How gaming is becoming a classroom tool

At first glance the idea of bringing digital games into the classroom might seem like a recipe for some kind of disaster involving a never-ending Candy Crush tournament. However, academic research into digital games and learning content shows that the two can happily co-exist, to the benefit of students of all ages.

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The Sheffield Hallam team are currently working on a maths game for the PlayStation 4 platform that aims to strike this delicate balance. “It helps learners formalise their mathematical knowledge through the core mechanics, while challenging their conceptual understanding in order to meet the longer term goals of the game,” says Habgood.

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Business Trends & Insights | SkilledUp

Business Trends & Insights brings together original reporting and expert commentary on the trends, challenges and innovations at the intersection of education and workforce development.

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SkilledUp curates the abundance of online and alternative education sources to give teams access across the entire e-learning universe. From technology and creative arts to general education and business — our catalog of the best online courses is growing. SkilledUp also offers Skill Accelerators — immersive, mentor-based training programs focused on specific high-demand career skills that give teams the learning they need to stay relevant.

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Amazon’s £119 Fire tablet for kids arrives in the UK on June 18

Amazon has launched a new tablet and all-you-can-eat content subscription service for kids in the UK today. Priced at £119 (about $180), the Fire HD Kids Edition is a fully-featured…

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Amazon’s Fire for Kids app, which offers parents tools to manage their child’s screen time and to set educational goals that must be completed before accessing games and videos.

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7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in psychology – yep. You missed a lot.

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Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun: How Nanodegrees can democratize tech education

The obvious question was staring me right in the face. When discussing the online learning platform Udacity with its founder Sebastian Thrun — who co-founded Google X — there was…

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"We just tried to re-envision what it really means to do education in the 21st century. Education has to be life-long. The reason is, it’s just impractical to have the same career for your entire life these days. We asked what the right delivery method was for education to be life-long. Mobile is nice for that, because everyone has a mobile device and you can do it [a Nanodegree course] on your own time at home. And then we asked what the right packaging size is, and it became Nanodegrees because we feel we want to give people a new job, and there has to be a certain amount of depth involved."

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