Learning At School 2008 Educational Games


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Harnessing the power of educational games using Web2.0 social bookmarking

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    1. 1. learning@school Shaping teaching and learning in the 21st century Ko te whenu hou te tau [email_address] Rotorua, New Zealand, February 2008
    2. 2. They’re FREE and on the Internet! <ul><li>Harnessing the power of </li></ul><ul><li>educational games </li></ul><ul><li>using web 2.0 social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Boyd, </li></ul><ul><li>Learning@School 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://rachelboyd.blogspot.com </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why take advantage of educational games in your classroom?
    4. 4. <ul><li>excitin g </li></ul>find games…
    5. 5. find games… <ul><li>engaging </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>enjoyable </li></ul>find games…
    7. 7. <ul><li>fun! </li></ul>find games…
    8. 8. <ul><li>Games cater for a wide range of learning styles… </li></ul><ul><li>visual , </li></ul><ul><li>auditory </li></ul><ul><li>and kinesthetic </li></ul>
    9. 9. Educational games allow students to enhance, reinforce and extend concepts taught as part of the learning programme.
    10. 10. <ul><li>Games create a positive association with learning and “allow for the repetition and deeper processing that strengthens neural pathways.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Millis, 2003) </li></ul>
    11. 11. What if you could harness all that in your classroom on a daily basis ?
    12. 12. What if it was free and easy to implement?
    13. 13. Even if you only have one computer in your classroom!
    14. 14. Enter… <ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking! </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Using a social bookmarking tool called </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>you can easily and simply ‘bookmark’ sites and free educational games on the Internet for your class to view and play. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Your bookmarked games and activities will be available for students to use: </li></ul><ul><li>at school </li></ul><ul><li>at home </li></ul><ul><li>from any Internet capable computer ! </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>With the click of a button you can </li></ul><ul><li>add , </li></ul><ul><li>modify </li></ul><ul><li>or delete </li></ul><ul><li>sites you have bookmarked and have your del.icio.us site automatically updated . </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>You can also </li></ul><ul><li>tag </li></ul><ul><li>your games with keywords </li></ul><ul><li>that will enable students to access and easily locate and play the games. </li></ul><ul><li>You choose the tags so you can even tag games with individual student names or names of reading or maths groups. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Social Bookmarking in Plain English (and without using ANY technology!)
    20. 20. A peek into my class’ world <ul><li>http://del.icio.us/room9nelsoncentral </li></ul><ul><li>Used for: </li></ul><ul><li>reinforcement games @ reading/literacy time - individual, pair and group </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge building games @ maths/numeracy time - pair and group </li></ul><ul><li>concept building games for inquiry topics </li></ul><ul><li>special needs students </li></ul><ul><li>wet day/just for fun games </li></ul><ul><li>reward & incentive </li></ul>Linked to our class blog
    21. 21. Simply del.icio.us! <ul><li>Time now to find and play some cool games to add to the mix </li></ul><ul><li>… and </li></ul><ul><li>to create your own del.icio.us account for your students or class! </li></ul>
    22. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>How will you implement and use this in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>What changes/adaptions will you need to make to your teaching to ensure this will be successful? </li></ul>Now that you have made a start with your class’ educational games portal….
    23. 23. Thanks! <ul><li>Rachel Boyd, </li></ul><ul><li>Nelson Central School </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://rachelboyd.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://room9nelsoncentral.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://room9nelsoncentral2008.blogspot.com </li></ul>Feel free to contact me if I an be of any assistance. I’d love to see how you’re getting on!