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  1. 1. The Use of Computer Simulations & Gaming to Enhance Learning By: Christine Otero
  2. 2. Jot down or think of some benefits you think students could get out of using games to enhance a lesson.
  3. 3. Benefits for Students <ul><li>Learning basic computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Developing hand-eye coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Online literacy skills are developed. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn how to interact with each other online. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids learn academic concepts being reinforced through game. </li></ul><ul><li>They are engaged and having fun! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why should teachers encourage the use of online gaming in moderation? <ul><li>Basic computer skills are being taught. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are actively engaged in their own learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are excited about learning something new or practicing a skill. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are learning the skills they need to do other things on the computer later such as reports. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything should be done in moderation. Online games should be used in coordination with other activities. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Online Games for Second Graders <ul><li>Math Baseball </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Pop Junior </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern Blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Stop the Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Ghost Blaster </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling City </li></ul><ul><li>How Does Your Garden Grow? </li></ul><ul><li>Hamster Hotel </li></ul>
  6. 6. Math Baseball <ul><li>Math baseball is a game that allows children to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Each incorrect answer is an out and each correct answer puts a player on base. Sometimes doubles, triples, or home runs bring in a lot of players. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Brain Pop Junior <ul><li>Brain Pop Junior has short 5 minute videos on a number of topics. There are a lot on communities which is what second graders study in social studies. Then students can play games associated with that video. The children love the characters! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Pattern Blocks <ul><li>This is a very simple pattern block site. Everything that I’ve found in the past is too complicated for what I need. This even allows students to find out the name of the shape by clicking on name and then clicking on the shape. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stop the Clock <ul><li>This game helps students read analog clocks. It’s a skill that they need to learn but since most children have digital clocks it’s hard to practice a lot at home. Some of my students are very competitive and will try to beat their own high score. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ghost Blaster <ul><li>This game helps students identify odd and even numbers. When a ghost flies across the screen the students have to blast the ghosts with the even numbers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Spelling City <ul><li>Spelling City allows students to type in their own list of words and then play games associated with their own words. I like this game because I differentiate my spelling program and it allows all of my students to play games with their words. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How Does Your Garden Grow? <ul><li>Part of the second grade curriculum has to do with parts of a plant and what plants need. Students have the opportunity to be the farmer and learn basic computer skills at the same time! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hamster Hotel <ul><li>Hamster Hotel is a game that helps children make groups of ten. Some hamsters get into the elevator and the student has to decide which floor needs that number of hamsters to fill each room on the floor with hamsters. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Can you think of a way to incorporate online simulations and gaming into your day with your students?
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>BrainPop (1999-2010).  BrainPop Junior . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego City School District (2008).  Stop the Clock . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego City School District (2008).  Stop the Clock . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson Education (2000-2010).  Hamster Hotel . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li> /snpapp/ ... / games / hamster _live.html </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson Education (2000-2010).  Math Baseball . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Games Inc. (2000-2010). How does your Garden Grow? . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Shreve, Jenn (2005). Let the Games Begin, Edutopia, April . Retrieved from http:// /let-games-begin </li></ul><ul><li>Vkids Inc. (2007-2009).  Spelling City . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. I hope that other teachers can use these games to enhance their curriculum!