Digital Games to Learn Math        Presenter: Dan Petrak  Des Moines Area Community College     Email: dgpetrak@dmacc.edu ...
What is a Game?
Is Math like a Game?Goals? Yes Rules? YesFeedback system? Eventually…Voluntary participation? Are you kidding me?
What are we missing?Engagement and Motivation!     Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
Raph Koster – A Theory of Fun
Flow
Learning within Flow Optimal Learning comes from Desirable Difficulty Students should be making errors if we want to  op...
Digital Games provide…• Instant and non-threatening feedback• Mentally Demanding• Customized learning through leveling,  c...
Fun is the Feeling we get from learning in Flow      http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/2187892869/sizes/o/
Why Digital Games for Math?        Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
Games can help the diverse learners in our classrooms by   Individualized and targeted instruction   Remediation   Opti...
Many math skills fit this model.
Experience
HypothesizeFeedback loop helps students construct understanding of the rules.We crave patterns and we want to fit our expe...
Formalize and Practice• We can help students formalize  what they are experiencing.• Games can also be used to  practice t...
Ultimately what is our goal?• Deep procedural understanding• Deep conceptual understanding
Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way!                                        Mo...
Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way!                                          ...
Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way!                                          ...
Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way!                                          ...
Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way!                                          ...
To find other gamesMaria Andersen’s Bloghttp://busynessgirl.com/
To learn more consider joining
edWeb enables you to…
Let the Games Begin!
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Digital games to learn math presentation

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These are the slides I used for a Webinar on April 2nd, 2013. I make the claim that digital games are a great way to learn and practice math skills. As a game designer, I talk about the ideas of "flow", "desirable difficulty", and "Hard Fun" serious games can use to help students master content.

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Digital games to learn math presentation

  1. 1. Digital Games to Learn Math Presenter: Dan Petrak Des Moines Area Community College Email: dgpetrak@dmacc.edu Twitter handle: dgpetrak
  2. 2. What is a Game?
  3. 3. Is Math like a Game?Goals? Yes Rules? YesFeedback system? Eventually…Voluntary participation? Are you kidding me?
  4. 4. What are we missing?Engagement and Motivation! Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
  5. 5. Raph Koster – A Theory of Fun
  6. 6. Flow
  7. 7. Learning within Flow Optimal Learning comes from Desirable Difficulty Students should be making errors if we want to optimize learning Normally very uncomfortableThis is natural when playing games!
  8. 8. Digital Games provide…• Instant and non-threatening feedback• Mentally Demanding• Customized learning through leveling, challenge, and game mechanics Hard Fun!
  9. 9. Fun is the Feeling we get from learning in Flow http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/2187892869/sizes/o/
  10. 10. Why Digital Games for Math? Image from www.bigfishgmes.com blog
  11. 11. Games can help the diverse learners in our classrooms by Individualized and targeted instruction Remediation Optimized learning with Flow
  12. 12. Many math skills fit this model.
  13. 13. Experience
  14. 14. HypothesizeFeedback loop helps students construct understanding of the rules.We crave patterns and we want to fit our experiences into a schema.
  15. 15. Formalize and Practice• We can help students formalize what they are experiencing.• Games can also be used to practice the skills. Image by Lisa Haney
  16. 16. Ultimately what is our goal?• Deep procedural understanding• Deep conceptual understanding
  17. 17. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Motion Math: Conceptual Fractions Found in: iTunes App Store
  18. 18. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Algeburst: Simplify Expressions Found in: iTunes App Store
  19. 19. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Factor-tris: Factors of Whole Numbers Found at: HotMath.com
  20. 20. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Algeboats: Evaluate Expressions Found in: iTunes App Store
  21. 21. Digital games can help students learn and practicemath in a fun and natural way! Dragon Box: Solving Equations Found in: iTunes App Store
  22. 22. To find other gamesMaria Andersen’s Bloghttp://busynessgirl.com/
  23. 23. To learn more consider joining
  24. 24. edWeb enables you to…
  25. 25. Let the Games Begin!

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