Games for Learning Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. Professor & Chair Dept. of Educational Technology [email_address]
Why Game-Based Learning? <ul><li>Can provide a sense of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Engage students in “ flow ,” optimal...
Strengths & Obstacles <ul><li>Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to integrate with curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to bala...
Learn to Game <ul><li>Fun Brain </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Games for Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Planet </li></ul><ul>...
Game to Learn <ul><li>Zoombinis </li></ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis </li></ul><ul><li>Conspiracy Code </li></ul><ul><li>WoW i...
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  1. 1. Games for Learning Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. Professor & Chair Dept. of Educational Technology [email_address]
  2. 2. Why Game-Based Learning? <ul><li>Can provide a sense of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Engage students in “ flow ,” optimal zone for learning (challenge and skills) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning happens naturally as a by-product of gameplay </li></ul><ul><li>Fun must be the #1 criteria when choosing a game, then learning </li></ul><ul><li>Choose games where the user can “change the world” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Strengths & Obstacles <ul><li>Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to integrate with curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to balance learning with fun elements </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to fit in classroom time span </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers unready to use </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to evaluate outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to manage player’s learning history </li></ul><ul><li>Negative attitudes toward gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging, motivating, fun </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Contextual </li></ul><ul><li>Promote flow </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of achievement, success </li></ul><ul><li>Can provide opportunities for identity exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Construct knowledge through creation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Learn to Game <ul><li>Fun Brain </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Games for Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Planet </li></ul><ul><li>PBS Kids </li></ul>
  5. 5. Game to Learn <ul><li>Zoombinis </li></ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis </li></ul><ul><li>Conspiracy Code </li></ul><ul><li>WoW in Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy Games </li></ul><ul><li>MovieStar Planet </li></ul><ul><li>LittleBigPlanet </li></ul>

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