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Upsides of games_in_education

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Brief comments on how creating games can be beneficial to student learning

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Upsides of games_in_education

  1. 1. Upsides of Games in Education and how to recognize them
  2. 2. Microsoft Kodu - building a game <ul><ul><li>Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming without complex syntax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, and is object-oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can learn about cooperation, logic and creativity, not just about programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling – pulling users into creating stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kodu builds real world, 21st century skills by challenging users to analyze a problem deeply and structure their solution – an approach applicable to all academic subjects, business and personal relationships </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Other (Free) Game Development Tools <ul><ul><li>Game Maker – easy to use / PC only / no web play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scratch – very easy Mac/PC/Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alice – 3D PC/Mac (also a MY version) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unity – more complex 3D </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Scratch <ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think creatively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reason systematically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work collaboratively </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 21 st Century Skills <ul><ul><li>From Scratch and Partnership for 21 st C Skills </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 21 st Century Skills <ul><ul><li>Information, media literacy and communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and problem identification and solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity and intellectual curiousity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal, collaboration, self-awareness, self-direction and accountability skills </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 21 st Century Skills <ul><ul><li>Design projects engage kids as active participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design projects encourage creative problem-solving. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design projects are often interdisciplinary. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design projects help kids learn to consider how others will use the things they create. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design projects provide opportunities for reflection and collaboration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design projects set up a positive-feedback loop of learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Kodu Lessons and Assessment <ul><ul><li>http://www.youblisher.com/p/76613-Kodu-Scheme-of-Work/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to assess different skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to report on this assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How? Continuous observation of cooperation, problem solving, creativity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student self-assessment of these 21 st C skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anecdotal attachment to report cards </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Sharing <ul><ul><li>Uploading Kodu games </li></ul></ul>

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