How video games can make you smarter

Critics often accuse video games of making players lazy, inept and socially awkward. Contrary to popular belief, though, a growing body of research is now showing that many build, not burn brain cells by requiring extensive problem solving, teamwork and dynamic decision-making skills. Also capable of building players’ confidence and helping them see the world from multiple viewpoints, games can be powerful learning tools. Many games force us into trial…

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Using Video Conferencing in the Classroom

After a couple of months of trying, I finally found a school willing to try out videoconferencing with me.  Using Online Meeting Rooms, a brilliant online package from http://www.onlinemeetingrooms.com, my school, Carlow Educate Together hooked up with the Athy Model School, 20km down the road for a Christmas Carol sing-off. Each school sang two Christmas carols to each other.  Our school were treated to two popular Church of Ireland carols…

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21st Century Learning

The Coalition of School Networks (CoSN) published a video, “Learning to Change, Changing to Learn”  a number of years ago. The video was published in response to a US Department of Commerce survey of 55 industrial sectors in relation to their ICT intensiveness. This survey found that education ranked 55, the lowest, below coal mining. The video features a number of international experts who describe what 21st century learning is…

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