Thursday, February 16, 2017

What if we let students produce with content?

We are striving to get students to move beyond content recall. We know it's not the goal. More specifically, we're striving to re-invent schools and educational experiences so that our units aim for skills and conceptual understandings that will help students be successful in the future.

Unfortunately, most of our learning experiences are still rooted in a traditional model.
We ask students to producers of content instead of producers with content.

In recent years, the increased use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and authentic assessment techniques such as GRASPS in recent years, have helped change this model. But one area where we seem to have missed the mark is in Games-Based Learning (GBL) or gamifying the classroom.  Games-Based Learning and gamification are certainly different. Steven Isaacs (@mr_isaacs) does a good job of describing the difference. But for the sake of this post, they are going to be treated the same.

This is because many (but certainly not all) of these efforts are focused on making learning more engaging - but unfortunately, the learning goal is still largely focused on content recall. Certainly, the GBL world is closer to making a meaningful shift  If our GBL environments are focused on the following, we're making progress.

  • quests within a recall environment
  • decision making within a (academic?) context
  • critical thinking and problem solving
To take the next steps, we need more environments where students go beyond choices and decisions based on understanding the content. We need environments where they demonstrate their understanding of the content by producing solutions with that content. They need a context of creation that is authentic. They need to think and act like scientists, historians, and journalists and we need to create these environments.

That can happen in biology, history, music, art... just about anywhere, including economics and business classes which how we apply this concept with simCEO.

As business and economic simulations go, we can share the required content and then present a scenario to students and ask them to identify the "correct" choice. Or, we can put them in an environment like simCEO where we ask them to utilize the required content to create and manage a company within an authentic context. You might understand and recognize supply & demand, tariffs, or marketing techniques in theory, but how will you change your business plan because these elements are introduced into your simulation.

And here's where the power of games has great potential: The introduction of that content should produce different responses, solutions, and creations for each student. Introducing a tariff into an environment does not have the same result for every company. Students learn different perspectives and different solutions from one another.

That's the real world. It's contextual. It's applied. 

PBL advocates have known this for a long time and we need our GBL environments to move in this direction.

We need students who can take new content and apply it within a context. 







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Partner For Young Entrepreneurs

Change lives. Change communities.


We're looking to make a difference. Are you?

SimCEO is an innovative way to bring entrepreneurship to young adults.  We're looking to establish partnerships with local agencies dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in young adults.

Here's our simple plan.

1. simCEO will share the simulation - free of charge - for multiple years with selected schools and local organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

2. Working in collaboration with local schools, the partner organization and simCEO research the learning gains made and the long-term impact on students.

When we collaborate, students and communities win.

Let's help develop young entrepreneurs. Inquire at info@simceo.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit
www.simceo.org
Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Attend one of our webinars for instructors.
Check out our Getting Started resources.
Interested in joining a pilot program?  Help us research the learning effectiveness of simCEO, and get cool stuff!
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Share an innovation in GBL. Earn Income

SimCEO is an innovative learning opportunity:
  • introducing entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills into the school day at a time when these important topics are being increasingly squeezed out
  • pushing the boundaries of Games-Based Learning (GBL) by creating real-world environments without "correct" answers where students are both creators and evaluators of each other's quality as they pursue goals.


Are you interested in earning income while helping others experience this valuable resource?


Jetlag Learning, makers of simCEO, is seeking current users to help us get the word out by offering short presentations to other potential users. Each time you sign someone else up to play simCEO, you're bringing entrepreneurship and financial literacy to a new group of students - and you will earn cash along the way.

Let us know if you're interested.


Applicants should:
  • Be familiar with how simCEO works and the options that instructors have within it
  • Be committed to and able to articulate the innovative model of games-based learning
  • Understand the needs of educators
  • Have effective personal communication skills
  • Complete the application steps below.


Successful applicants:
  • Will earn money in a highly competitive commission program
  • Will be paid as an independent contractor
  • Will have the option to work in a salaried position should simCEO need full or part-time support in sales and marketing.


To learn more and apply:
Send a letter explaining why you would be successful in turning others onto the wonders of simCEO, a brief resume (so we know where you are or have recently worked) and a personal philosophy statement about using technology, and specifically, games-based learning in the classroom. Send to info@simCEO.org




LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit www.simceo.org
Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Attend one of our webinars for instructors.
Check out our Getting Started resources.
Interested in partnering to foster youth entrepreneurship?
Interested in joining a pilot program?  Help us research the learning effectiveness of simCEO, and get cool stuff!
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Change Learning


At Jetlag Learning, we think big to transform education, and we believe that effective Games-Based-Learning has huge potential. We envision
  • Students as creators with (your) content and evaluators of quality
  • Real world environments: open-ended and dynamic
  • Moving beyond recall: Develop business plans and other real products for a real audience
  • Empowering educators to customize and target learning



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LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit www.simceo.org
Attend one of our webinars for instructors.
Check out our Getting Started resources.
Interested in partnering to foster youth entrepreneurship?
Interested in joining a pilot program?  Help us research the learning effectiveness of simCEO, and get cool stuff!
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pilot simCEO - Push us to the next level of EdTech GBL!

We believe simCEO represents a new form of online learning - where learners simultaneously create and evaluate each other's creation in a dynamic environment controlled by the instructor!

Learn more about our pilot program to help play a part in helping to make this innovative learning even more effective! Test new features.



Why join a pilot?
  • Because your input will help future students and instructors!
  • Contribute to the development of a new model in games-based learning.
  • Build your professional resume.
  • Connect with other innovative educators to share ideas.
  • Earn 100 simCredits of the new site for your district.
  • OPTIONAL: Have your name immortalized (well, printed on our site) as an innovator and contributor towards the development of the new features.


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LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit www.simceo.org
Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Attend one of our webinars
Check out our Getting Started resources.
Interested in partnering to foster youth entrepreneurship?
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Getting Started Resources



Looking to get started?

Take a look below. If you can't find what you want, let us know.

Getting Started Videos

SET UP

PLAYING SIMCEO


WANT US TO ADD A VIDEO? LET US KNOW.



We're always on the lookout for instructors interested in joining a pilot program to help us research the innovative learning within simCEO.

Still have a question?
Login and open up a support ticket or email us at support@simceo.org 

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LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit www.simceo.org
Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Attend one of our webinars for instructors.
Interested in partnering to foster youth entrepreneurship?
Interested in joining a pilot program?  Help us research the learning effectiveness of simCEO, and get cool stuff!
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Join Our Webinars



To kick off 2017, we're kicking off a series of simCEO Webinars and Teacher Q&A.

The webinars will review the steps to set up simCEO. And, we want to hear from you!  Share your questions, get feedback from our staff, and listen to ideas from other instructors.

Or, schedule a one-on-one 20 minute webinar help session to help address any questions you have.

Here's a look at our upcoming webinars.
  • Mondays 9:00 am EST       Feb. 13, Feb.27, March 13
  • Tuesdays 4:00 pm EST       Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 14 
  • Wednesdays 9:00 am EST  Feb. 22, March 8
  • Thursdays 4:00 pm EST     Feb. 23, March 9
  • Fridays 9:00 pm EST         Feb. 17, March 3
  • Saturdays 10:00 am EST   Feb. 25, March 11

Reserve a space for a webinar here and get 20 free simCredits. (Limit of 10 participants.)

Or, set up a time for a personal 15-30 minute consultation. Email info@simceo.org 

Each webinar we'll also feature a particular topic. Stay current with each week's session by following us on Twitter @simCEO   (We'll put out reminders there and share the topic.)

TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • Customizing what you want from students: Tips to help students create business plans that address your content.
  • How instructors define the sim environment (time/place) to give students context
  • How instructors use simCEO with student teams/groups
  • Making simCEO cross-disciplinary: Ideas from instructors for Math, Science, History, Writing, and Arts integration
  • Assessing student understanding/actions by using News Articles
  • Students as creators and simultaneous evaluators of quality: How can you assess both in simCEO?
  • Why (and how) Instructors Should Choose to Influence Student Share Prices

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HOW TO JOIN?
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/6641013445

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,6641013445# or +14086380968,6641013445#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 664 101 3445
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=thBVfecFgFr3fjuPVJcPrCRQ70w1c3d4

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LEARN MORE ABOUT SIMCEO
Visit www.simceo.org
Learn more about how we hope to change learning.
Check out our Getting Started resources.
Interested in joining a pilot program?  Help us research the learning effectiveness of simCEO, and get cool stuff!
Follow us on Twitter @simCEO and join our Facebook Group