So, here are some general resources for teachers considering bringing games into the classroom. In my presentations, I often reference folks I read, bloggers I follow, and resources, so, I’ve tried to compile some of that here. Here’s the bottom line, “If you’re considering using video games in the classroom, take the plunge!” What’s the worst that can happen? I’m pretty confident in saying the all-important standardized test scores won’t go down if you try just one game-based lesson.
Here’s a presentation with some practical tips to get you started:
The Screening Room
Jane McGonigal – Video Games Can Make A Better World
Stuart Brown on Serious Play
CNN Future Summit (especially watch the part by Nick Yee who’s done incredible research on the psychology of gaming)
From The Kids:
Those are the adults, but you also need to hear it from the kids! Here’s what they have to say:
No Future Left Behind
WoWinSchool – Perspectives from Year One of Our Project
Here are some places to connect with other educators using games and virtual worlds in the classroom. You are not going it alone, I assure you, and these folks have energy and passion:
RezEd.org – the hub for practitioners using virtual worlds in education.
http://ipodgamesforlearning.pbworks.com/ – connect with other educators using games on the iPod Touch and iPad in the classroom.
http://wowinschool.pbworks.com/ – connect with educators using World of Warcraft as an instructional tool.
Gaming Educators You Should Follow on Twitter:
Peggy Sheehy, Suffern Middle School
Craig Lawson, Cape Fear Middle School
Dean Groom, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Lisa Dawley, Boise State University
Melanie McBride, Ryerson University
…and there are many many others.
And, of course, I’m more than willing to network! Contact me:
Via Email – lucas AT edurealms.com
On Twitter – @PCSTech
On Skype – lucas.gillispie