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April 15, 2014

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Gen i Revolution: gaming personal finance and designing a new mission

Gen i Revolution: gaming personal finance and designing a new mission

Please share this with teachers of business, economics, social studies and game design. I only recently discovered Gen i Revolution, the web-based personal finance game that challenges 7th through 12th grades students with a series of missions covering such concepts as: building capital, investing in human capital, budgeting, credit, risk and return, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, [...]

Teens Review ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’, ‘Salute’ and ‘Music Speaks’ | Music and Games

Music Speaks, by Candice Glover

Tired of boy bands? Our teen reviewers think Little Mix and Candice Glover offer welcome respite. Gamers will be happy to know that Shadow Fall kicks the Killzone franchise up a notch.

Board Games to Support the Common Core

Board Games to Support the Common Core

Christopher Harris believes that board gaming is a strong contender to become the “Next Big Thing” in schools. Yet no sector of education has laid claim to it. Could libraries be the place where gaming flourishes?

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You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies

You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies

Many popular fanfiction stories are based on books that can be found in school libraries: The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and, of course, Harry Potter. For most fanfiction authors, though, that’s where the connection between fanfiction and school ends: they’ve never been asked by a teacher or librarian about their out-of-school writing.

Ways to Welcome Fanfiction in Schools

When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interaction Fiction Game

“You hear a lot about gaming and engaging kids in STEM subjects, says teacher Jason Sellers. “So, I wondered, what does gaming look like in English?” Sellers, a teacher at the French American International School in San Francisco, found out, basing a classroom lesson in Playfic, an online community where users write, share, and play games using Inform 7, a programming system for creating interactive fiction based on natural language.

Visual Literacy and Media Literacy QuickLink: Brutally Honest Oscar Posters

Just in case you missed this gallery of reimagined posters for the Best Picture Oscar nominees when College Humor debuted it last month…

News Bites: YALSA and Best Buy Partner to Close Digital Divide for Teens

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Every time Best Buy Mobile opens a new location in the U.S., YALSA will designate a public or school library in the vicinity to receive $2,000 from Best Buy to purchase digital library resources for teens. That library will take part in a community celebration to promote the partnership.

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Exploring Common Core’s Informational Text… with Violent Video Games

I’ll hazard that many of us don’t immediately think “games” when we think of “transliteracy,” but why not?

U.S. State Department Launches Online Game to Aid English Learners

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The U. S. government has joined the list of organizations using gaming to enhance learning. This week, the Department of State released a new game to give English-language students a hands-on way to augment their mastery of English.

Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education

Teachers don’t have to teach Harry Potter, Captain America, or World of Warcraft, but they can allow students to build their writing on these stories.

BrainPop Game(s)Up on the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks [...]

BrainPop Game(s)Up on the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks [...]

BrainPop Game(s)Up the election

At the ISLMA Conference last week, Lisa Perez of Chicago Public Schools shared  BrainPop’s election resources (free through Election Day) and its new GameUp features, that she has found valuable in gamifying professional development with the librarians in her district.
Although because of Sandy we are without power at home and school, the kind folks [...]

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Lively Roundtable

” I can see where it’s alarming to see your kid looking like a corpse, but it’s all part of rebellion, of saying the “regular” world of mortgages and wars and nuclear meltdown frightens them and they want to distance themselves from it…”

How Minecraft Mixes with Fiction

Mixing Minecraft with Fiction

Andrea Buchanan’s young adult novel Gift was the first to incorporate Minecraft. What’s that you say? The creative game, in which users build stuff out of cubes within a 3-D environment, deserves a closer look. YA librarian Erin Daly offers an expert’s view of the Minecraft element in Gift and how well the sandbox game worked as an element within a novel.

News Bites: Freebies for Star Wars Reads Day!

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Star Wars: National Star Wars Reads Day is October 6. The event is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman. ABDO Publishing is offering a free Star Wars event guide containing teacher’s guides, promotional posters, interviews with celebrities connected to the franchise, a list of nearly 300 Star Wars universe terms, a video of the event that was held in the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, and an order form for the 68 ABDO/Spotlight Star Wars library editions.