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Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
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Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
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Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
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Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
Video Games For TIES 2008
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Video Games For TIES 2008
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  • 1. Online Simulations and Having F Video Games un is a G ood Thing ! Glenn Wiebe glennw@essdack.org
  • 2. Sticky idea?
  • 3. Video games help to rewire brains
  • 4. This is Erin
  • 5. Erin hates history
  • 6. She’s not that fond of science, math or english either
  • 7. and
  • 8. she’s not alone
  • 9. “I have to power down when I get to school.” HS student
  • 10. So what?
  • 11. “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” Marc Prensky
  • 12. “If you wanted to create an educational environment that was directly opposed to what the brain is good at doing . . .
  • 13. “. . . you would probably design something like a modern classroom.” John Medina Brain Rules
  • 14. Yeah . . . so?
  • 15. Tic Tac Toe
  • 16. Pong
  • 17. Galaga
  • 18. SimCity
  • 19. Second Life
  • 20. Games haven’t gotten simpler over time
  • 21. They’ve gotten more complex
  • 22. Why?
  • 23. Because the brain demands it
  • 24. “The brain developed to solve problems relating to surviving in an unstable, outdoor environment and to do so in near constant motion.” John Medina Brain Rules
  • 25. Can I eat it?
  • 26. Can it eat me?
  • 27. Can I have sex with it?
  • 28. What then . . . is your job?
  • 29. Convince a 14 year old that writing a five paragraph essay is essential for her survival
  • 30. Brains search for patterns
  • 31. Brains work best when emotional chemicals are increased
  • 32. Brains want to work with others
  • 33. Games provide structured patterns
  • 34. Games create emotional connections
  • 35. Games encourage collaborative learning
  • 36. Games become about “survival”
  • 37. “Better theories of learning are embedded in the video games many children play than in the schools they attend.” James Gee What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Literacy & Learning
  • 38. Grand Theft Childhood Lawrence Kutner How Computer Games Help Children Learn David Williamson Shaffer Don’t Bother Me, Mom -- I’m Learning! Marc Prensky
  • 39. So . . . whatcha thinkin’?
  • 40. AP US History
  • 41. Let’s play a little! Have fun but . . . be thinking just a bit about learning theory
  • 42. Get the goodies at: historytech.wordpress.com Presentations - “Having Fun is a Good Thing”
  • 43. www.stopdisastersgame.org
  • 44. magic.pen.fizzlebot.com
  • 45. What are the characteristics of a highly effective learning environment?
  • 46. • Students get to control the action / make choices • Players become the experts • Creativity & problem solving are encouraged • Receive immediate feedback
  • 47. • There’s always an answer • “Modding” is supported • Trial and error works best • It’s almost always better in groups
  • 48. What games do you use?
  • 49. “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
  • 50. Gaming myths?
  • 51. www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 52. Scientific evidence links violence and video games www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 53. Scientific evidence links violence and video games It’s mostly kids & mostly boys www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 54. 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
  • 55. www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 56. “Mini” & complex games are the same www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 57. “Mini” & complex games are the same It’s really not that big of a deal www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html
  • 58. secondlife.reuters.com
  • 59. What can you adapt? What are some questions? What are some possible challenges?
  • 60. Third World Farmer www.3rdworldfarmer.com
  • 61. www.nanoquest.ie
  • 62. www.knowledgematters.com
  • 63. www.dimensionm.com
  • 64. www.discoverbabylon.org
  • 65. www.beyondspaceandtime.org
  • 66. www.seriousgamesresearch.com
  • 67. www.nps.gov/webrangers
  • 68. www.plimoth.org/education/olc
  • 69. www.teamtreks.com
  • 70. www.educationalsimulations.com
  • 71. electrocity.co.nz
  • 72. www.making-history.com
  • 73. mystworlds.ubi.com
  • 74. www.peacemakergame.com
  • 75. www.travelpod.com/traveler-iq
  • 76. www.budgethero.org
  • 77. So what kinds of things can games do?
  • 78. Games can: • increase literacy skills • teach problem solving skills • simulate authentic situations • encourage collaboration • engage students in content • lead to sophisticated research
  • 79. And what kinds of questions should a teacher ask?
  • 80. Challenges
  • 81. Challenges Takes time • What are you willing to give up? Standards alignment • Games are just a tool / not a silver bullet
  • 82. Takes money • Hardware / software / computer upgrades Technology issues • Not enough stations or “power” • Appropriate games • Apple vs. PC
  • 83. Assessment issues • PBL rubrics, participation grade, self- evaluation, presentations & written work
  • 84. Tips Know about cheat codes and walkthroughs Parental permission Look for demo games
  • 85. Quick start? Read about games Play a favorite game Ask your kids about their games Start with online “mini” games
  • 86. What’s your elevator speech?
  • 87. quot;People do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.quot; Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 88. Tech integration questions? Social studies issues? I would love to hear from you! Glenn Wiebe glennw@essdack.org socialstudiescentral.com historytech.wordpress.com View presentations at: slideshare.net/glennw98

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