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Got a quick message from a colleague @MissB4thGrade about a brand new (and free) video game making app called Pixel Press Floors. They just released the app April 30th. This was a perfect opportunity to get students buzzing about creating on a Free App Friday.
Edutopia’s Game Based Learning blog article “3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning”:
“Coding isn’t just for computer science any more. Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement… great teaching is at the very heart of this innovation.”
Online game creator, Jane McGonigal Ph.D., shares an ambitious claim about how gaming can save the planet:
Knowing that gaming can enhance learning, and that many of Miss B’s students would be keen to tinker with game building, I set wheels in motion and loaded iPads with Pixel’s Floors App from the App Store before kids came rolling into the lab.
The Sketch Guide is super student friendly, and after a brief tutorial, kids were designing their game terrain and adding creator elements with pencil and paper.
Students discovered that by capturing their paper and pencil designs by taping their design to the wall allowed the Floor App’s capture tool to orientate and align the image more effectively.
I think the coolest feature of the Floors App is the capability for students to share their video games in Floor’s Arcade. A few students reflected that playing in the Arcade first before designing gave them more ideas for creating their own unique terrain.
If you think this post was helpful, please share. I would be keen to hear about how others are using Pixel Press Floors and/or other game-based activities.
Making the move from once living in the hot, humid tropical forests of Borneo to now riding around the flat, frozen lands of Kazakhstan has come with challenges. Unfortunately, the town I live in Kazakhstan has hardly any trees. Fortunately, speaking with a local Kazakh, I was told that ten years before there weren’t any trees in the city and now there are a lot more due to local initiatives to plant more trees.
What are you up to for Earth Day?
What does your learning environment look like?
In the diagram created below by Professor of educational technology and media at the faculty of Education, University of Regina, Alec Couros (Twitter handle: @coursa), a networked teacher’s environment might look something like this:
The networked teacher’s environment is rich with many different ways to stay current and connected. There is much public talk these days that Twitter seems to be one of the better tools for building your personal learning environment and community.
In this presentation below I highlight the background, concepts, resources and steps to becoming a better connected learner and teacher. (Full disclaimer: Bits and pieces of this presentation are from Alec Couros’ Embracing Connected Learning workshop.)
If you found this presentation helpful, please share.
Google Docs and Sheets just keep getting better. By allowing third party apps to function within Documents and Spreadsheets, Google is upping the ante as mentioned in the Verge article Google’s Add-on Store for Docs and Sheets Could Close the Office Gap.
Check out the latest apps you can add to enhance your work flow.
Below are the four Add-on apps tutorials showcased in the video.
1) To view the MailChimp video tutorials, click here.
Getting Started with MailChimp by Daniel Ingoldsby:
2) Click > Avery Label Merge for Google Docs
3) Letter Feed Workflows for Google Docs:
4) EasyBib for Google Docs