Instead Of Going To School, This Kid Made A Game Called Spacepants

When I was 12 I didn't like school much — who did? But if someone told me I didn't have to go to school and could use the spare time to do whatever I wanted? I'd probably just spend it trying to break my speed records on Super Punch Out!! I tell you what I wouldn't have done: worked my ass off to create a critically… » 7/01/14 11:55pm 7/01/14 11:55pm

Assassin's Creed Can Actually Teach You A Thing Or Two

Assassin's Creed is a lot of things: blockbuster entertainment franchise, beautiful open-world murder simulator, inspiration for rock climbers the world over. "History textbook" doesn't seem like it would be at the top of this list. Even its dearest fans will admit that Ubisoft's series takes creative license to stray… » 5/14/14 4:00pm 5/14/14 4:00pm

Which is Worse: A Game of Thrones Spoiler, or Detention?

A French mathematics teacher is said to have devised a powerful technique for keeping classroom chatter to a minimum: Whenever his class gets too noisy, he simply writes a spoiler from Game of Thrones on the board. As in: "Oh, you haven't finished reading A Storm of Swords? LET ME TELL YOU EVERYONE WHO DIES." » 3/23/14 4:03pm 3/23/14 4:03pm

An Interview With the Teacher-Turned-Developer Behind 'Oregon Trail'

Oregon Trail, the computer simulation that sends students on a sometimes perilous journey west in the 19th century and that made its way into classrooms across the country in the 1980s and 1990s (and beyond), was originally created by three student teachers — two who led math classrooms and one who led a history class. » 2/24/14 12:03pm 2/24/14 12:03pm

​A School That's Using The Walking Dead Game To Teach Ethics

Telltale's The Walking Dead series is famous for putting the player in life-or-death ethical quandaries and forcing them to make difficult decisions. A creative teacher could probably use the game to identify moral dilemmas and explore those dilemmas with a class. As it so happens, one ethics teacher is doing just… » 1/17/14 4:00pm 1/17/14 4:00pm

Teenagers Step Up to Launch Portal 2's Space Core ... to Spaaaaaaace

Last week, my misidentification of a laser engraving on a space part suggested the wrong personality core from Portal 2 was symbolically being flown to space (a fate echoing the game's story.) A team of 18 teenagers from Nevada stepped in to restore order, and properly send the Space Core—or, well, a plushy version of… » 7/29/12 2:00pm 7/29/12 2:00pm

Dropping F-Bombs, Chinese College Student Style

Sometimes words don't translate. Sometimes they're not used correctly. And then other times, they are dead on.


A group of students from Jinan University, one of China's oldest universities, posed under the school's arch. Some held their degrees. Others held stuffed animals. One group had a sign regarding one class,… » 6/08/12 6:30am 6/08/12 6:30am

New Grads Toss Their Caps While Their School Burns, Baby, Burns

In what looks to be the greatest graduation pic ever, a group of college students in Northeastern China toss their mortarboards in the air. In the background, their school dormitory is engulfed in flames.


In the city of Dalian, a warehouse near the Dalian University of Technology caught on fire and then spread to… » 5/31/12 6:40am 5/31/12 6:40am