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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

Games

Computers in Education

why games
Why games
  • Lure of computer games
    • Fantasy
    • Challenge & curiosity
    • Engagement
    • Interest eg. sport’s games
    • Violence – releases pent up aggression???
    • Peer pressure
categorising games
Categorising games
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Fighting
  • Sporting
  • Puzzle
  • Role-playing
  • Simulations
  • Strategy
  • Instructional
concerns around games
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
value of games
Value of games
  • Who is learning
    • What?
    • Where?
    • Why?
learning with games
Learning with games
  • Games often characterised by trial & error approach
    • Logical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Exploration
  • Games assist in developing computer skills
    • Increases confidence
learning cont
Learning (cont)
  • Facilitator of social interactions
    • Communication
    • Multi player options
  • Role playing
  • Children learn to participate
    • Share knowledge, skills
different approaches to learning
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)

conclusion
Conclusion

Learning with games

  • Developing skills
  • Real-life scenarios
  • motivation