Fun is a Good Thing!
Video games, iKids and 21st Century Education
Sixty minutes!?
  Are you
  kidding me?
Sticky ideas?
21st century technology is absolutely
  essential for your toolkit
The top 10 jobs
  predicted for 2010
 didn’t exist     in
 2004
There are over
150 million people
 using Social Networks
more
China has
 gifted kids
 than we have kids
A seven year-old signed a
six figure endorsement deal
     to play professional video games
So what?
“Today’s students
 are no longer the people
 our educational system
 was designed to teach.”

 Marc Prensky
Tic Tac Toe 1077
Pong 1977
Galaga 1987
SimCity 1997
Second Life 2007
Games
     haven’t
gotten simpler
     over time
They’ve gotten more complex.


           Why?
Because the brain
  demands it
“Everything Bad is Good for You”
                    Steven Johnson




    “Got Game?”
       John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade...
patterns
Brains search for
Emotional chemicals increase
cognitive activity
Brains want to
 work with
    others
Games provide structured patterns
Games create emotional connections
Games encourage collaborative learning
Simpler?
“You don’t learn because
 you’re engaged. You’re
                       you’re
 engaged because
 learning”
 Nick deKanter
...
Gaming myths?
“All child drug addicts . . . are
 comic-book readers. This kind of thing is
 not good mental nourishment for
 children!”
...
www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
Scientific evidence links violence and video
  games




                            www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/i...
Scientific evidence links violence and video
  games
It’s mostly kids / mostly boys




                             www.pb...
Scientific evidence links violence and video
  games
It’s mostly kids / mostly boys
Gaming creates isolated loners




    ...
www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
“Mini” & complex games are the same




                         www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
“Mini” & complex games are the same

It’s really not that big of a deal




                              www.pbs.org/kcts...
secondlife.reuters.com
great examples
Some
www.making-history.com
www.teamtreks.com
www.discoverbabylon.org
www.knowledgematters.com
www.educationalsimulations.com
www.peacemakergame.com
www.stopdisastersgame.org
What games do you use?
Railroad / Zoo / Roller Coaster Tycoon

Sim ThemePark / Sim City

Civilization III / Rise of Nations /
  Age of Empires

T...
“The cookies on my computer
know more about me than my
       teachers do.”
         High school student
Lots of resources at:
<www.socialstudiescentral.com>
<del.icio.us/glennw98/games>

Download presentation at:
<slideshare.n...
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education
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Having Fun is a Good Thing: Video Games in Education

  1. Fun is a Good Thing! Video games, iKids and 21st Century Education
  2. Sixty minutes!? Are you kidding me?
  3. Sticky ideas?
  4. 21st century technology is absolutely essential for your toolkit
  5. The top 10 jobs predicted for 2010 didn’t exist in 2004
  6. There are over 150 million people using Social Networks
  7. more China has gifted kids than we have kids
  8. A seven year-old signed a six figure endorsement deal to play professional video games
  9. So what?
  10. “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” Marc Prensky
  11. Tic Tac Toe 1077
  12. Pong 1977
  13. Galaga 1987
  14. SimCity 1997
  15. Second Life 2007
  16. Games haven’t gotten simpler over time
  17. They’ve gotten more complex. Why?
  18. Because the brain demands it
  19. “Everything Bad is Good for You” Steven Johnson “Got Game?” John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade “Don’t Bother Me, Mom - I’m Learning!” Marc Prensky
  20. patterns Brains search for
  21. Emotional chemicals increase cognitive activity
  22. Brains want to work with others
  23. Games provide structured patterns Games create emotional connections Games encourage collaborative learning
  24. Simpler?
  25. “You don’t learn because you’re engaged. You’re you’re engaged because learning” Nick deKanter Muzzy Lane Software
  26. Gaming myths?
  27. “All child drug addicts . . . are comic-book readers. This kind of thing is not good mental nourishment for children!” Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954
  28. www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  29. Scientific evidence links violence and video games www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  30. Scientific evidence links violence and video games It’s mostly kids / mostly boys www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  31. Scientific evidence links violence and video games It’s mostly kids / mostly boys Gaming creates isolated loners www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  32. www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  33. “Mini” & complex games are the same www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  34. “Mini” & complex games are the same It’s really not that big of a deal www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  35. secondlife.reuters.com
  36. great examples Some
  37. www.making-history.com
  38. www.teamtreks.com
  39. www.discoverbabylon.org
  40. www.knowledgematters.com
  41. www.educationalsimulations.com
  42. www.peacemakergame.com
  43. www.stopdisastersgame.org
  44. What games do you use?
  45. Railroad / Zoo / Roller Coaster Tycoon Sim ThemePark / Sim City Civilization III / Rise of Nations / Age of Empires The Sims Global Conflicts: Palestine You are the Historian
  46. “The cookies on my computer
  47. know more about me than my teachers do.” High school student
  48. Lots of resources at: <www.socialstudiescentral.com> <del.icio.us/glennw98/games> Download presentation at: <slideshare.net/glennw98>

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