Week 7: Gaming as an Educational Tool

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This week I’ve learnt that online games can hold significant benefits within the classroom. Consider the below link, “Can Online Gaming Be Educational?” (Tachau, 2012).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgEoG04IcOc

This week I’ve learnt that online games can hold significant benefits within the classroom. Consider the below link, “Can Online Gaming Be Educational?” (Tachau, 2012).In this video a student discusses the benefits of playing online games. These include learning communication, co-operation and socialization skills, as well as developing strategy skills and perseverance, Tachau (2012). It is not just playing, but creating games online will all help to develop these skills. If a student had learnt these skills through traditional teaching methods would they not be considered valuable? They are just as valuable when taught through gaming, and will be better received and remembered ,as this is a form of education that appeals to students.

In the video “Classroom Game Design’ (Anderson, 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qlYGX0H6Ec , we see a teacher’s experience with gaming within the classroom. A classroom can go from a “teacher centred learning environment to a student centred learning environment” (Anderson, 2012). It is important that teachers  know the game thoroughly themselves and have a clear understanding of how they will integrate the game into a lesson plan, whilst supporting gaming with educational lectures and activities for the exercise to be successful, (https://sites.google.com/site/gameonlearning/games-in-education).

Check out my online game below to see how an online game can be made by even a beginner such as myself.

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References

Anderson, P. (2012). Classroom Game Design. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qlYGX0H6Ec

Game On: Increasing Learning Through Online Games. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/gameonlearning/games-in-education

Sploder, Where Games come true. Retrieved from http://www.sploder.com/parents-teachers.php

Tachau, L. (2012). Can Online Gaming Be Educational? Retrieved from        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgEoG04IcOc

 

 

 

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