Summer is almost over and the excitement for the new school year has begun! Each semester, my preservice teachers ask me for games and simulations in their own secondary content areas. This summer was my time to curate resources for each of my STEM groups. Below is the list I created for AgEd, and I have to be honest with you, most of these were new to me! It was a great experience to just sit down and search. Below you will see a variety of games, including board games, digital games, and even VR games.
It seems like summer just begun, but I am already getting ready (and excited) for the next academic year. Every semester my students ask me for examples of games or simulations in their own content areas. Since I teach 13 different content areas, it is quite a challenge to stay on top of 'the best of the best'. I set a goal this summer to tackle this request for the STEM areas I teach: science, math, agriculture education, and family and consumer science. Here is the first Symbaloo list, mathematics games and simulations! Am I missing an important resource? Let me know!
Earlier this year, I wrote a chapter in the book Educating Educators with Social Media. The book was reviewed in the latest edition of the journal On The Horizon. A great review of a great book on social media in the classroom!
Photo courtesy of SCVNGR
My graduate Emerging Technologies and Colllaboration course final project was to utilize a mobile application for teaching and learning. They created two SCVNGR games for West Chester University: 1) Finals Survival Guide and 2) Little Known Landmarks.
The games contain 13 different "challenges" for students to complete on campus. Their work is impressive and can be found by download the SCVNGR app on your iPhone, Android, iTouch, or iPad. Good job students!
The newest gadget for techies are QR codes. These are codes that you can use with a webcam or phone camera to link to text or online resources. The code on the left links to my website. These are popping up on t-shirts, magazines, advertisements, and business cards.
Although they look similar, Augmented Reality Markers can create 3-D images and videos through a webcam. Hallmark is on the AR Marker bandwagon with a series of interactive greeting cards. Try out an educational application at Sponholtz Productions. Print out the cards and test your knowledge of chemistry!