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  • 1. Video Games & Game Creationhaving fu n is a goo d thing! Glenn Wiebe glennw@essdack.org ©2011
  • 2. “If you wanted tocreate an educationalenvironment that was directly opposed towhat the brain is good at doing . . .
  • 3. “. . . you wouldprobably designsomething like amodernclassroom.”John MedinaBrain Rules
  • 4. Tic Tac Toe
  • 5. Pong
  • 6. Galaga
  • 7. SimCity
  • 8. World of Warcraft
  • 9. games haven’t gottensimpler over time
  • 10. they’ve gotten more complex
  • 11. Why?
  • 12. because the brain demands it
  • 13. “The brain developed to solveproblems relating to surviving inan unstable, outdoor environmentand to do so in near constantmotion.”John MedinaBrain Rules
  • 14. can I eat it?
  • 15. can iteat me?
  • 16. can I have sex with it?
  • 17. what then . . .is your job?
  • 18. convince a highschool kid that a five paragraph essayis essential for her survival
  • 19. effective brain learning researchenvironments
  • 20. video games
  • 21. “Better theories of learning areembedded in the video games manychildren play than in the schoolsthey attend.”James GeeWhat Video Games Have to Teach UsAbout Literacy & Learning
  • 22. so what kinds of things cangames do?
  • 23. teach problem solving skillssimulate authentic situationsincrease literacy skills
  • 24. encourage collaborationsupport intellectual complexitycreate individualized learning
  • 25. so you want tomake your own games?
  • 26. understand gamingunderstand game designunderstand your contentunderstand goals
  • 27. understand that failure is an option
  • 28. www.scholastic.com/createvideogames
  • 29. Free / Online * gamestarmechanic.com * gamesalad.com
  • 30. scratch.mit.edualice.org
  • 31. planetkodu.comsploder.com
  • 32. D Gam eMaker 3S andbox www.sandboxgamemaker.comwww.agentsheets.com
  • 33. not Free www.yoyogames.com www.clickteam.com
  • 34. www.rpgmakerweb.comwww.stagecast.com * www.adventuremaker.com
  • 35. • Business Strategy Game• Snack Bar Sim• Restaurant Empire• John Deere: American Farmer• The Sims 2: Open for Business• Zoo Tycoon• Build a Lot• tinyurl.com/3s5vytm
  • 36. Game Creation for Teens Jason DarbyRPG Maker for Teens Michael Duggan
  • 37. Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design Scott RogersScratch Programming for Teens Jerry Lee Ford
  • 38. German Coast Guard?
  • 39. what are you “zinking” about?
  • 40. "People do not quit playingbecause they grow old; theygrow old because they quitplaying."Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 41. have more questions? contact: Glenn Wiebe glennw@essdack.org socialstudiescentral.com historytech.wordpress.com View presentations at: slideshare.net/glennw98