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Games and Learning

Shaffer, D., Squire, K., Halverson, R., & Gee, J. (2005). "Video Games and the Future of Learning." Phi Delta Kappan. pp. 105-110. Retrieved from http://ddis.wceruw.org/docs/08%20ShafferSquireHalversonGee%20PDK.pdf. While the article serves primarily as a review of the potential for games in learning, the reiteration of basic principles is a useful reminder: games are simplifications of reality (simulations)… Continue reading Games and Learning

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Coop-alaboration

While both cooperative and collaborative learning are founded in constructivist theory where knowledge is actively constructed by students, the distinction between cooperative learning as, "a division of labor among participants" and collaborative learning as "mutual engagement of participants in a coordinated effort to solve the problem together" (Roschelle & Teasley as cited in Resta &… Continue reading Coop-alaboration

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Learncraft

Wiggins, G.P. and McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design. 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. Wiggins becomes even more specific in discussing how to craft understandings. Understandings are identifiable by being abstract, transferable, and opaque. Non-understandings are general, aimless or rote, and simplistic. The specifics include the direction to use complete… Continue reading Learncraft

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Do you understand the way I understand?

Wiggins, G.P. and McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design. 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. I didn't find this chapter as useful as Gagne's, not because I didn't agree that there are different types of understanding but because it wasn't as specific (but that might be good for me). So, I… Continue reading Do you understand the way I understand?

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Unsure

Wiggins, G.P. and McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design. 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. Dick, W., Carey, L., and Carey, J.O., (2005). The Systematic Design of Instruction, 6th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. I wasn't sure if we were also supposed to post reactions to the chapters--Jason and Xavier… Continue reading Unsure