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  • 1. What Can We Learn From Computer Games? by Douglas and Mary Kiang
  • 2. gamesinsight.wikispaces.com
  • 3. Computer programmer Tech Support Specialist Systems analyst Mary Educational software Elementary teacher consultant Mii Beta tester Game reviewer
  • 4. Author Dad Teacher Gamer Techie Doug
  • 5. Why this talk?
  • 6. ...so what can we learn from computer games?
  • 7. What was your favorite game? What was enjoyable about it?
  • 8. 21st Century Skills • Creativity and Innovation Skills • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills • Communication and Collaboration Skills
  • 9. Why Games? Attributes of Great Games Recommendations
  • 10. “Brains like ours alter profoundly to fit the technologies and practices that surround them.” Andy Clark Director, Cognitive Sciences Program Indiana University
  • 11. Games are universal
  • 12. We are born knowing how to play.
  • 13. How do we learn school?
  • 14. What factors are creating educational change?
  • 15. What factors are creating educational change? Today’s Tomorrow’s students world
  • 16. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 17. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 18. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 19. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 20. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 21. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  • 22. Kids will walk away from homework because it is “too hard”...
  • 23. Kids will walk away from a computer game because it is “too easy”.
  • 24. choice
  • 25. “Work is all that a body is obliged to do. Play is all that a body is not obliged to do.” Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  • 26. games = powerful motivation
  • 27. Hold on!
  • 28. not all games are created equal
  • 29. What makes a great game?
  • 30. Constructive • Personalization • Engages imagination • Different for each person • Different each time you play
  • 31. Creative • Non-linear • Exploration • Discovery • Replayability
  • 32. Complexity • Challenging but not impossible • Adapts to user • Encourages creative problem-solving • Robust strategy elements
  • 33. Collaborative • Role-play • Safe risk-taking • Sharing creations • Social interactions • Cooperative and pro-social
  • 34. ...and last but not least FUN
  • 35. Building Simulations Social/Roleplaying Games Creative Collaborative Complex Constructive
  • 36. Constructive
  • 37. Lego Digital Designer
  • 38. Junkbot
  • 39. Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share MIT Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ home projects galleries support forums about my stuff Language Login or Signup for an account search imagine • program • share Download Scratch 1.3 Get the latest version to create of Scratch for stories, games and share your creations on Windows or Mac. Snap together blocks and animations the web Newest Projects See more Scratch Design Studio Our Planet Create an animated story about the environment. Make your voice and ideas heard about what is request for fox… Make_a_Sprite_L… purple elephant… by Thefoxfreind by coolguy00 by person997 happening to our planet and what we can do to care for it. Your project might just change the world! Featured Projects See more See more Featured Galleries gochMusic KMM dance dress up! Paint your own … Thanksgiving contest by sunnygirl1 by deerel by micropeep Intro to Scrat… See more Top Remixed Lately See more Popular Tags 3d, animation, anime, art, awesome, ball, car, cat, cool, dance, fun, funny, Add A Face In A Box Add A Face Add_A_Face[1] by MohamedSadek by Tanner-FBI by brie700 game, games, halo, mario,
  • 40. MIT Scratch
  • 41. MIT Scratch
  • 42. Creative
  • 43. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • 44. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • 45. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • 46. Enigmo
  • 47. Enigmo
  • 48. Crayon Physics
  • 49. Endless Ocean
  • 50. Endless Ocean
  • 51. Endless Ocean
  • 52. Oxyd/Enigma
  • 53. Lego Indiana Jones
  • 54. Lego Indiana Jones
  • 55. Wii Music
  • 56. Wii Music
  • 57. Wii Music
  • 58. Wii Music
  • 59. Complex
  • 60. Caduceus
  • 61. Caduceus
  • 62. Spore
  • 63. Spore
  • 64. Spore
  • 65. Spore
  • 66. Spore
  • 67. Spore
  • 68. Finding out more...
  • 69. Photo Credits Rich Dellinger, richd.com - Chess piece ONT Design, globe James Gray King, African schoolchildren Thomas Hawk, Leaving B Tal, Swingset Patrick Q, Globe Ram., Clock Mod Soul, PSPBoy Cayusa, Bokeh Remote WatchTVonyourPC.com, TV Channels brickshelf.com, Lego car HckySo - Somewhere Not Here glenn, winding slipperybrick.com, Lego advertisement arimoore, make peace