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What Can We Learn
From Computer Games?
    by Douglas and Mary Kiang
gamesinsight.wikispaces.com
Computer programmer
                              Tech Support Specialist
  Systems analyst      Mary

Educational softwar...
Author


Dad
                  Teacher




                  Gamer
Techie
         Doug
Why this talk?
...so what can we learn
from computer games?
What was your favorite game?

What was enjoyable about it?
21st Century Skills


• Creativity and Innovation Skills
• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
• Communication an...
Why Games?


Attributes of Great Games


Recommendations
“Brains like ours alter profoundly to fit the
technologies and practices that surround them.”


                       Andy...
Games are universal
We are born
 knowing
how to play.
How do we
learn school?
What factors are creating educational
              change?
What factors are creating educational
                   change?


 Today’s                              Tomorrow’s
studen...
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Today’s Students




          Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
Kids will walk
away from homework
because it is
“too hard”...
Kids will walk away
 from a computer
   game because
  it is “too easy”.
choice
“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
games = powerful motivation
Hold on!
not all games
are created equal
What makes a great game?
Constructive

• Personalization
• Engages imagination
• Different for each person
• Different each time you play
Creative
       • Non-linear
       • Exploration
       • Discovery
       • Replayability
Complexity
• Challenging but not
  impossible
• Adapts to user
• Encourages creative
  problem-solving
• Robust strategy e...
Collaborative
      • Role-play
      • Safe risk-taking
      • Sharing creations
      • Social interactions
      • Coo...
...and last but not least


       FUN
Building
Simulations        Social/Roleplaying
                                               Games




        Creative  ...
Constructive
Lego Digital Designer
Junkbot
Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share
                                         MIT Scratch                             ...
MIT Scratch
MIT Scratch
Creative
Professor Layton and the
     Curious Village
Professor Layton and the
     Curious Village
Professor Layton and the
     Curious Village
Enigmo
Enigmo
Crayon Physics
Crayon Physics
Endless Ocean
Oxyd/Enigma
Lego Indiana Jones
Lego Indiana Jones
Wii Music
Wii Music
Wii Music
Wii Music
Complex
Caduceus
Caduceus
Spore
Spore
Spore
Spore
Spore
Spore
Finding out more...
Photo Credits
Rich Dellinger, richd.com - Chess piece
ONT Design, globe
James Gray King, African schoolchildren
Thomas Haw...
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  1. 1. What Can We Learn From Computer Games? by Douglas and Mary Kiang
  2. 2. gamesinsight.wikispaces.com
  3. 3. Computer programmer Tech Support Specialist Systems analyst Mary Educational software Elementary teacher consultant Mii Beta tester Game reviewer
  4. 4. Author Dad Teacher Gamer Techie Doug
  5. 5. Why this talk?
  6. 6. ...so what can we learn from computer games?
  7. 7. What was your favorite game? What was enjoyable about it?
  8. 8. 21st Century Skills • Creativity and Innovation Skills • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills • Communication and Collaboration Skills
  9. 9. Why Games? Attributes of Great Games Recommendations
  10. 10. “Brains like ours alter profoundly to fit the technologies and practices that surround them.” Andy Clark Director, Cognitive Sciences Program Indiana University
  11. 11. Games are universal
  12. 12. We are born knowing how to play.
  13. 13. How do we learn school?
  14. 14. What factors are creating educational change?
  15. 15. What factors are creating educational change? Today’s Tomorrow’s students world
  16. 16. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  17. 17. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  18. 18. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  19. 19. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  20. 20. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  21. 21. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  22. 22. Kids will walk away from homework because it is “too hard”...
  23. 23. Kids will walk away from a computer game because it is “too easy”.
  24. 24. choice
  25. 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. 26. games = powerful motivation
  27. 27. Hold on!
  28. 28. not all games are created equal
  29. 29. What makes a great game?
  30. 30. Constructive • Personalization • Engages imagination • Different for each person • Different each time you play
  31. 31. Creative • Non-linear • Exploration • Discovery • Replayability
  32. 32. Complexity • Challenging but not impossible • Adapts to user • Encourages creative problem-solving • Robust strategy elements
  33. 33. Collaborative • Role-play • Safe risk-taking • Sharing creations • Social interactions • Cooperative and pro-social
  34. 34. ...and last but not least FUN
  35. 35. Building Simulations Social/Roleplaying Games Creative Collaborative Complex Constructive
  36. 36. Constructive
  37. 37. Lego Digital Designer
  38. 38. Junkbot
  39. 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. 40. MIT Scratch
  41. 41. MIT Scratch
  42. 42. Creative
  43. 43. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  44. 44. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  45. 45. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  46. 46. Enigmo
  47. 47. Enigmo
  48. 48. Crayon Physics
  49. 49. Crayon Physics
  50. 50. Endless Ocean
  51. 51. Oxyd/Enigma
  52. 52. Lego Indiana Jones
  53. 53. Lego Indiana Jones
  54. 54. Wii Music
  55. 55. Wii Music
  56. 56. Wii Music
  57. 57. Wii Music
  58. 58. Complex
  59. 59. Caduceus
  60. 60. Caduceus
  61. 61. Spore
  62. 62. Spore
  63. 63. Spore
  64. 64. Spore
  65. 65. Spore
  66. 66. Spore
  67. 67. Finding out more...
  68. 68. 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
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