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Is Everything Good About 'Minecraft' Gone?

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Minecraft may have jumped the shark. It may be passed its prime. The phenomenon may be dwindling. And it has nothing to do with Microsoft purchasing the game. Nor do …read more Source: Forbes 2

Forget The ESRB Rating, 'Super Smash Bros Wii U' Is An All-Ages Family Game

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor My children were surprised that I let them play Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U. It is rated E10+ for “Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes.” But …read more Source: Forbes 2

3 Reasons Why Kobo's Aura H20 Is The Perfect Luxury E-Reader

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Kobo is the quiet Kindle competitor–the underdog in the eReader market. They released their most recent premium eReader at the beginning of October. I’ve been reading on the Aura H2O …read more Source: Forbes 2

Global Educators Met In Qatar To Make Schools Everywhere More Progressive

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor When I decided to travel halfway around the world to a conference on global education in the Persian Gulf, I didn’t expect to find a message that is aligned so …read more Source: Forbes 2

Here's How Gamer-Teachers Use Video Games In The Classroom

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Games are being used much more widely in schools than they were when I first started writing about them 2 or 3 years ago. As of fall 2013, 74% of …read more Source: Forbes 2

3 Ways To Close The 'Play Gap' Between Rich And Poor Kids

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Children are the adults of the future. When you watch them play out fantasies with action figures, when they chase each other around a swing set, when they collaboratively build …read more Source: Forbes 2

Video Games, Henry Ford, And The Problems Of Modern Education

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor VideoPresumably, the way the human animal learns stays more or less constant. Still, reformers, policy makers, and curriculum designers fight over what’s best for our schools. That’s because, although the …read more Source: Forbes 2

How Can We Honor The Teachers Who Shape Tomorrow's World?

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Sunday, October 5 is World Teachers’ Day. Unesco organized the global celebration in 1994 as an opportunity to honor the teachers who commit their lives to educating our children. The …read more Source: Forbes 2

Video Game Thinking Can Help Us Build Hands-On Math Toys For The Classroom

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor Here’s a great example of how gamification, or video game inspired thinking, can be integrated into non-digital learning. SumBlox is one of those ideas that seems so simple it is …read more Source: Forbes 2

Playful Education In The Age Of Video Games, Binary Thinking, And Social Media

By Jordan Shapiro, Contributor One of the hardest things to teach in my humanities classroom at Temple University is that there are no right answers. It doesn’t matter how many times I say it. …read more Source: Forbes 2