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Meaningfully and Realistically Using Games in the Classroom

01/23/18 Barbara Chamberlin

Practical barriers can keep the most enthusiastic teacher from using games in the classroom. Let’s get real — and realistic — about ways to approach game-based learning for the classroom. Teachers are busy, and usually spend much of a given school day completing work from that day while simultaneously preparing work for the next day. […]

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Looking Ahead | 2018

01/10/18 iThrive Games

Through our work in 2017, we reaffirmed our mission to use and design technology that empowers teens to thrive. Today’s teens are digital natives who both face unique challenges and have incredible insight and potential as change-makers in an uncertain world. Through our programs and initiatives, we meet teens where they are, in physical and […]

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VR and Empathy: Tread Carefully

12/18/17 iThrive Games

Contributors to this article were Michelle Bertoli, MA (director of content for iThrive Games), Kelli Dunlap, PsyD (game developer, psychologist, and research consultant for iThrive Games), and Susan Rivers, PhD (executive director and chief scientist for iThrive Games). __________ Heidi McDonald, iThrive’s senior creative director, felt inspired at the start of a recent virtual reality […]

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How Bad Data Have Given Video Games a Bad Rap (and How To Read Beyond the Headlines)

11/29/17 Kelli Dunlap, PsyD

I’m a psychologist, game designer, and researcher studying how people interact with games and how games impact players. I also make games that explore mental health issues and analyze how mental health is represented in games. I love talking about the psychological complexities of designing games and how games can be used to help us […]

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We Can’t Design Games for Teens Without This

11/1/17 Susan Rivers & Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann

iThrive Games and EdTogether are co-designers and co-facilitators of Game Design Studio, a special game-based social and emotional learning program for teens. In this post, you’ll learn: what teens in Game Design Studio have said really matters to them; the goals and structure of the program; its key features; and a primary takeaway from our […]

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