The Gorilla in the Classroom

Before reading the following blog please take a look at the video below and follow the instructions it gives. The selective attention test shows how,

The Sawyer Effect and Motivation

For those of you who don’t know the story of Tom Sawyer white washing the fence you can read it here. In the story Mark

Hard Fun

Have you ever done something where you looked up afterwards and thought “where has the time gone?”; an activity that you found incredibly challenging but

Is Your Class A Game?

“People learn through play” is a statement that almost every teacher, psychologist, educational theorist and even politician can agree on. Play teaches a wide range

Why Study Games?

In the academic world this question pops up fairly regularly. It stems from the view of games as pastimes and inconsequential in comparison to the

First Order Rules and Instruction

Teachers often struggle against becoming the “Sage on the Stage”. This post will look at one of the areas where the sage takes center stage

What’s Fun?

Fun is a word that we as teachers hear a lot. Whether it is from students who are moaning at the lack of it in

3rd Space Learning

Does education have to take place in a formal school based environment? Is school truly the “Work of children”? In 1989 Ray Oldenburg proposed his

Mind Mapping Conversations

The tip of the tongue phenomena is a killer. The words just seem to freeze in the brain and refuse to come out. It is

Games and Activities

A presentation once asked the question, what is the difference between a game and an activity in an educational environment? The presenter went on to

The Achiever in the Classroom

Richard Bartle defined 4 types of players and how they enjoyed playing MUDs (precursors to MMORPGs). For a discussion of how these types map to