Books · Gamification · Serious Games · Teaching

Educational Game Design Fundamentals

Title: Educational Game Design Fundamentals: A journey to creating intrinsically motivating learning experiences

English | 18 July 2018 | ISBN: 113863154X | 360 Pages |

Can we learn through play? Can we really play while learning?
Educational Game Design Fundamentals: A journey to creating intrinsically motivating learning experiencesOf course! But how?!

We all learn and educate others in our own unique ways. Successful educational games adapt to the particular learning needs of their players and facilitate the learning objectives of their designers.

Educational Game Design Fundamentals embarks on a journey to explore the necessary aspects to create games that are both fun and help players learn. This book examines the art of educational game design through various perspectives and presents real examples that will help readers make more informed decisions when creating their own games. In this way, readers can have a better idea of how to prepare for and organize the design of their educational games, as well as evaluate their ideas through several prisms, such as feasibility or learning and intrinsic values.

Everybody can become education game designers, no matter what their technical, artistic or pedagogic backgrounds. This book refers to educators and designers of all sorts: from kindergarten to lifelong learning, from corporate training to museum curators and from tabletop or video game designers to theme park creators!

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Books · Coding · Computer Science · Emerging Trends · Play · STEM · Teaching

Code For Teens

Title: Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming Volume 1: Javascript

Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming Volume 1: Javascript
English | 3 July 2018 | ISBN: 1684019605 | 232 Pages

Love computers? What about video games and social media? Ever been curious about how they work? If so, Code for Teens is for you! Software developer Jeremy Mortiz’s Code for Teens is your one-stop-shop to learning all there is know about Javascript, the most commonly used coding language in the world! Filled with tips, tricks, strategies, and quizzes, this guide is the perfect way to take you from beginner to expert in all things Java.

Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Science · STEM

Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite

Title: Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite Pro v1.8.9.2 build 60

Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite Pro v1.4 [Paid]
Requirements: Android 4.2+

Useful for STEM education, academia, and industry, this app uses device sensor inputs to collect, record, and export data in comma separated value (csv) format through a shareable .csv file. Data can be plotted against elapsed time on a graph or displayed digitally. Users can export the data for further analysis in a spreadsheet or plotting tool. This app also generates tones, colors, and a stroboscope.


This app includes all capabilities of Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite plus the following additional features:

· Audio Analysis (Oscillocope functions, Spectrum Analyzer)
· Calibration
· Data Alert
· File loading after recording
· Moving Average data filter

A menu allows the user to sense or generate the following (dependent upon the user’s mobile device capabilities):

SENSORS:
· G-Force Meter – ratio of Fn/Fg (x, y, z and/or total); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 1); moving average
· Linear Accelerometer – acceleration (x, y, and/or z); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0); moving average
· Gyroscope – radial velocity (x, y, and/or z); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0); moving average
· Barometer – atmospheric pressure; manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Roller Coaster – G-Force Meter, Linear Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer
· Hygrometer – relative humidity
· Thermometer – temperature
· Proximeter – periodic motion and timer (timer and pendulum modes)
· Ruler – distance between two points
· Magnetometer – magnetic field intensity (x, y, z and/or total); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0) ; manual entry for alert setting; moving average
· Compass – magnetic field direction and bubble level
· GPS – latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, direction, number of satellites
· Inclinometer – azimuth, roll, pitch
· Light Meter – light intensity manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Sound Meter – sound intensity; manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Tone Detector – frequency and musical tone
· Oscilloscope (Audio) – wave shape and relative amplitude; multi-shot function ; pause function ; time-base selection
· Spectrum Analyzer (Audio) – Fast Fourier Transform with histogram and maximum frequency; pause function

MULTI RECORD:
· Multi Record

GENERATORS:
· Tone Generator – sound frequency producer
· Color Generator – R/G/B/Y/C/M, white, and custom color screen
· Stroboscope (beta) – camera flash

Higher Ed · ICT · Smart Education · Teaching

Exploring the New Era of Technology-Infused Education

Title: Exploring the New Era of Technology-Infused Education

Author: Lawrence Tomei (Editor)

IGI Global | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 152251709X | 416 pages

Exploring the New Era of Technology-Infused Education


This book is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the implementation of emerging technologies in contemporary classroom setting, highlighting theoretical foundations, empirical case studies, and curriculum development strategies

Assessment · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

The Tyranny of Metrics

Title: The Tyranny of Metrics

Author: Jerry Muller

The Tyranny of Metrics
Princeton University | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0691174954 | 240 pages

by Jerry Muller (Author)

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government

Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we’ve gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing•and shows how we can begin to fix the problem.

Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging “gaming the stats” or “teaching to the test.” That’s because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn’t work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to•rather than a replacement for•judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial.

Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metrics is an essential corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all.

Review
Economic historian Jerry Muller delivers a riposte to bean counters everywhere with this trenchant study of our fixation with performance metrics.–-Barbara Kiser, Nature

For every quantification, there’s a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability. (Kirkus Reviews)

Many of us have the vague sense that metrics are leading us astray, stripping away context, devaluing subtle human judgement, and rewarding those who know how to play the system. Muller™s book crisply explains where this fashion came from, why it can be so counterproductive and why we don™t learn. It should be required reading for any manager on the verge of making the Vietnam body count mistake all over again.–-Tim Harford, Financial Times

As Muller says ˜anything that can be measured and rewarded will be gamed.™ Too many people appear oblivious to this basic fact of life. A close reading of Muller™s excellent, if somewhat brief, introduction to the pitfalls of quantitative measurement should set them right.–-Edward Chancellor, Breakingviews

There is also ample evidence, expertly summarised in Jerry Muller™s recent book, The Tyranny of Metrics, that metrics can be counter-productive. (The Economist)

“In this clear and compelling book, Jerry Muller shows how our attempts to improve organizational outcomes through quantitative measures have metastasized into a culture of gaming and manipulation. Through carefully researched case studies on education, healthcare, and compensation, The Tyranny of Metrics makes a convincing case that we need to restore judgment and ethical considerations at a time when shallow quantification threatens the integrity of our most important institutions.”•Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School

“Have you ever wondered why universities make the mistake of hiring presidents with little or no experience in higher education, or why, nine times out of ten, these foreign imports fail? Then read Jerry Muller’s new book and you will understand such folly as one more instance of an unhappy, massive trend•abandoning the situated judgment of experienced professionals in favor of the supposedly objective judgment promised (but not delivered) by the magic bullet of metrics: standardized measures and huge data banks touted as generating insight and wisdom all by themselves. Muller dismantles this myth in a brisk and no-nonsense prose that has this reader crying ˜yes, yes’ at every sentence.”•Stanley Fish, author of Winning Arguments and Think Again

“Quantification, once only a tool, has become a cult. I can think of no better deprogrammer than Jerry Muller, whose renowned skills in dissecting political and social doctrines are evident here. The Tyranny of Metrics should be essential reading for managers and the managed alike.”•Edward Tenner, author of The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do and Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

“In The Tyranny of Metrics, Jerry Muller has brought to life the many ways in which numerical evaluations result in deleterious performance: in our schools, our universities, our hospitals, our military, and our businesses. This book addresses a major problem.”•George A. Akerlof, Nobel Prizewinning economist

“The Tyranny of Metrics is an important and accessible book about a growing problem. It comes as close as anything I’ve read to showing us how to break out of the dysfunctional cycle of measuring, finding out that measuring doesn’t get us where we want to go, but then measuring some more.”•David Chinitz, School of Public Health, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Teachers as Allies

Title: Teachers as Allies

Teachers as Allies
Teachers College | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0807758876 | 216 pages

by Shelley Wong (Editor), Elaisa Sánchez Gosnell (Editor), Anne Marie Foerster Luu (Editor), Lori Dodson (Editor), Aviva Chomsky (Foreword)

Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students™ day-to-day lives and learning. Offering teaching strategies that address the needs of DREAMers and undocumented youth as they move through their K12 and college education, this timely book offers a broad range of curriculum connections and resources.

Book Features:

Assists educators who work with students from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Provides teachers with information, analysis, and practical approaches to help undocumented students in their classrooms.
Supports school leadership in higher education and provides recommendations for secondary school educators for supporting the transition to college.
Outlines practical strategies such as using music, drama, student newspapers, letter writing, and social networks to involve students in current issues relevant to their lives.
Can be used as a professional development tool to help schools and districts better meet the needs of undocumented students and their families.

Review
“Teachers are uniquely placed to support undocumented students facing adverse circumstances and to challenge the narrative of immigrant criminality in the public sphere. This book should help enable them to do both.”
•From the foreword by Aviva Chomsky, Salem State University

Capturing in stark detail the fears and dilemmas faced by undocumented students and their families, the editors of this powerful book provide information, strategies, stories, hope, and sustenance for teachers and other educators working to support some of the most marginalized students in our schools as they navigate their way from kindergarten through college and beyond.
•Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“In light of the current political climate, it is crucial that this information be available for educators and the community.”
•Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles

About the Author
Dr. Shelley Wong and Dr. Elaisa Sánchez Gosnell (retired), George Mason University; Anne Marie Foerster Luu and Lori Dodson, Maryland pre-K12 educators and TESOL & NEA members.

Blended · Mobile · Smart Education · Springer · Teaching

e-Learning, e-Education, and Online Training 2018

Title: e-Learning, e-Education, and Online Training 2018

e-Learning, e-Education, and Online Training
English | 2018 | 387 Pages | ISBN : 3319937189

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 4rd International Conference on e-Learning, e-Education, and Online Training, eLEOT 2018, held in Shanghai, China, in April 2018. The 49 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 120 submissions. They focus on most recent and innovative trends in this broad area, ranging from distance education to collaborative learning, from interactive learning environments to the modelling of STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering) curricula.

Books · Hardware · Mobile

Learning on the Go

Title: Learning on the Go: How to Personalize Education with the iPad

Learning on the Go: How to Personalize Education with the iPad (CAST Skinny Books)
Author: Luis Perez
English | 1 July 2018 | ISBN: 1930583249 | 96 Pages

SUPERANNO The iPad is a powerful educational device—versatile, mobile, flexible, and accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities. A huge number of up-to-date applications exponentially lift its value as a teaching and learning tool. In Learning on the Go: How to Personalize Education with the iPad, Luis Pérez provides savvy tips and strategies to turn the iPad’s transformative potential into effective classroom practice. Original.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Old School · Organizations · Storytelling · Teaching

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools

Title: Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options
English | June 6th, 2018 | ISBN: 1506398480 | 248 Pages

Improve collective efficacy in schools through meaningful professional conversations

In a landscape where technology can undermine personal connections, even the most talented educator can feel like they™re practicing their craft in isolation. Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools is a framework for revitalizing the art of the professional conversation. It guides educators through structures for collaboration, grants access to vast storehouses of applied wisdom, and facilitates a consensual knowledge base for standards of excellence.

9 conversational strategies designed to promote collective efficacy in education
Learning scenarios demonstrate the effectiveness of these conversations in action
Accessible Conversational Dashboard assists in analyzing conditions for success

Books · Educational Philosophy · Storytelling · Teaching

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning

Title: Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning: Designing Storytelling for Creativity with Computing

English |  2018 | 208 Pages | ISBN : 1137320079

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning: Designing Storytelling for Creativity with Computing

This book examines and illustrates the potential of narrative technology, the integration and synthesis of storytelling and digital media in education. Storytelling is a foundational and powerful process in all learning and teaching, and technology is becoming ever more ubiquitous and sophisticated, particularly in its capabilities to mediate and augment creative storytelling.

The book begins with a foundational analysis of narrative use in education today, and provides a history of the emergence of narrative technology. It explores how the convergence of high-potential computing and storytelling practices and techniques can be used to enhance education, in particular the design of bespoke, interactive physical learning environments. The contemporary importance of educational design is highlighted throughout the book, which concludes with the SCÉAL design-based research framework as a proposed systematic approach to the design of narrative technology in education. The book will be a valuable resource for educational designers, technologists, teachers and policymakers, especially those with an interest in the design and use of narrative technology in education.