Any learning task in school is a game
if you want it to be.
Turn study into a game.
if you want it to be.
Turn study into a game.
What people do in education is much like what people do in games. Educators can use the principles of games to enhance the effectiveness of education.
Learning in a game?
Start with a puzzle
- People voluntarily work to solve puzzle games like this.
- They learn answers to things that are of no lasting importance.
- Just because they like the game.
- Education has a more efficient system.
- Give them all the answers at the start.
- Don't let them waste time figuring things out for themselves.
- After all, education already has all the answers.
- Except how to make education as attractive as games.
- Puzzle: Finding the answers teaches something more than being given the answers
- What do students not learn when you give them all the answers?
Here is an opportunity for inquiry-based learning
- What would it take to make a course as interesting as a game?
- The Game of School
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Any learning task is a game if you want it to be.
- Many games have a series of subtasks that you have to learn to do.
- That is like school but in school you may not have to be able to do those things.
- You may only need to be able to answer questions about them.
- The focus of your evaluation is on how many questions you got wrong.
- But in a game, the focus is on how many subtasks you have gotten right--so far
Goal: Convince the instructors that you "know the material"
- Determine how the instructor tells whether you know the material.
- Don't just "study" the material. Mark what you need to remember.
- Make a note of what you need to be able to do to satisfy the instructor.
- Determine the most efficient method to get able to do that.
- Implement that method.
- If you get the grade you need, you win.
- Most successful students have figured this out.
How to play the game
- Study strategies (search)
- Becoming skilled in these strategies is "Learning how to learn."
- These articles generally offer useful advice on how to study.
- Colleges offer an article and tell students to study it.
- The students who need the advice are those who don't know how to study.
- That is good for a laugh. But how can we help those students?
- Do people learn to play a game by studying the instructions?
- Never. They learn by practice as with any skill.
- But not just any kind of practice. That is where a Digicoach comes in.
What does a coach do?
- Supervises practice and demands practice of the right skills.
- Digicoach does not advise "think of what you already know that relates to the new material."
- Digicoach says "list 3 things you already know that relate to the new material."
- Then Digicoach presents three blank panels for entries.
- The backstory here is that the student needs help and has been assigned to Digigoach for help.
- Digicoach probably can't evaluate the entries, but it can show them to an instructor for evaluation.
- So the student has a motive to give serious thought to the answers.
- And the student will soon get an evaluation from the instructor.
- The way to develop a skill is evaluated practice.
- Educational games in virtual worlds
- Educational games in virtual worlds. Educator's business model: "Educator's paradise"
- Why a reading assignment is like a treasure hunt. And why it is not
- Teach a concept with a game. A use case for web-worlds.
- GAME: VWBPE immersive events, The Queen’s Heroes in the Five Kingdoms
- Literacy game in virtual worlds. The Mythical World of Hīnātore
- Guinivere project: A Language learning game in a 3D immersive environment
- Winter safety game, serious games
- Mystery Manor (1), a game of games. Solo solving, group roleplay, scene stories
- Edugaming and the BSG project. Educators, Game designers, Content creators for 3D
- Rapid development kit for games. Available on the Hypergrid.
- The University of Idaho and the game of education
- GAME: iCivics: Do I have a right?
- Gamification 'Second Libations' Art as a game
- Beginer's building on the Hypergrid. Primland, the building tutorial game, Part 2
- Information/social games for public service web-worlds
- The power of the quest for learning. Turn learning into a quest
- Problems and the seven gates to solving them. Like a game. Coincidence? Or something else?
- Problems are interesting puzzles. If you are ready. Otherwise they are stoppers
- Challenge: Hero's Journey. Game. Learning. Schools. Can you connect these?
- If they made games like the educational system, would anybody play?
Games, virtual worlds, and the DTA
- DTA Language learning in virtual worlds. What the Digital Teaching Assistant could do
- Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can run the search game: solo, teacher's game, or team game
- A virtual world is not just 3D. It can have people to talk with and things to interact with
- Social games for social VR: A virtual match game
- Games in virtual worlds. Summary
- Quests and quizzes support in 3DWebWorldz--the three e's: exercise, engagement, evaluation
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