Friday, 27 May 2016

Games and Learning

Minecraft is a game many teachers are already using in the classroom. Have a look at this video about 'Gallipoli in Minecraft®: Anzac Cove'

This week we want to discuss ALL of the games you play or might like to play in class and how these help your learning. It's not just the electronic games though, don't forget about all those board games and card games that help your learning.

But first let's play some games! Before you take part in Kidsedchatnz this week try to do at least one of the following tasks:
  • Spend some time in class playing any game  (online or traditional eg, Minecraft, Scrabble, Monopoly)
  • Build your own game and play it
  • Reinvent a game
  • Art of gaming - produce a piece of art that celebrates gaming
When you do a task make sure you take some photos or videos to share with other classes during the chat.

Questions for this week:

Q1. What are your favourite games and why?

Q2. Does gaming help with your learning? How?

Q3. What qualities/values/skills have you learnt from gaming?

Q4. How many learning games are being used in your classroom and which of these are the best to play?

Q5. What makes a game fun, interesting and educational?

Q6. If you could reinvent a game, what would you choose to add or change and why?

Q7. Does your class use gaming to collaborate or connect with others learners from your school or elsewhere?

Q8. Do you read books or watch videos about gaming? Does this make you a better gamer or learner?

 Q9. If your teacher could introduce one game into the classroom, what should it be and how would it be used for learning?

Q10. Share some of your photos or videos from the task(s) with us.

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