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Can video games really be educational?
More and more people are saying yes! Teachers, students and researchers are finding ways in which video games increase engagement and learning. For newbies, the stuff below can jump start your learning about games. And for experienced gamer / educators, you'll also find some cool goodies!
| Using the Technology of Today in the Classroom Today
Provides compelling reasons to incorporate technologies like games, simulations, and social networking into the classroom and strategies to overcome potential barriers
A site by Marc Prensky dedicated to improving the understanding of the positive things kids are learning from video games
| An Anatomy of Games
A paper that address the different components of games in general and why playing games of any kind is good for the brain
A new site that rates games for teachers & parents. Great stuff here!
| Artificial Wisdom
Claims to provide video / computer game ratings designed to help educators and parents make reasoned decisions
|Before Every Child is Left Behind: How Epistemic Games Can Solve the Coming Crisis in Education
"Epistemic games help kids learn in a way that sticks, because they learn in the process of doing things that matter." (pdf)
Choosing Good Video Games for Your Kids
Nice article by the Media Awareness Network
Computer Games & Learning
Can we talk about computer games and learning in the same breath?
Computer Games in Education Project
British research agency
Entertainment Software Association
Facts & research
Games Students Play
A May 2007 District Administration article discussing the Making History game
Harnessing the Power of Games in the Classroom (pdf)
An InSight article describing how to integrate games into instruction
The Learning Game - Researchers Study Video Gaming Principles that Apply to Education
Another interview with James Paul Gee
Gives an overview of research, news and development in the computer games area
Games & Education Research Network
Research that includes the relevance of games to curriculum & support mechanisms
The Beautiful Learning Wiki
A nice bibliography of research and articles
Federation of American Scientists
Published a year-long study on the use of video games in education. Conclusion? Teachers need to be using games as part of instruction
Moving Learning Games Forward
Takes a look at the gaming landscape, both learning games and commercial games, and makes recommendations to a broad range of stakeholders
"Gaming Advances as a Learning Tool"
|Children's Technology Review
Describes the products that are available from an educational perspective
Common Sense Media
A great site for finding and reviewing appropriate video games. Search by age, platform or title
Represents a consortium that is exploring the new frontiers of educational media
Epistemic games revolutionize the ongoing debate about the pros and cons of digital learning
Resources for Parents from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board
"Why do Kids Love Games? Are Games Harmful? You'll find the answers here. At GamerDad, we believe in Gaming with Children"
Great Games Experiment
Social network site for gamers
Learning Games Initiative
The purpose is to examine games in order to better understand their cultural and pedagogical import
A great site for parents with games organized by age, platform & by subject
|Mark Pensky's site
Writer, game designer and speaker. Lots of links and articles concerning gaming and learning
Nice site for real reviews and ratings for tons of games
Dedicated to the effective use of technology in schools, and games in education
Social Studies Software
Water Cooler Games
A forum for the uses of videogames outside the sphere of entertainment
What They Play
Parents guide to video games providing expert insight into the themes and content of hundreds of games
World History and Civilization III
TeacherTube video that demostrates how one school is using the game Civ III in the classroom
Games / Parents / Teachers
Companion site for the book, "Don't Bother Me, Mom -- I'm Learning"
What They Play
Empowers parents with everything they need to know to make informed decisions about what games are right for their children
Games, Software & Tools
The list of online games, simulations and video games is almost endless. The sites listed below provide a taste of what's available. Check out my Delicious links or go to my video game presentation page for specific game suggestions.
Some new online problem-solving, positive-impact type games for social studies classrooms are becoming available. Try Trading Around the World, Adventure Ecology, Dafur is Dying and Global Warming Interactive.
Game Creation Tools
|Aldrich, Clark. Simulations and the Future of Learning
Aldrich, Clark. Games And Simulations in Online Learning: Research And Development Frameworks
Anderson, Craig. Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy
Beck, John C. and Mitchell Wade. Got Game: How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever
Dubenitz, Joel. The Physical and Emotional Experience of Violence in Video Games
Egeler, Daniel. Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Hero Generation
Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
Gee, James Paul. Why Video Games Are Good for Your Soul
Gopnick, Alison, Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl. The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn
Herz, J. C. Joystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts and Rewired Our Minds
Howe, Neil and William Strauss. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation
Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter
50 Books for Everyone in the Gaming Industry