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What do children learn when playing video games? How are games for children designed?

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What do children learn when playing video games? How are games for children designed?

  1. 1. What do children learn when playing video games? How are games for children designed? H. Chad Lane Institute for Creative Technologies University of Southern California
  2. 4. Chad in a nutshell <ul><li>past: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dialogue-based tutoring systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>problem solving </li></ul></ul><ul><li>present: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tutoring in serious games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>virtual humans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>intercultural skills learning </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. Integrating game elements (Memphis) GAME ELEMENTS EXISTING ITS
  4. 6. Using what’s out there (Squire)
  5. 7. Serious games w/tutoring elements You play a scoop jockey who has to fill customers' orders. At the end of the game, you're told just how much ice cream you wasted, and how much your poor performance will end up costing Cold Stone over the span of one year. The only fun to be had in Stone City comes from deliberately mishandling the orders. (At my Cold Stone franchise, everyone gets strawberry.) Justin Peters, “World of Borecraft: Never play a game that’s trying to teach you something.” Slate, June 27, 2007.
  6. 8. Zombie Division empirical results <ul><li>Children had a significant preference for the intrinsic version in a direct comparison between the two versions of Zombie Division. </li></ul><ul><li>Children playing the intrinsic version of the game made significantly larger learning gains than either the extrinsic or control versions of the game. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gamelearning.net/ (Jacob Habgood) </li></ul>
  7. 9. What else can games teach? diligence emotional self-regulation commitment teamwork Information seeking humility?
  8. 10. Thank you! <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>people.ict.usc.edu/~lane </li></ul>

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