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The Bound Copy of my Dissertation has Arrived!

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It is great to have a physical copy of what was for so long an electronic file on my laptop.  Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Digital Games by Anthony W. Palmer.

Yay! Today I started interviewing participants for my dissertation!

Higher Order Thinking Skills
in iPad Learning Games

Anthony W. Palmer Ed.D. (Candidate), Researcher
 Institutional Review Board Identification: #94-14

Diagram of the levels within Bloom's Taxonomy Triangle

 

 

It has been a very long journey toward my dissertation.

 

I have completed all the courses for my doctorate.

I have completed my literature review on learning games and higher order thinking skills.

My research committee has approved my dissertation proposal.

The internal review board at my university has approved my application to  conduct the research.

The principal and the teachers have granted me permission to conduct my research at the school.

Over 30 parents have returned their consent forms.

So today…

three students assented to participate in my research on Higher order thinking Skills in iPad learning games!!!

Yay ! ! !

They all did a great job, playing the games and answering my questions.

There would have been more students participating today, but I quickly used up all of the memory on the iPad recording the first three students.

Many students asked if it was too late to turn in their consent forms.  I told them that they still have time.  It seems that many more will join the project before the end of the school year!

It is so good to have passed the necessary bureaucratic hoops and finally be conducting research with students!

So now, more observations, interviews, analysis, synthesis, writing and rewriting.

Yay!

Science Educational Games with Max and Ruby

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You don’t find too many science games for preschoolers, but this is a good one.  Max and Ruby is one of my sons favorite shows.  He was so excited to hear that they have a game with the characters from the show.  The game seems very easy at the beginning, but then it becomes more challenging as the player makes progress.   This game has good scaffolding, good graphics, good music, and most importantly good science.  My son loves it!

iGameMom writes that;

“I am a firm believer that science should, and can be taught at a very young age. I also agree it is challenging to teach science concepts to young kids. You have to convey the concept in a manner that young minds can understand and grasp. It takes the full understanding of science and early childhood education to perfect the task.  Max and Ruby Science Educational Games is a science app teaching preschool to kindergarten kids science concepts with fun engaging games.  It does wonderful job in conveying the science concepts via fun games.”

To read the full article on iGameMom click here;

http://igamemom.com/2013/12/11/play-fun-science-educational-games-with-max-and-ruby/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Igamemom+%28iGameMom%29

Games and Higher Order Thinking Skills

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For my dissertation, I am investigating Higher Order Thinking Skills (analyzing, evaluating, and creating) in digital games.  I would like to find games, on the iPad, that develop these skills.  Unfortunately, I have not found many games for middle school and High school students which develop Higher Order Thinking Skills.  If you have discovered some of these games, please let me know, so that I can include them in my dissertation.

Thanks.

Bloom, B. S. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives,  handbook 1: Cognitive domain. New York: Longmans Green.
Anderson, L. W. (86). Krathwohl (Eds.). (2001). A Taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing: A revision of bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives.

Practice Fine Motor Skills on iPAD with Kidori

IGameMom writes;

“I have been reviewing kids’ apps for a while.  I don’t know if you ever noticed, I have not reviewed any hand writing apps.  There are quite a few out there, but I felt tracing with one finger on the screen is completely different from holding a pen writing on paper.  I don’t see tracing with finger require many finger muscles at all.  Call me old fashioned, I still want my child to be able to write well with a pen.”

To read the full article from IGameMom click here;

http://igamemom.com/2013/07/30/practice-fine-motor-skills-on-ipad-with-kidori/

13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012

Thanks for this great list, with descriptions of the apps!

Classroom Aid

by Teachers With Apps, published on TeachThought : 13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012

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TeachThought and TWA are pleased to bring you another ‘Best of 2012′ app list: 13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012!

1. See. Touch.Learn. Pro by Brain Parade is one app that can have many purposes, including creating your own lessons. The most important asset to this app is built-in flashcards with interactive features that can be customized by a speech therapist, teacher or parent. Having all the libraries available and the ability to add your own custom cards makes it a very powerful learning tool.

2. Pictello by Assistiveware offers a fun way to create and share talking photo albums and stories and is used by many teachers, students, families and children. It offers a fun way to create social stories and is used by many teachers, students, families and children.

3. Dragon…

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Boy learns to speak using Proloquo2Go on the Ipad

“Through a routine of games and exercises that incorporate physical and speech therapy techniques, Hunter is learning to pronounce individual words and to put them together to make sentences.”- Amy Jones

http://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-ipad-help-5-year-old-find-his-voice

Letter School helps learners write – and sells 100,000 copies on Ipad

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“The educational game LetterSchool reached a milestone this week: just a few months after its release, more than 100,000 copies of the app have been sold. That’s a striking result for an app that teaches something generations of children have wrestled with: how to write letters and numbers. LetterSchool’s greatest achievement is that it creates a very stimulating learning environment, offering kids a truly compelling gaming experience. Boreaal Publishers believes the app is an important part of the solution for better handwriting education.” http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Interest-in-Learning-to-Write-Surges-Thanks-to-3672937.php

I wonder how well this game helps children to use a stylus.  Then again, I wonder how important using a stylus will be in 10 years.  Besides signing our names, how often do most adults use handwriting? While designing the Ipad, Steve Jobs said,
“So let’s not use a stylus. We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. We’re going to use a pointing device that we’re all born with – born with ten of them. We’re going to use our fingers. We’re going to touch this with our fingers. And we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic.