Games in Primary
School Education
Maritza van den Heuvel
Innovation Lab Director
Pearson
@maritzavdh
• Explore why games are so effective
• Review the positive impact gaming can
have on learners
• Unpack Key Concepts
o Gami...
What do we mean by Games?
Many definitions ...
"A game is a form of play with goals and
structure."
Kevin J. Maroney
What is a Game?
• play
• goals
• rules
• challenge
• interactions
• feedback
• problem-solving*
• characters*
Marc Prensky, 2006
What is I...
• play involvement
• goals motivation
• rules structure
• challenge adrenaline
• interactive doing
• feedback learning
• i...
“ ... when you meet today’s students where they live, in the digital world
that has been theirs for as long as they can re...
o Games designed and
created with explicit
learning outcomes
o Balanced gameplay and
subject matter content
o Practise, re...
• Applying game
mechanics to non-
game experiences
• Improving outcomes
through game play
• Quests and
Adventures
• Small ...
• = Game-Based Learning
• Differentiates from games
for entertainment
• Sometimes used for open-
ended “game engines” or
“...
• Primarily entertainment
• But …
• Problem-solving, strategy,
planning, organization,
collaboration, physical play
• Inci...
Time To Play! :-)
Geography Genius:
https://www.tigweb.org/games/flag/
Games for Content
Typing Factory:
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/typing_factory/h
ome-keys-typing-practice.html
Games for Skills Practi...
Musical Notes:
http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/games/musical-
notes/
Games for Visual Recognition
UNESCO Car Race
Free, Downloadable Game
- Heritage Sites
- HIV/AIDS
Games for Social Sciences
Code.org - Hour of Code
http://code.org/
GBL Meets Gamification
Getting Started with Games
• Start small
• Clear Goals
• Integrate
• Involve Kids
• Experiment
• Observe
• Adapt
First Principles
• Educade
• Lesson Plans
• @fibeal @maggieverster
@clarkformaths @ICT_Integrator
Learn from Others
The game is only a tool.
It’s not the goal in itself.
Don’t use it as a gimmick.
The Kids Will Know ;)
And Remember …
Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE - EduTopia, see Educade and
SimCityEDU
Popular Video Games Integrated Into K-12 Learni...
How Gamification Works - 3D Game Lab
Serious Games Institute of South Africa (SGI-SA)
Make learning fun - teachers, are yo...
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Slides from my breakaway sessions at the International Boys Schools Conference at Wynberg Boys on 14 March. What are games? Why do they work? What does gamification mean, and what is a "serious" game?

Answers to all these questions, plus links and comprehensive resources to get you started on using games in your own classroom.

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  1. 1. Games in Primary School Education Maritza van den Heuvel Innovation Lab Director Pearson @maritzavdh
  2. 2. • Explore why games are so effective • Review the positive impact gaming can have on learners • Unpack Key Concepts o Gamification o Game-Based Learning • See examples of online games in action • Play :) What are we going to do?
  3. 3. What do we mean by Games?
  4. 4. Many definitions ... "A game is a form of play with goals and structure." Kevin J. Maroney What is a Game?
  5. 5. • play • goals • rules • challenge • interactions • feedback • problem-solving* • characters* Marc Prensky, 2006 What is IN a Game?
  6. 6. • play involvement • goals motivation • rules structure • challenge adrenaline • interactive doing • feedback learning • interactions* social groups • problem-solving* creativity • characters* emotion Marc Prensky, 2006 Why do Games Work?
  7. 7. “ ... when you meet today’s students where they live, in the digital world that has been theirs for as long as they can remember…and you give them different ways to learn, and chances to perceive success, that’s when you start to see them get really excited about learning.” Bob Collins, Former CIO, Los Angeles School District Why use them in Schools?
  8. 8. o Games designed and created with explicit learning outcomes o Balanced gameplay and subject matter content o Practise, retain and apply knowledge Game-Based Learning
  9. 9. • Applying game mechanics to non- game experiences • Improving outcomes through game play • Quests and Adventures • Small - A Subject • Medium - A Phase • Large Scale - A School! Gamification
  10. 10. • = Game-Based Learning • Differentiates from games for entertainment • Sometimes used for open- ended “game engines” or “worlds” like SimCity Edu “Serious” Games
  11. 11. • Primarily entertainment • But … • Problem-solving, strategy, planning, organization, collaboration, physical play • Incidental learning outcomes Commercial Games
  12. 12. Time To Play! :-)
  13. 13. Geography Genius: https://www.tigweb.org/games/flag/ Games for Content
  14. 14. Typing Factory: http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/typing_factory/h ome-keys-typing-practice.html Games for Skills Practice
  15. 15. Musical Notes: http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/games/musical- notes/ Games for Visual Recognition
  16. 16. UNESCO Car Race Free, Downloadable Game - Heritage Sites - HIV/AIDS Games for Social Sciences
  17. 17. Code.org - Hour of Code http://code.org/ GBL Meets Gamification
  18. 18. Getting Started with Games
  19. 19. • Start small • Clear Goals • Integrate • Involve Kids • Experiment • Observe • Adapt First Principles
  20. 20. • Educade • Lesson Plans • @fibeal @maggieverster @clarkformaths @ICT_Integrator Learn from Others
  21. 21. The game is only a tool. It’s not the goal in itself. Don’t use it as a gimmick. The Kids Will Know ;) And Remember …
  22. 22. Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE - EduTopia, see Educade and SimCityEDU Popular Video Games Integrated Into K-12 Learning - EdWeek Geography Genius: Flags of the World - Taking IT global Maths Games - Nrich Maths 16 of the best maths apps for kids from 2013 for iPhone / iPad - Apps Playground Learning Games For Kids - Learning Games for K12 Game Sites to Explore
  23. 23. How Gamification Works - 3D Game Lab Serious Games Institute of South Africa (SGI-SA) Make learning fun - teachers, are you game? Games, Learning, and Assessment Gamification vs. Game Based Learning in Education - Gamification corp Digital Game-Based Learning - Marc Prensky Mediocrity versus Mastery: The Case for Game-Based Learning - Forbes.com Mario Kart in the classroom: the rise of games-based learning - The Telegraph 100 Great Game Based Learning and Gamification Resources - The Knowledge Guru Quest to Learn A pioneering public school in New York City that offers a promising new model for student engagement through wide adoption of gamification Research and Reading

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