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Turning School Into An RPG Where You Level Up By Studying

I thought we all agreed gamification was deeply uncool and never to be mentioned again? That hasn’t stopped Classcraft‘s RPG-based program for schools spreading to 25 countries and planning to go freemium.


Hardcore Studying In China Looks Absolutely Frightening

Exams! If you are a student, you have them. And probably hate them. But your methods of staying awake probably aren’t as interesting — and downright scary — as these.


Can't Concentrate On Studying? Try This Box

Dubbed the “Study Cube”, this wooden box allows you or someone you love to buckle down and study, study, study. And when they are tired of studying, they can study some more.


These Anti-Cheating Hats Make Me Sad

A university in Thailand offered a novel way to prevent students from sneaking peeks at classmates’ tests: anti-cheating hats. Depressingly humiliating anti-cheating hats.


Japanese University Makes Special 'Forever Alone' Dining Tables

One of Japan’s most prestigious institutions, Kyoto University, has installed new lunchroom seats for students who don’t want others to watch them while they eat. Alone.


How One Teacher Turned Sixth Grade Into An MMO

Editor’s Note: Ben Bertoli is a long-time Kotaku reader and commenter, a lifetime, dedicated video gamer and a sixth-grade teacher in Indiana. He reached out to Kotaku this past week to share the story of how he turned his class into a role-playing game. The enthusiasm and motivation of the children in Bertoli’s class evoke the success stories seen in gamified experiences such as Fitocracy. Here, Bertoli explains his creation, ClassRealm, how it works and what motivated him to develop it.


7th-Graders Make A Paper-Mache Video Game You Can't Play

Elisabeth Willis is my kind of art teacher. She’s encouraging her students to create their own video game characters in real life. Her 7th grade class assignment was so popular this spring that she’s already been asked to put together a panel for the National Art Educators Association—and she’s not even a full-time teacher yet.


Some College Kids Get To Play Portal For Class Credit

“Enduring Questions” is a mandatory class for freshmen at Wabash College. The syllabus? Gilgamesh, Aristotle, Goffman, Donneā€¦and Portal. That’s because it’s taught by Michael “http://www.brainygamer.com/”>Brainy Gamer” Abbot, profiled in this piece by Patrick Klepek that’s certainly worth reading on Giant Bomb.


Teaching First-Graders With Minecraft

When his five-year-old daughter built a treehouse by herself in Minecraft, Joel Levin, a computer teacher at Manhattan’s Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, got the idea to try incorporating the PC game into his lesson plan at school. He worried about numerous possibilities that the game would simply be incompatible with students that young, but he was relieved and gratified to discover he was wrong.


British Teacher Finks On 600 Kids Over Late-Night Gaming

In what sounds like the opening to a Dr Seuss book, parents of all 600 children in Mr Gribble’s school got a fearful note saying their kids report to class sleepy and distracted, because they’re up as late as 4am playing video games.