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Jordan Shapiro was a professional chef and successful restaurateur for many years before he realized he wasn't living in a way that modeled the kind of life he wanted for his two sons. He sold the restaurant and studied Jungian/Archetypal psychology, philosophy, and phenomenology. Now, he teaches in Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Department. He's an expert on game-based education and digital learning. And he's an author, speaker, and organizational facilitator. His most recent book is entitled: FREEPLAY: A VIdeo Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss.

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Here's Why We Need Video Games in Every Classroom

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Video games teach critical thinking, problem solving skills, and perseverance while building metacognitive skills.

Game-based learning can provide systematic, data driven teaching in a way that forces creative problem solving rather than rote memorization. And video games can do that in a way that is replicable, scalable, and increasingly affordable...

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Endorses Keystone XL Pipeline

(316) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:31 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is in favor of the proposed oil pipeline route through the middle of the United States, joining other Midwestern governors who are urging President Barack Obama to approve its construction.

The Democratic governor endorsed the Keystone XL pipeline in a letter...

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The Trouble With 21st Century Skills

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 5:56 PM

Angela Duckworth was recently awarded a $625,000 "no strings attached" MacArthur genius grant for her research on "Grit." Along with perseverance, initiative, and optimism, grit is one of the hottest buzzwords in K-12 education. Many teachers, policy makers, and reformers are shifting their focus from cognitive skills to character attributes....

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Life Is Like Video Games: It's All About the Gold Coins

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 8:37 AM

This is a post about false profits. No, I didn't spell that wrong -- although, oddly enough, there is some evidence that "profit" and "prophet" have related origins. And in some ways this post might be understood as being about the similarity between these two words. This is a post...

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Research Says Screen Time Can Be Good for Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Screen time is not all bad for your kids. They can learn a ton from video games. And when parents and children are watching or playing together, kids are internalizing important social skills. Being intentional about the messages you send to your kids about media is a missing link in...

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3 Ways to Be Edgier

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Hardly a day goes by that I don't crave a little edge, a little oomph, some pizzaz.

When we say something isn't edgy enough -- a piece of writing, a song, an advertising campaign, a marketing strategy, a new product -- we are asking for more uniqueness and distinction.

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