What do we know about 'gaming'?

posted Mar 29, 2014, 7:08 PM by Nicky Ryan
Kia ora e tu whanau

Some of you are starting to ask about the purpose of gaming. What are its potential effects on students in terms of learning and behaviour which could be both positive and negative?


Image from Minecraft game.

To be honest this is a developing area for schools and definitely our school. It is not an option we have explored deeply as yet but it is one that we expect to open up, especially as teachers are now starting to create games that will support learning: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/294372/interest-online-educational-game

I have sourced some online articles and websites which you might like to look at to build your own knowledge and understanding.

http://www.lumosity.com/landing_pages/433
http://www.avatargeneration.com/2012/08/the-pedagogies-in-game-based-learning/
http://thetandd.com/business/game-based-education-is-focus-of-summit/article_f11cb1a4-abce-11e3-8351-0019bb2963f4.html 
http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/publications/connect-information-technology/2012/04/30/video-games-and-the-future-of-learning.html
http://pixelearning.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/why-are-games-good-for-learning/
As online learning begins to open up and grow I expect that our own education system will take advantage of the opportunities offered in learning.
One thing that is sure with all the new material available is that we are all learners together.

Nga mihi
Nicky
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