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What Can We Learn from Games

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What Can We Learn from Games

  1. 1. What Can We Learn From Computer Games? by Douglas and Mary Kiang
  2. 2. gamesinsight.wikispaces.com
  3. 3. Mary Computer programmer Systems analyst Tech Support Specialist Educational software consultant Game reviewer Beta tester Elementary teacher Mii
  4. 4. Doug Author Teacher Dad Gamer Techie
  5. 5. Why this talk?
  6. 6. ...so what can we learn from computer games?
  7. 7. What was your favorite game? What was enjoyable about it?
  8. 8. 21st Century Skills • Creativity and Innovation Skills • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills • Communication and Collaboration Skills
  9. 9. Why Games? Attributes of Great Games Recommendations
  10. 10. “Brains like ours alter profoundly to fit the technologies and practices that surround them.” Andy Clark Director, Cognitive Sciences Program Indiana University
  11. 11. Games are universal
  12. 12. We are born knowing how to play.
  13. 13. How do we learn school?
  14. 14. What factors are creating educational change?
  15. 15. Today’s students Tomorrow’s world What factors are creating educational change?
  16. 16. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  17. 17. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  18. 18. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  19. 19. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  20. 20. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  21. 21. Today’s Students Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008.
  22. 22. Kids will walk away from homework because it is “too hard”...
  23. 23. Kids will walk away from a computer game because it is “too easy”.
  24. 24. choice
  25. 25. “Work is all that a body is obliged to do. Play is all that a body is not obliged to do.” Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  26. 26. games = powerful motivation
  27. 27. Hold on!
  28. 28. not all games are created equal
  29. 29. What makes a great game?
  30. 30. Constructive • Personalization • Engages imagination • Different for each person • Different each time you play
  31. 31. Creative • Non-linear • Exploration • Discovery • Replayability
  32. 32. Complexity • Challenging but not impossible • Adapts to user • Encourages creative problem-solving • Robust strategy elements
  33. 33. Collaborative • Role-play • Safe risk-taking • Sharing creations • Social interactions • Cooperative and pro-social
  34. 34. ...and last but not least FUN
  35. 35. Simulations Social/Roleplaying Building Games Creative Collaborative ConstructiveComplex
  36. 36. Constructive
  37. 37. Lego Digital Designer
  38. 38. Junkbot
  39. 39. MIT Scratch imagine • program • share Languagehome projects galleries support forums about my stuff Login or Signup for an account search See more See more Download Scratch 1.3 Get the latest version of Scratch for Windows or Mac. Scratch Design Studio Our Planet Create an animated story about the environment. Make your voice and ideas heard about what is happening to our planet and what we can do to care for it. Your project might just change the world! Featured Galleries gochMusic KMM Intro to Scrat… Popular Tags 3d, animation, anime, art, awesome, ball, car, cat, cool, dance, fun, funny, game, games, halo, mario, Snap together blocks to create stories, games and animations and share your creations on the web request for fox… by Thefoxfreind Make_a_Sprite_L… by coolguy00 purple elephant… by person997 Newest Projects See more dance dress up! by sunnygirl1 Paint your own … by deerel Thanksgiving contest by micropeep Featured Projects See more Add A Face In A Box by MohamedSadek Add A Face by Tanner-FBI Add_A_Face[1] by brie700 Top Remixed Lately See more Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share http://scratch.mit.edu/
  40. 40. MIT Scratch
  41. 41. MIT Scratch
  42. 42. Creative
  43. 43. Professor Layton and the CuriousVillage
  44. 44. Professor Layton and the CuriousVillage
  45. 45. Professor Layton and the CuriousVillage
  46. 46. Enigmo
  47. 47. Enigmo
  48. 48. Crayon Physics
  49. 49. Crayon Physics
  50. 50. Endless Ocean
  51. 51. Oxyd/Enigma
  52. 52. Lego Indiana Jones
  53. 53. Lego Indiana Jones
  54. 54. Wii Music
  55. 55. Wii Music
  56. 56. Wii Music
  57. 57. Wii Music
  58. 58. Complex
  59. 59. Caduceus
  60. 60. Caduceus
  61. 61. Spore
  62. 62. Spore
  63. 63. Spore
  64. 64. Spore
  65. 65. Spore
  66. 66. Spore
  67. 67. Finding out more...
  68. 68. gamesinsight.wikispaces.com kiang@me.com
  69. 69. Photo Credits Rich Dellinger, richd.com - Chess piece ONT Design, globe James Gray King,African schoolchildren Thomas Hawk, Leaving B Tal, Swingset Patrick Q, Globe Ram., Clock Mod Soul, PSPBoy Cayusa, Bokeh Remote WatchTVonyourPC.com,TV Channels brickshelf.com, Lego car HckySo - Somewhere Not Here glenn, winding slipperybrick.com, Lego advertisement arimoore, make peace
  70. 70. kiang@me.com

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