“...the designers ofmany good games have hit on profoundly good methods of getting people to learn and to enjoy learning.” ‐James Paul Gee, University of Madison Wisconsin
Learning works best when new challenges are “pleasantly frustrating” in the sense of being felt by learners to be at the outer edge of, but within their “regime of competence”. That is, these challenges feel hard, but doable.(Gee, 2007, p. 36).
How Do Games Teach?•Social Interaction (Collaborative Learning)•Customized Experiences (Differentiation/Learner Control)•Achievement (Mastery Learning)•Relevance (Contextual Learning)•Multimedia (Multiple Intelligences)
“Todays game designers have figured out something todays educators are still searching for: how to make learning engaging for todays kids. It would be a shame not to employ this knowledge in our classrooms.” ‐Marc Prensky
11 Tips for Bringing VideoGames Into Your Media Center
“What if?” world history with Civilization IV. •Multiplayer or single‐player. •Strategy/research/decision‐making. •Rich world history information. •This game is currently only $7.89 on Amazon!
Nickel‐and‐dimed challenge in The SIMS 2. •Game can be easily modified. •Can you play the part of a single mother with no marketable skills whose only goal is to raise one or more children to high school graduation? •Teaching point‐of‐view and perspective.
Study statistics with Madden 2012.•How do players’ in‐game statistics compare to the real world?•Predict outcomes of a game based on known statistics.•Are game statistics accurate?
Tell a story using Neverwinter Nights 2.•Rich, fantasy roleplay game.•Includes development tools allowing players to completely build and script their own world that other players can experience.•Strong writing/literacy connection.
Build A World With Minecraft!•Imagine a world made of LEGOs.•Host your own server, locally.•Build all sorts of things: buildings, roller coasters, computers, art, and more.•Appeal to all ages.
Explore Language Arts in World of Warcraft! •Rich, multiplayer, fantasy world. •Build reading and writing skill. •Develop leadership, digital citizenship, social skills. •Full curriculum already developed!