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Cengage Learning Webinar, Mathematics: Digital Games to Learn Math

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What if you could harness the energy students put into gaming to learning math? You can. During this April 2, 2013 webinar, Dan Petrak, Des Moines Area Community College explored how to enrich your …

What if you could harness the energy students put into gaming to learning math? You can. During this April 2, 2013 webinar, Dan Petrak, Des Moines Area Community College explored how to enrich your course and your students' learning experience.

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  • 1. Digital Games to Learn Math Presenter: Dan Petrak Des Moines Area Community College Email: dgpetrak@dmacc.edu Twitter handle: dgpetrak
  • 2. What is a Game?
  • 3. Is Math like a Game?Goals? Yes Rules? YesFeedback system? Eventually…Voluntary participation? Are you kidding me?
  • 4. What are we missing?Engagement and Motivation! Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
  • 5. Raph Koster – A Theory of Fun
  • 6. Flow
  • 7. Learning within Flow Optimal Learning comes from Desirable Difficulty Students should be making errors if we want to optimize learning Normally very uncomfortableThis is natural when playing games!
  • 8. Digital Games provide…• Instant and non-threatening feedback• Mentally Demanding• Customized learning through leveling, challenge, and game mechanics Hard Fun!
  • 9. Fun is the Feeling we get from learning in Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/2187892869/sizes/o/
  • 10. Why Digital Games for Math? Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
  • 11. Games can help the diverse learners in our classrooms by Individualized and targeted instruction Remediation Optimized learning with Flow
  • 12. Many math skills fit this model.
  • 13. Experience
  • 14. HypothesizeFeedback loop helps students construct understanding of the rules.We crave patterns and we want to fit our experiences into a schema.
  • 15. Formalize and Practice• We can help students formalize what they are experiencing.• Games can also be used to practice the skills. Image by Lisa Haney
  • 16. Ultimately what is our goal?• Deep procedural understanding• Deep conceptual understanding
  • 17. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Motion Math: Conceptual Fractions Found in: iTunes App Store
  • 18. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Algeburst: Simplify Expressions Found in: iTunes App Store
  • 19. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Factor-tris: Factors of Whole Numbers Found at: HotMath.com
  • 20. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Algeboats: Evaluate Expressions Found in: iTunes App Store
  • 21. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Dragon Box: Solving Equations Found in: iTunes App Store
  • 22. To find other gamesMaria Andersen’s Bloghttp://busynessgirl.com/
  • 23. To learn more consider joining
  • 24. edWeb enables you to…
  • 25. Let the Games Begin!