Google Science Fair

Really??? Google doing online science fairs?

http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/teachers.html

Yup.  This was advertised on the edutopia.org website, and while I don’t normally follow advertisement links, this was intriguing.  Since it’s a competition with rules, a clear outcome, and a “space” it operates in where people are willing to change the rules of reality and take on a new role – that of scientist – I consider it a form of a game, although not a video game.

Students learn not only the science of their project, but also digital publishing skills since they have to post either a 20 slide powerpoint, or a 2 minute presentation online, or even make android or web applications!   For some students, this gives a meaningful context to the learning  – their work is displayed beyond the classroom.  YOU could apply to be a judge!  They have lists of links for advice, and even give tips for motivating students.

It’s still science fair… but it seems pretty darn cool, to me.

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Resources for Free Games

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/12/five-best-resources-for-free-games/

Check this out…free online games! Some of these may even be appropriate for class. I’m particularly interested in Kongregate: kind of a social network/gaming platform.

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