The Science Learnification Weekly (May 15, 2011)Posted: May 15, 2011
This is a collection of things that tickled my science education fancy in the past week or so
Busy week in the gamification of education discussions.
- Buzzword alert – Gamification: Sylvia raises some good points to ask when considering gamifying a certain education activity.
- Gamification of education: David Wees shares a video and asks some of his own questions about gamifying the classroom.
- Learning by Design: Good Video Games as Learning Machines: Classic Gee paper.
Frank makes his final Khan Academy remarks
- Khan Academy: My Final Remarks: Frank collects his thoughts from various comment threads. A very good read.
PER in the journal Science
- Improved Learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class: Lots of media buzz over this paper based on a one-week PER-informed intervention in a first year physics course for engineers at UBC (the place where I got PhDeed).
- Discusison of the paper on PHYSLRNR: You have to subscribe to this listserv to read the discussion. Among the points being discussed is how far away from “double-blinded” PER studies tend to be. Something a lot of the researchers in the trenches tend to forget.
- Improving the Science of Teaching Science: NY time coverage