3 Top Game Based Learning Links: Weekly GBL Digest – 1

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With our increasing focus on Game Based Learning, each week sees us sharing interesting articles and resources about Game Based Learning on varied social networking platforms. While many of you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, we do realize that keeping a track of all the tweets/ posts, given the high proliferation and dynamic nature of information, is difficult, to say the least.

Hence, to ensure that you do not miss out on all the great links we share and also with a view to building a knowledge repository, every week, we shall be publishing a quick summary post of our best shared material from the week before.

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Below are our top 3 links from this week:

  1. The Power of Play in Learning Play is a powerful vehicle for learning which amplifies our capacity to innovate and to adapt to changing circumstances. Adults who are deprived of play are often rigid, inflexible and closed to trying out new options. Play is an active process that reshapes our rigid views of the world. This article from the MindShift Blog underscores the importance of play in learning.
  2. Teaching Science Through Video Game Design A well designed game is akin to a good teacher. It provides the player/student with a reasonable challenge and helps the player learn through scaffolding and instructions. Kevin Hodgson, a Sixth grade teacher from Massachusetts, USA encourages his students to learn Science by designing and creating their own video games.
  3. Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students This paper published by Futurelab outlines the findings from three workshops with teachers and students in which they: • give feedback on the relative importance of key learning elements identified in digital games • explore how these elements could be used to support the creation of games-based learning experiences in formal education settings

Hope you like these and if you come across anything interesting do share with us.

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