification and game-based learning to enhance civic education? Why Simulations? Let’s start with […]

The Transformation of History Instruction

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Technology has forever changed the way that History classes are taught.  Once, not very long ago, history classes relied upon two key sources of information: the teacher and the textbook. Students read the textbook, and then the teachers shared their vast knowledge, usually through lecture.  Research assignments were key, but they were limited by the […]

Digital Storytelling Revisited

Digital Storytelling Revisited

Storytelling has always been a significant part of education. In learning to tell stories, students explore sequencing, descriptive language, writing, fluency, adding details, and much more. The act of being able to tell and write a cohesive story is a critical communication skill for all students to develop. In addition to telling stories, there is […]

The Evolution of Civic Engagement

The digital revolution has provided many new and enhanced opportunities for civic action.

Civic engagement has been a foundational element of our nation since its inception.  But it is undeniable that the rapid shifts in our world have also shifted what civic engagement means and looks like.  These changes have created exciting new opportunities to learn, connect and engage with others, yet have also surfaced new challenges in […]

The Crossroads of Design Thinking & 3D Printing

The Crossroads of Design Thinking & 3D Priting

Why Design Thinking? How Might We Create meaningful learning environments for students?  This is a huge question to tackle and one with countless reasonable answers.  Whether classrooms embrace Project Based Learning, Inquiry Based Instruction, Personalized Learning, or another other framework for a classroom experience, the intention tends to be universal.  Educators want to create the […]