Using games in the classroom with Minecraft Examples : dragnoz

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• What is Gamification
• Why the use of games in the classroom
• Can a curriculum be taught using Games?
• Which games to use

• Minecraft use examples

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  • Kerbal spaceprogram you need to help the Kerbals become a space faring race by building and launching rockets.
  • scratch is not a game as such but a coding platform that teaches kids the fundamentals of coding. HOWEVER I have seen teacher do amazing multi discipline learning sessions where they use the design (offline), research, art, storyboarding and writing of the kids to create the “game”. They will hook this into their overall cross subject lesson plans.
  • Little big planet is a Playstation Console game but has been used to great success in the classroom. As with all games in the classroom the kids will first research, design and write out the script for the game and then take turns to build a level based on the current learning plan
  • Using games in the classroom with Minecraft Examples : dragnoz

    1. 1. How Gamification is adding the fun factor to learning • What is Gamificatio • Why the use of games in the classroom • Can a curriculum be taught using Games? • Bringing gaming into the real world • What the future holds for gamification of education
    2. 2. Who Am I? www.dragnoz.com • Production and Games Designer for Wonder Quest • Games based learning consultant • Public Speaker • Online Educator • YouTube Personality • Educational Games designer. • a Father
    3. 3. What is Gamification?
    4. 4. Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals Classic Definition
    5. 5. …. BUT this is not what we will be talking about… We are going to be looking at actual computer games used in classrooms and distant learning.
    6. 6. Why use games as a teaching tool inside and outside the classroom?
    7. 7. The obvious….
    8. 8. The not so obvious….
    9. 9. We teach kids in our world. In a world we as adults have spent a lifetime to understand. It’s an environment we seem to control. Where we seem to make the rules. We use language and concepts that is foreign and often makes no sense to a young mind. Children just inhabit a different world from us. Our World.
    10. 10. But games…. Now there is a world they understand. They know the rules. They understand the concepts. They have control over their environment.
    11. 11. Games use a language that kids understand… … in a world that makes sense to them. Embracing that world gives you access to unprecedented teaching opportunities” Key Take Away!
    12. 12. Homework: When you get home, go and play a game or two with your kid. Any game will do. Ask them about the rules. The storyline and what they think are learning from it.
    13. 13. Can a curriculum be taught using games?
    14. 14. In a formal educational environment games can be used to enhance the learning experience. It should be combined with offline activities such as drawing up plans on paper, researching subjects, group work and many other activities.
    15. 15. Keyword is: Enhance, not replace or substitute.
    16. 16. In distant or self guided learning custom games can be used to reach an audience which you as an educator don’t normally have access to.
    17. 17. But which games should I consider?
    18. 18. Kerbal space program https://kerbalspaceprogram.com
    19. 19. Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/
    20. 20. Sim City / Skylines www.simcity.com/
    21. 21. Little Big Planet littlebigplanet.playstation.com
    22. 22. Disney Infinity https://infinity.disney.com
    23. 23. Minecraft MinecraftEDU https://minecraft.net/ http://minecraftedu.com/
    24. 24. Use Cases: Minecraft
    25. 25. Wonder Questhttps://www.youtube.com/Wonderquest
    26. 26. Media watchdog group Common Sense Media is bestowing its seal of approval on more than two dozen TV programs for kids, tweens, teens and families. Among the 25 programs given the Common Sense Seal for TV are six Netflix TV series, one series each from Amazon and YouTube, and many from traditional broadcast and cable networks. Winners include Dragons: Race to the Edge and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (both on Netflix), Marvel's Agent Carter (ABC), Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins TV special (PBS), Wishenpoof! (Amazon Prime), Disney TV movie Descendants, and Wonder Quest (YouTube). Best TV programs for kids, teens and families include Amazon, Netflix shows
    27. 27. Royal Foundation / Zoological Society of London http://wearetherangers.com/
    28. 28. Tate Art Gallery http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft
    29. 29. Guardian Newspaper http://www.theguardian.com/environment/keep-it-in-the-ground-blog
    30. 30. Questions?

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