&quot;Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music&quot; -- Kristen Wilson, Nintendo Inc. 1989 excessivelydangerousthing.com/alchemist/ljcar...
Y some teachers Don’t computer games and perhaps why they should Karl Royle
"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music" -- Kristen Wilson, Nintendo Inc. 1989
Far from turning teenagers into anti-social loners, video games help them engage with friends and community, says a report.
The Pew Internet study of US teenagers found that few play alone and most join up with friends when gaming.
It found that many used educational games to learn about world issues and to begin to engage with politics.
The report also found that gaming had become an almost universal pastime among young Americans.
The survey of 1,102 teenagers aged 12-17 revealed that 99% of boys and 94% of girls across the socio-economic spectrum play some kind of computer or video game.
The most popular title was Guitar Hero, followed by Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire, and Dance Dance Revolution.
The study found that 52% of the teenagers played games that involved thinking about moral and ethical issues, 43% played games in which they made decisions about how a community, city or nation should be run, and 40% played games where they learned about a social issue.
A little under half of all teachers think that playing computer games can lead to young people developing antisocial behaviours. Futurelab 2009
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How games are used in education… Educational games Cots Mods Virtual worlds As media study As a subject games design e.g. mission maker As a tool for learning and curriculum planning because of them being part of the social fabric of children's lives As a way for teachers to learn about problem based learning Serious games
What about teachers? 35 % have already used computer games 49% think that they cause anti social behaviour 65% would consider using computer games
Why games don’t work in teaching situations but do work in learning. Caillois (2001) outlined six formal qualities of games: What’s good- what’s bad?
Separateness (from events outside the rules) ( Immersiveness )
Uncertainty of outcome
Governed by rules
Make believe (not real)
Indeterminate completion time
Tendency towards complexity
Proven - Learning skills in games and games technology
Problem solving/ thinking
An example: Problem solving Class room science
Situated Science in DoomEd - pedagogy of purpose.. www.desq.co.uk/doomed
The mod is a bit short, but great though. i guess i even learned a bit 'bout chemistry and radiation! and yeah, that scene with the athmosphere, i first just turned on all of the oxygen, and thought it was done, because the speakerwoman stopped warning me. then i opened the door saw the zombies, first reaction: shotgun and BOOM the whole hall busts apart. man thats cool. maybe this is the next generation's way of school? i would dig it. learning, zombies, learning, zombies.”
selection of technology which had a high social status challenging negative perceptions of a specific technology utilisation of those with in-depth understanding of the learning potential of technologies to model to others. movement from consideration of the technical status of the technology in isolation to recognition of the role played by its social and learning status
Capacity for innovation Risk taking and experimentation Leadership support Openness and sharing Recognition of individuals’ existing knowledge Mentoring others Legitimisation
The degree of alignment between the innovation and the needs and concerns of individuals and teams Meet the needs of teachers or pupils Add to core activities of teams Align with the overall strategic aims of organisations Be underpinned by core educational values .
Skills, habits and leverage for learning that crosses boundaries
Situated literacy practices in Fifa 09
Rather than seeing games as a fun incentive for learning, some teachers viewed games as an integral part of many young people’s lives that it is the teacher ’s duty to understand and to engage with in the classroom futurelab 09 Ofcom found that children’s bedrooms were increasingly becoming “multi-media centres”, with those aged 12 to 15 having at least six media devices in their rooms, including the internet, MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. Those aged eight to 11 had, on average, four devices in their rooms. Ofcom 2009