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Teaching and Technology Related Handouts & Posts from the Last Year

Here are some various educational handouts and blog posts elsewhere I’ve created over the past year, in case you find any of them useful: Handouts / Google Docs: Resources for Teaching Elementary School Kids Coding and Robotics – as part

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Posted in children, edtech, education, embodiment, games, learning sciences, opensource, simulations, software, teaching, technology

Recent Sightings

These are from my bookmarks on Software / Technology Quick-R is a help site for those using the R statistics tool instead of SPSS/SAS. Hippocampus is a homework and study help site with multimedia resources and course materials. Road

Posted in children, computers, development, edtech, opensource, research, simulations, technology

Reconsidering Cognitive Load Theory

Another item has been added to the debate between cognitive load theory, direct instruction, and worked examples on one side, and inquiry learning, problem-based learning, and game-based learning on the other (which I have covered before here and here). Wolfgang


Posted in learning sciences, research, simulations, theory

New Book: The Design and Use of Simulation Computer Games in Education

My colleagues at USU Brett Shelton and David Wiley have published their edited volume entitled The Design and Use of Simulation Computer Games in Education. A pdf of the book is also available. You might also be interested in the

Posted in edtech, games, research, simulations

More Educational Research Related Blogs

I posted earlier a list of a few blogs that discuss educational research every now and then. Since then the Education Research Report blog has been discontinued as a free resource. Here are a few more related blogs, as well

Posted in education, games, research, simulations

AERA, SIGCSE, ICER Conference Proceedings Online

Haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been criss-crossing the country interviewing for ed tech jobs. I’ll write more on that soon. Some conference proceedings and papers have been made available online recently, such as the AERA 2007 conference program.

Posted in conferences, education, research, simulations

Animations vs. Diagrams

Are animations better than a series of static diagrams or pictures for helping someone understand something such as how some system behaves and functions? Will Thalheimer summarizes some of this work, but more in-depth papers and reviews are listed below.

Posted in research, simulations

Ed Tech Year in Review, and Conferences in 2007

Clayton Wright has created a list of many of the ed tech related conferences coming up in 2007. See the word document at the bottom of the page. Some others not mentioned are listed here (sorry, requires a free subscription),

Posted in conferences, edtech, games, simulations

Dramatic example of discovery learning

Here is a rather dramatic example of unguided (or self-guided) discovery learning. See also this PBS video feature on the same story. A man in India put a computer with net access in a wall next to an alley so

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Links + direct instruction vs. discovery learning

Here’s a post at IGN about the use of videogames in education. Abdulaziz Ghuloum has written a tutorial about writing your own compiler. The difference is that it is a progressive tutorial rather than incremental. You don’t have to wait

Posted in research, simulations, theory
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