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Who Is Jen Helms?
Workshop Outline
1 Experiences and lessons learned teaching through
play in the real world.
3 Analyzing examples of concep...
Educational framework
• Sense of place: designing games and
additional teaching materials to provide a
deeper connection t...
Bat and Moth
Bat
Moth
Surprise
Wonder
Fun
Connection
Engagement
Interaction
Where might the experience fall
short?
• Missing opportunity to discover the inner
workings of system processes
• Missing ...
Where do we start with designing a
great educational experience?
What system do we
want the student to
model in their head?
• In what ways can the
student inhabit that system?
• How can it be represented,
communicated, interacted
with?
How does that system, its
representation, and the
manner in which it's being
interacted with speak to the
student's prior ...
How deeply can the student
understand that system
through its representation
and to what extent does
their learning transl...
Are all games purely educational or
purely entertainment?
Entertainment Education
Sleep Furiously Stagecraft
Cut the Rope
Sleep Furiously
Looking at photosynthesis as a
case study
Video Game
=
Reach for the Sun
Environmental
Education
=
Race for the Sun
H2O+CO...
Race for the Sun
SunH20H20C02 C02 H20H20 C02C02
Plant Plant
H20C02 H20C02
H20C02
H20
C02 H20C02
H20 C02
Reach for the Sun by Filament
Games
Reach for the Sun Race for the Sun
• Broader timeline
• Deeper visibility into a
plant, root system
• Player is able to
ex...
Foreign language learning as a
second case study
Video Game
=
Stagecraft
Real-world playful
learning
=
Study abroad
progra...
Stagecraft
Stagecraft Study Abroad
• Instant feedback about
how language ties to
the game world
• Perceptual grounding
• Low cost
• C...
5 minutes brainstorm to discuss what you want
to teach, what system will students be exploring?
Let’s dream up educational...
Email: jen@playmationstudios.com
Twitter: @jenrhelms
Website: http://playmationstudios.com
Jen Helms - Immersive, Playful Learning in the Real World vs. Video Games
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Jen Helms - Immersive, Playful Learning in the Real World vs. Video Games

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Presenter: Jen Helms, Co-Founder, Playmation Studios Inc.

When can video games provide learning that real world experiences can’t? When is a real world experience truly the best solution to achieve an educational objective? Is there the potential for video games to provide a bridge for what I term an “experience gap” that many students, young and old, face? By “experience gap” I refer to the opportunities that some are afforded based on greater wealth while others cannot, such as traveling to learn a new language through an in-country immersion program. Having taught through immersive play in Yosemite National Park and now as a developer of video games, this talk will explore the above questions from my unique perspective and through interactive examples.

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Jen Helms - Immersive, Playful Learning in the Real World vs. Video Games

  1. 1. Who Is Jen Helms?
  2. 2. Workshop Outline 1 Experiences and lessons learned teaching through play in the real world. 3 Analyzing examples of concepts taught in the real- world and through video games. 2 4 Dreaming up our own ideas around educational games Exploring what makes a great educational game and the education game/entertainment game spectrum.
  3. 3. Educational framework • Sense of place: designing games and additional teaching materials to provide a deeper connection to students’ surroundings. • Interconnections: highlighting how different components of the environment are connected and tying the experience back to their lives and community
  4. 4. Bat and Moth Bat Moth
  5. 5. Surprise Wonder Fun Connection Engagement Interaction
  6. 6. Where might the experience fall short? • Missing opportunity to discover the inner workings of system processes • Missing opportunity for exploration and feedback
  7. 7. Where do we start with designing a great educational experience? What system do we want the student to model in their head?
  8. 8. • In what ways can the student inhabit that system? • How can it be represented, communicated, interacted with?
  9. 9. How does that system, its representation, and the manner in which it's being interacted with speak to the student's prior understanding of themselves and the world they live in?
  10. 10. How deeply can the student understand that system through its representation and to what extent does their learning translate into the real-world?
  11. 11. Are all games purely educational or purely entertainment? Entertainment Education Sleep Furiously Stagecraft
  12. 12. Cut the Rope
  13. 13. Sleep Furiously
  14. 14. Looking at photosynthesis as a case study Video Game = Reach for the Sun Environmental Education = Race for the Sun H2O+CO2+chlorophyll(in the presence of sunlight) -> sugar(glucose)+O2
  15. 15. Race for the Sun SunH20H20C02 C02 H20H20 C02C02 Plant Plant H20C02 H20C02 H20C02 H20 C02 H20C02 H20 C02
  16. 16. Reach for the Sun by Filament Games
  17. 17. Reach for the Sun Race for the Sun • Broader timeline • Deeper visibility into a plant, root system • Player is able to experiment, get feedback, and try again • Goal parallels reality for plants • Low cost • Benefit from intangibles • Laughter • Play • Teamwork • Familiarity with other childhood games
  18. 18. Foreign language learning as a second case study Video Game = Stagecraft Real-world playful learning = Study abroad programs
  19. 19. Stagecraft
  20. 20. Stagecraft Study Abroad • Instant feedback about how language ties to the game world • Perceptual grounding • Low cost • Communication, both generating and processing language • Endless possibility for new vocab, slang, etc. • Cultural exposure • Personal development
  21. 21. 5 minutes brainstorm to discuss what you want to teach, what system will students be exploring? Let’s dream up educational games! 5 minutes to brainstorm how the student can inhabit that system. How can it be represented, communicated, interacted with? Is it better represented through a real-world game or video game? 5 minutes to share your thought process and results.
  22. 22. Email: jen@playmationstudios.com Twitter: @jenrhelms Website: http://playmationstudios.com

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