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This presentation by Rachel S. Smith of the New Media Consortium discusses games for learning, from paper-and-pencil games to MMOs.

This presentation by Rachel S. Smith of the New Media Consortium discusses games for learning, from paper-and-pencil games to MMOs.

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  • where the title came from – a conversation with translation
  • Puzzled Sheep is a quick little game from Miniclip Games. From miniclip.com: “Miniclip games are incredibly popular because they are fun, free and easy to use. They are small enough to be sent via email, and easily viewed both online and offline on desktops.” You have to get your little sheep across the screen, using the arrows, avoiding obstacles like rocks, water, and wolves. There are a whole slew of games that take a few seconds to play, that let your brain recharge by focusing on a small task that has no major consequences. Escapa! is a game you can play in under twelve seconds…
  • www.daedalus.com
  • http://www.atari.com/rollercoastertycoon/ http://www.callofduty.com http://www.spore.com http://www.civ3.com http://www.redoctane.com http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=28204648&postID=114779513286365997

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  • lrn2play rachel smith the new media consortium
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  • so where do we start?
  • google: sudoku
  • google: miniclip, escapa
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  • what they have in common
    • games set up a situation by having rules
    • players work within those rules to accomplish a goal or goals
    • each game requires a certain amount of focus to succeed
    • … the previous examples are all entertainment games.
  • live long and prosper google: MIT live long prosper
  • google: nmc campus
  • compare to comic books & manga from My Cat Loki (Tokyopop.com) google: educational comic books
  • remember learning objects?
  • AFRICA
  • what I’m not talking about
    • unguided learning
    • replacing teachers with games
    • using games in places where they don’t make sense
    • cramming education into entertainment-based games
    • study: students repeatedly said that it’s the teacher who makes the course – not the technology
  • looking deeper google: horizon report, esa essential facts
  • research www.nickyee.com/daedalus
  • how many people? www.mmogchart.com
  • where the money is www.mmogchart.com
  • game design degree programs
    • Houston Community College – Southwest
    • UC Santa Cruz
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
    • Online programs (Kaplan University)
    • George Brown College
    google: game design degree
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  • games & girls Michigan State University aliengames.org
  • game theory gametheory.net for educators, students, professionals… and geeks.
  • what can we learn from games?
  • . . . from playing games
    • with any game, you learn the rules to play it
    • understanding of strategy comes later
    • cooperation for multi-player games; concentration for solo games
    • physical coordination for sports, hand-eye coordination for games involving manual dexterity
    • quick decision-making for fast-paced video games
    • hand-eye coordination & reflexes for “twitch” games
    • games are more complicated than they used to be
  • are these useful leadership skills?
    • role assignment
    • task delegation
    • crisis management
    • logistical planning
    • determining how to share rewards among group members
    • motivating group members
    • dealing with negative attitudes
    • dealing with group conflicts
    • encouraging group loyalty and cohesion
    Yee, 2006
  • engagement
    • learning is assisted by engagement in the topic on the part of the learner
    • games are engaging (good ones, anyway)
      • storytelling
      • flexibility
      • problem-solving
    • games in the workplace
      • repetitive tasks
      • learning that involves repetition and practice
    google: games2train, monkey wrench consipiracy, gaming workplace
  • accidentally educational
    • music (Guitar Hero)
    • business & economics (SimCity, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Rich Man Game)
    • evolution & culture (Spore, Civilization)
    • ecology (that one with the eagles and the mice)
    • history (Call of Duty 2)
    • physical skills (Dance Dance Revolution)
    • cooperation, leadership, interpersonal skills (Everquest, Neverwinter Nights, World of Warcraft)
  • intentionally educational
    • Arden
    • Simulations in Second Life
    • Remember MOOs?
      • Meridian
      • MediaMOO
      • Language MOOs
    • learning occurs in and around these spaces
    google: arden, educational MOO, nmc campus
  • the community of MMOs source: www.worldofwarcraft.com
  • new art forms: machinima Billy McClure by Terran “Liadov” Gregory The Ballad of the Noob by Jun Falkenstein source: www.youtube.com Big Blue Dress by Cranius
  • . . . from designing games
    • designing puzzles – researching answers, coming up with questions; teaching is a good way to learn
    • designing simple games – game theory, rules, strategy
    • designing paper-based worlds and adventures (like D&D) – geography, history, language, politics
    • designing an online game – art & illustration; computer science; 3D modeling; working with game engines
  • new interfaces google: wii, guitar hero, dance pad
  • the flip side
  • what’s problematic about games?
    • understanding when they are appropriate
    • making them
    • creating good content (educational and fun)
    • assessing progress and learning
    • getting people to take them seriously
  • looking ahead
    • more research & development
    • more studies, pilots, anecdotes
    • authoring tools
      • game-editor.com (2D games for PCs and mobiles)
      • Neverwinter Nights modding tools
      • game engines (Multiverse, Croquet)
    • more experimentation in online environments
    • more games
    • more people talking about, thinking about, writing about educational gaming
    • new worlds, new possibilities…
            • exploration of identity
            • relationship-building
            • global communities
            • 33 years | 40 years | 89%
    source: Essential Facts about Games and Youth Violence , ESA, 2006
  • mmorpgs (MMOs)
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  • virtual worlds: nmc campus
  • stay tuned . . . we’re playing with the future.