Lecture, worksheet, test. Lecture, worksheet, test. It’s a common routine in many classrooms, and, rather than a rare virus or nuclear war, it’s likely to be the true cause of a future zombie apocalypse with today’s students who are tomorrow’s future. In an effort to break this vicious cycle (and save humanity?), instructional technologist Lucas Gillispie and pioneering teachers in his school district are teaming up and working to transform classrooms through the use of popular commercial games.
The multiplayer classroom is a technique to incorporate game elements into course design. The course is the game! The multiplayer classroom movement started in 2010 with Lee Sheldon, who was a professor at Indiana University at the time.
Minecraft is a little indie game that has taken the world by storm and has many wondering why children seem to be “obsessed” with this game. Given the enthusiasm surrounding this game, it is no surprise that educators are exploring ways to bring Minecraft into the classroom.
Do you play games? Maybe Bejeweled, Candy Crush, or even Fruit Ninja? Is it your guilty little pleasure? It doesn’t have to be – play and games can be an integral part of your professional development.
Quest-based learning uses game mechanics and a game-based learning portal as a “stage” for active learning both in and out of the classroom. The presentation of course material is accomplished through an engaging series of challenges (quests) that are carefully planned to take place over a designated time frame.
The Nintendo Wii is the most prevalent gaming console in history, with more than 100 million consoles sold worldwide, and hundreds and thousands of hours in Wii gameplay.
Game-based learning can cultivate higher-order thinking skills, articulate student choice and voice, and provide multiple paths to learning.
There are countless digital games that target the K-12 market. In this month’s Game-Based Learning webinar, presenters Dr. John Richards and Dr. Michael Levine shared a research based analysis of the market, as well as the role of these games in education reforms. The webinar explored the research conducted by Dr. Richards and the Cooney Center that focused on the function of games in schools, as well as teacher practices for implementation.… read more →
This month’s Game Based Learning webinar was both informative and entertaining. Educators, Professionals, and in an edWeb first -Students, tuned in to hear the very lively Chris Haskell talk about his work over the past two years on the principles of quest-based learning. In his very spirited presentation Chris discussed key design elements of quest-based learning, such as points, badges, achievements, leveling, and student choice, and still had time to make the… read more →