label tech bytes apr 2022

 Worth a Read

Game-based learning can boost engagement, foster social-emotional learning, and motivate students to take risks. If you are interested in getting started with more game-based learning, check out this blog post by John Spencer. He shares seven reasons to pilot a game-based learning unit.

Worth a Watch/Listen

In this TedTalk, entrepreneur Herman Narula talks about the transformative power of video games. This includes the power to create new worlds, connect people, and shape the economy. 

Tech Tool to Try

While at the 2022 MACUL conference, I attended a session on iThrive Games, which uses games and game design to create transformative learning experiences for teens. iThrive currently has three iThrive Sims for high school social studies, history, and humanities classrooms. Students must work together to make informed decisions and overcome challenges in these role-playing simulation scenarios. Visit this iThrive Sim Comparison Table to determine which scenario to bring into your classroom. You can learn more about iThrive and their research by visiting https://ithrivegames.org

Free Template Resource 

Here is a writing prompt you can use in your classroom to get students thinking about gaming and game design. This writing prompt is a great way to spark student creativity and help them to fall in love with writing. 

You Woke Up Inside a Video Game Writing Prompt

Writing Prompt- Video Game by Rachel