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Video Games in Class–A Professional Development Course Part One

Part One:  Integrating a game into your lessons 1.  Decide what to teach.  Start with your list of Principles and Concepts you want to teach in the semester.  Games are good for conveying vocabulary and facts, but their true advantage is in conveying abstract or complex concepts. 2.  Find a game.  Consult the list of video games […]

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Video games in Class–a Teacher Development Course Introduction

Video Games in the classroom-A Professional Development Course  Video Games like Immune Attack present scientific concepts in an intuitive format.  Watching a cell react to a chemical signal in a movie like Inner Life of the Cell is helpful in visualizing the concepts of cell biology.  But it is much more memorable if we must […]

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Here is the view from your Microbot cockpit.

Welcome to Immune Defense

Our new game is a two dimensional strategy game called Immune Defense.  Seven kinds of white bloods cells can be bought and deployed in the never-ending, always-escalating war against 15 viral and bacterial pathogens. Part 1 of Immune Defense to be released February 1, 2013.  Part 2 will be ready for beta testing In June, […]

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Upcoming Event: What Can a Video Game Teach?

Melanie Stegman, yours truly, will be presenting her research on Immune Attack, development of the sequal and all about using game to teach and learn.  April 23, 6PM.  At the FabLab on North Capitol at P.  If you have made a game, bring it with you!  Please Register Here. Video Games can teach science by presenting […]

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Teacher made an Immune Attack Demonstration video!

Check out this great Immune Attack demonstration video!! If you would like to see what Immune Attack is exactly like, watch MrKenbinkley’s video of himself playing Immune Attack! Spoiler alert!  This video is better if you are a teacher, and less interesting if you are a PLAYER!  If you are a student and you are […]

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Teachers role in a high tech classroom

Everyone seems to have an opinion about teacher’s role in the classroom of the future.  Some claim that teachers should get out of the way and let kids simply have unfettered access to the internet.  Others imagine a classroom in which teachers curate the vast world of information that is available and facilitate students’ understanding.  [...]

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March Learning Tech Newsletter. Educational Molecules for Fun

We need you Are you a teacher with access to PC computers?  Test IA in your classroom!  We spent 2010 developing an excellent test of learning and attitudes toward molecular biology.  Now we need students in 7th – 12th grades to play IA1.0 for 2 class periods and and then take our survey.  Please register [...]

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2011 is the Year of Chemistry

www.moleclues.org is a website where you can learn about the things molecules do… like make us fall in love, for instance. The people behind Moleclues and the Year of Chemistry are The Molecular Frontiers Foundation. Moleclues wants you to know that 2011 is the international YEAR OF CHEMISTRY!  Watch their videos about chemistry, there will [...]

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STEM Video Game Challenge!

STEM Challenge!       This fall the first  National STEM Video Game Challenge invited professional, collegiate, and youth developers to submit prototypes of games to inspire STEM learning for kids pre-k to 4th grade.  The winners will be announced soon.  You can get your students or yourself involved next year! Read about the contest [...]

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Find the fun in immunology

To build appreciation for the science of immunology, we need to find the fun in it. Many thousands of people spend their lives in windowless laboratories, standing day in and day out, barely speaking to their silent lab mates, often working in a 4°C room, or holding their arms up for hours while they conduct [...]

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