No Pineapple Left Behind

No Pineapple Left Behind spends too long in the classroom

You are a school principal. You see a student who is being bullied. His parents ask for you to keep an eye out on him, make sure his feelings aren’t hurt. There will be hell to pay if he is sad when he goes home. You could stop kids from picking on him. Or you could help his self-esteem. But the easiest way to not get an earful from the student’s parents? Have his teachers use lasers to turn him into a pineapple. In No Pineapple Left Behind, from Subaltern Games, you play as this peculiar principal. You have to…


How multiplayer games make you brighter

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that multiplayer gaming makes us brighter, better-adjusted human beings, but now we have empirical evidence. A New York University study shows that playing educational games boosts morale for learning in middle-schoolers. Playing seems fosters the optimal environment for learning.  “Well-designed games can motivate students to learn less popular subjects, such as math,” says Jan Plass, an author of the study. “Game-based learning can actually get students interested in the subject matter, and can broaden their focus beyond just collecting stars or points.” This is important because the traditional method of learning has…


This professor held his classroom inside Minecraft. Do schools need to level up?

Dr. Jeff Brand is a Professor of Interactive Media at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia, and his Minecraft character looks more or less like he does. It’s balding, has two black square eyes, and wears a wide toothy, gaping smile. This is relevant because Brand had his students replicate in Minecraft the Arch Building, the oblong brick structure where their class is held. Then, In late January, after tropical cyclone Oswald dumped a deluge of muddy water on the Queensland region, the school was closed. Desperate times called for desperate measures. Determined not to fall behind in his lesson…