In order to better understand how to using gaming as a launching point for learning, I have decided to become a gamer and share my insights as they relate to teaching with others. I hope this will help everyone as we begin integrating gaming into our teaching practice. I have a new blog to do this.
I enjoyed reading your blog. Very interesting idea! Keep up the great work.
My 2nd graders are obsessed with video gaming (as I'm sure you could guess). I found online where you can play the old Nintendo version of many video games. While the graphics are not great, I had the students team up and learn how to play the games together. Then they had to make a "how-to" writing project that explains to others how to play the game. They also rated the game, gave an introduction, included screen-shot graphics and we made the final project into a "Video Game Strategy Guide" that they each took home a copy over break. They loved it!
Thanks for the great idea...really got me thinking!
I'm glad you enjoyed my blog. I must say I am very intrigued by the idea of gaming as a learning tool now that I've dipped my foot in. I love the idea of writing instruction manuals. Prezi would make an great tool for that. You've got me thinking. I have a number of excellent links including research and articles that support gaming in the classroom. I'll post them in my blog sometime this week.
Have a great day!
How wonderful to have a course in creativity!