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A principal’s perspective on World of Warcraft in school

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Sometimes, convincing an administrator to let you use video games in school is downright easy. That's what it was like with World of Warcraft at Suffern Middle School in New York. Principal Brian Fox has served as a principal there for nine years, an assistant principal for four years, and before that, he taught social studies. This is his 28th year in education. We spoke to Fox about how they ended up using WoW at his school—and how game-ba
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How World of Warcraft teaches perseverance when learning

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Perhaps you’ve wondered before if Classcraft was inspired by the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW). Although World of Warcraft wasn’t the reason behind Classcraft’s name, the team dynamics between Warriors, Mages, and Healers came from MMOs like WoW. But the similarities don’t stop there: In addition to valuable 21st-century skills, World of Warcraft also teaches players to work as a team and to stay determined when learning. Having played WoW sinc
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‘Go Extinct!’ teaches evolutionary trees with Go Fish card gameplay

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Understanding how evolutionary trees work in biology is as easy as saying, "Go fish." Or, to be more precise, "Go extinct." That's the name of Ariel Marcy's educational card game, which uses the familiar rules of Go Fish to teach science. Marcy is a biologist and teacher with graphic and game design chops—talents she combined to make Go Extinct!. Her first game, Cancer
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Creating an RPG adventure for your classroom

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It took an older cousin to expand my consciousness. Three years my senior, he introduced me to Led Zeppelin, sophisticated home computing (5 ¼” floppy disks and a cradle modem!), and last but not least, role-playing games. The first RPG I ever played was TSR’s Star Frontiers, and from there my fate was sealed. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that for most of the 1980s, RPGs loomed large in my life. Why? Well, in a philosophy