Games in the classroom

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A short presentation on using games in the IT classroom in order to teach key concepts without pressure.

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Games in the classroom

  1. 1. Using Games in the Classroom 12 June 2009
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Understand the need to use games / activities in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Able to understand the use of Shiritori and Bingo to enhance students’ learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of how to adapt games for your students </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why play games? <ul><li>Makes use of VAK learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Physical movement improves blood flow </li></ul><ul><li>Refocus learners </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn by doing </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly competition </li></ul><ul><li>It’s fun! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Game One: Shiritori Adapted from a Japanese word game
  5. 5. Reflection on Shiritori <ul><li>Initially difficult to set-up </li></ul><ul><li>Has great re-use potential </li></ul><ul><li>Can become quite noisy </li></ul><ul><li>Works best with a large topic area </li></ul><ul><li>Revision game </li></ul>
  6. 6. Game Two Bingo Adapted from a well known number game
  7. 7. Reflection on Bingo <ul><li>Can increase / reduce complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Allows Differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Re-use potential is great </li></ul><ul><li>Low overhead when students understand how to play </li></ul><ul><li>Can use it for a variety of topics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Any other games? <ul><li>Hangman </li></ul><ul><li>Blockbusters </li></ul><ul><li>Information gap game / Interview game </li></ul><ul><li>Find the secret word </li></ul><ul><li>Online / textbook treasure hunt </li></ul><ul><li>10 questions / guess who </li></ul><ul><li>I went to PC World and bought… </li></ul><ul><li>Pub quiz </li></ul>
  9. 9. Your turn Plan a game that you could potentially use in your classroom
  10. 10. Let’s play
  11. 11. Summary <ul><li>Understand the need to use games / activities in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Able to understand the use of Shiritori and Bingo to enhance students’ learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of how to adapt games for your students </li></ul>
  12. 12. Any questions?
  13. 13. Thank you

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