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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

T.H.E. Journal Online!

Here's what's new on T.H.E. Journal's site today.

New Alliance To Research Gaming in Math and Science Education
By Dave Nagel

Video games have always had and probably will always have their detractors. But there's a growing movement in academia and industry recognizing the value of this medium as an educational tool both inside and outside the classroom.
This week, eight colleges and universities added their inertia to this movement, joining with Microsoft to launch a new alliance to study the benefits of gaming for math and science instruction and STEM equity.
The consortium, dubbed the "Games for Learning Institute," is being led by
New York University and includes Columbia University, City University of New York (CUNY), Dartmouth College, Parsons, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Teachers College. These members are matching an investment from Microsoft Research of $1.5 million to provide a total of $3 million in funding for the effort.

Social Network Aims To Connect Teachers Around the World
Chris Riedel

The Schools United has recently launched a new online social network designed to provide educators around the world a no-cost platform to communicate and collaborate on all things education.
Like other social networking sites, schools using the platform are given a "profile page" where they can post information such as number of students, location, and type of institution. The page can also be used to share photos, videos, and user comments. Profile administrators can add staff members to the school profile, providing them the opportunity to communicate with other educators in the overall network.

Source: T.H.E. Journal