David Dodgson

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Three Lessons from My Son on Minecraft and Learning

Why do some kids spend their time killing each other while others engineer epic builds in Minecraft? The educational benefits of Minecraft are …

Minecraft’s Just a Game, Isn’t It?

I have been using Minecraft as a teaching tool in my classroom for over 3 years now, and a successful teaching tool I may add. It’s funny because …

Educational Minecraft Activities

If you have a child or student who plays Minecraft, then you’re going to love these free <b>Educational Minecraft Activities</b>! I have a couple of students …

Reinventing the Classroom Through Games-Based Learning

Before I decided to chase a career in the high-flying world *cough* of video games writing, I used to be a teacher.<p>I taught English and IT for four …

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Saul Muscat

<i>A few weeks ago, an article entitled ‘Reinventing the Classroom Through Game-Based Learning’ popped up in my news feed, naturally piquing my</i> …

ELT Sandbox Plays… on the #EVOMC2017 Server

Last week, I spent an enjoyable evening hosted by Vance Stevens on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server. We were joined by other moderators and course …

Sugar Cane

What Playing Minecraft Has Taught Me About Learning

If Minecraft were a foreign language, I would put myself at an A2 level – a basic command and able to function in a number of situations but still at …

ELT Sandbox Reads… #Minecraft The Beginner’s Handbook

Earlier this month, I logged into Minecraft for the first time in a while to prepare for the EVO Minecraft MOOC (#evomc2017). It quickly struck me …

Minecraft Minute for World LanguageTeachers

Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners

Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. …

Language Learning

7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential

1. Gaming can make a better world<br>Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. …

The Completionist

I usually avoid the “What kind of …… are you?” posts that pop up on my Facebook timeline on a daily basis. A few limited responses to inane questions …

24 Video Games You Can Say Yes to After School

Racial and Sexual Diversity In Video Games: what is your take?

OverWatch character Tracer has been declared Lesbian.<p>First and foremost, welcome to team Brothel Gaming’s blog site within IndieWatch. We look …

Literacy Blocks – Using Minecraft to Engage and Motivate Reluctant Writers

Why Minecraft?<p>Photographs, video clips, poetry, personal experiences, objects, memories. Not an exhaustive list but a sample of some of the things …

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Rose Bard (in #Minecraft)

Earlier this year, I approached Rose Bard, a language teacher in Brazil about doing an interview about how she uses <i>Minecraft</i> with her students. As we …

A New Dawn

It was about 4 years ago that excited whispers started to spring up around the corridors and the playground at my school in Turkey of a new game, a …

Gamification in education: trying to solve the puzzle

I must confess I've been trying to understand what gamification is<i></i> for a while now. After reading several tweets and posts from my PLN, I still was …

Angry Birds game fires into the classroom

<b>From Angry Birds to Minecraft, computer games are invading the classroom. But this is not going on behind the teacher's back anymore: it is part of the lesson plan.</b><p>The average young person will have spent 10,000 hours gaming by the time they are 21 years old, research suggests.<p>This has been mainly …

13 Valuable Lessons From Video Games

Video games get a lot of flak for corrupting the youth, but you can glean plenty of valuable lessons from hours of gameplay. And we're not just talking about hand-eye coordination.<p>No one knows the value in gaming more than Reddit. Last week, Redditors answered an interesting question: "What's the …

Her Story makes game narratives personal - and that feels like the future

<i>Fabula</i> and <i>syuzhet</i> are two words that won't net you any sweet esults if you type them into Her Story's antiquated database, but together they're the …

Positive Effects of Mobile Gaming in the Classroom

When it comes to improving learning outcomes in classrooms, teachers will go to great lengths and explore all possible avenues. So it should come as …

Education Technology

Epic Classroom Examples of Minecraft in Education

Minecraft has become arguably one of the most popular games in history. This is evident not only with gaming communities but also among educators. If …

Sid Meier's CIVILIZATIONS: Success of an Educational Game

I played my first game of CIVILIZATIONS as Egypt. My mouth watered when I thought about building The Great Wall of Egypt around Cairo’s Machu Picchu. …

What Is The Effect Of Using Minecraft As A Descriptive Writing Prompt?

Descriptive writing of settings is one of my favourite areas to teach. I enjoy enthusing my students; trying to find ways to boost their creativity …

Digital Game-Based Learning Trends Around The World

<i>A Content Analysis of Digital Game-Based Learning in the Area of Language Learning & Teaching</i><p><b>By Aysun GÜNEŞ</b><p><i>Previous research has highlighted the</i> …

Play me a story: How video game storytelling has evolved

CNET Magazine: From Atari to arthouse, Bushnell to Blizzard, we hear from industry heavyweights on how games have grown up.<p>Has a video game ever made you cry? No? That may be because you haven't played the right game yet.<p>Sure, there are plenty of run-jump-shoot-repeat blockbusters, where any story …

Game Development

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

Minecraft