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Games Computers in Education Why games Lure of computer games Fantasy Challenge & curiosity Engagement Interest eg. sport’s games Violence – releases pent up aggression??? Peer pressure Categorising games Action Adventure Fighting Sporting Puzzle Role-playing Simulations

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Games

Computers in Education


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Why games

  • Lure of computer games

    • Fantasy

    • Challenge & curiosity

    • Engagement

    • Interest eg. sport’s games

    • Violence – releases pent up aggression???

    • Peer pressure


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Categorising games

  • Action

  • Adventure

  • Fighting

  • Sporting

  • Puzzle

  • Role-playing

  • Simulations

  • Strategy

  • Instructional


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Concerns around games

  • Games displacing activities

    • Social play & physical activity being replaced

  • Effects of violence

    • Do violent games attract whose who have a violent tendency?

    • Unresolves research

  • Gender images

    • Females are alienated if they do not have identities in the game


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Value of games

  • Who is learning

    • What?

    • Where?

    • Why?


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Learning with games

  • Games often characterised by trial & error approach

    • Logical thinking

    • Problem solving

    • Exploration

  • Games assist in developing computer skills

    • Increases confidence


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Learning (cont)

  • Facilitator of social interactions

    • Communication

    • Multi player options

  • Role playing

  • Children learn to participate

    • Share knowledge, skills


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Different approaches to learning

  • Twitch speed vs conventional speed

  • Parallel processing vs linear processing

  • Graphics first vs text first

  • Random access vs step by step

  • Connected vs standalone

  • Active vs passive

  • Play vs work

  • Payoff vs patience

  • Fantasy vs reality

  • Technology as friendvs technology as foe

    (Marc Prensky, 2001)


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Conclusion

Learning with games

  • Developing skills

  • Real-life scenarios

  • motivation


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