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Games & learning

  1. 1. Gaming & Learning EDP 632 Jiarui Yang
  2. 2. Why Games & Learning? Education in the early part of the twentieth century tended to focus on the acquisition of basic skills and content knowledge, like reading, writing, calculation, history or science. Many experts believe that success in the twenty-first century depends on education that treats higher order skills, like the ability to think, solve complex problems or interact critically through language and media. Games naturally support this form of education. They are designed to create a compelling complex problem space or world, which players come to understand through self-directed exploration.
  3. 3. WHY USE GAME-BASED LEARNING? The integration of learning with gaming make science more fun. Games motivate students to learn. Immerses them in the material so they learn more effectively. Encourages them to learn from their mistakes.
  4. 4. How to teach with games? To integrate learning and game play: 1. Work out how to give students points for accomplishing certain goals in a lesson plan 2. Decide on rewards for the victors 3. Create game pieces 4. Test your game before you run it Some important concerns include: 1. What makes a good game? 2. Playing fair 3. Grades and Games
  5. 5. Categories of games adventure games, where the player moves through a virtual world, puzzle games, such as Tetris, role-playing games, where the player assumes the role of a person or creature, such as Dungeons and Dragons, strategy games, such as The Sims, where a player’s strategy drives the game, sports games, such as golf or football, and first-person shooter games.
  6. 6. What makes a good game? Continuous Challenge Interesting Storyline Flexibility Immediate, useful rewards Combining Fun and Realism
  7. 7. Playing Fair Competition in the Classroom 1. Will the students handle competition well? 2. Is there a problem rewarding some with high scores or awards and punishing others with low scores? Focus on Winning vs. Focus on Learning
  8. 8. Grades and Games Keeping Grades and Games Separate Giving Grades for Game Performance 1. Reserve grades for tasks of the sort that are used to assess people in the working world or for tasks which are themselves learning experiences. 1. Have students compete for bonus points. 2. Use games to prepare students for exams: the challenges are basically practice exam questions. 2. Set the number of points needed to get a given grade before starting the game, especially if it is not timed. 3. Avoid turning a competitive game into an exam graded on a curve
  9. 9. Educational MUVEs Multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) are popular form of multimedia-based entertainment.
  10. 10. Overview MUVEs designed for the educational community embed tasks or problems within a virtual environment or context. Users can explore the environment and examine digital objects. Typically, there is also a means to communicate with other users and online agents. Educational MUVEs are designed to support inquirybased learning and conceptual understanding.
  11. 11. Example:River City River City is a MUVE for teaching scientific inquiry and 21st-century skills in middle school science classes. River City is designed around topics that are central to biological and epidemiological subject matter. As visitors to River City, students travel back in time, bringing their 21st-century knowledge and technology to address 19th-century problems. River City is a town besieged with health problems, and students work together in small research teams to help the town understand why residents are becoming ill.