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Overview


People love playing games because they have a realistic opportunity of overcoming challenging objectives. While playing games, players remain informed on a minute by minute basis how close they are to achieving their objective. Multi-player role playing games also afford players the opportunity to creatively interact with others in the pursuit of their goals. In short, they're fun because they provide creative challenges with an opportunity to avoid solitude.

Uses of Gaming in the Education



Bill MacKenty's Games in Education site (posted by Lynn Marentette)

Bill is an instructional designer at the Hunter Campus School, who is keen on the role of games in education. He has participated in numerous workshops and panels about this topic. "Serious Games" is the umbrella term that includes games in education, educational games, and "edutainment". From Bill's website:
Are you a classroom teacher? So am I. I'm using games to teach, it works!
YES. Computer games are an incredible learning tool
YES. We can prove kids are learning
YES. We can see kids become excited and engaged about learning
YES. You can do it!

What Gaming Does for Students



Computer games for education video from FutureLab

Lesson Plans & Ideas


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Specific Program Links


Blog Resources


  • learninggames "This is a blog where I write about learning, about games, about games and learning, about learning about games…"
  • EdGames "Musings and findings about teaching with games. Created by the learning community of EDTEC 670 at San Diego State University."
  • Interactive Multimedia Technology, TechPsych Use the search function on the blogs to find information about games and related interactive multimedia applications for education. -Lynn Marentette (school psychologist, tech. student)
Blog post with direct links to on-line games for middle and high school students for each category of the Nobel prizes

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Other Web Links


  • Games-based Learning, "Access a vast collection of selected and reviewed links to e-Learning resources."

Article Links


  • Game-Based Learning Using Web Technologies (pdf) by C. Bouras et al. (2004) " In this paper, a web-based game is presented, which has been developed for enhancing the learning experience of university students. Its goal is to serve as a complement to classes, although it can be used independently. It provides the students with many ways of synchronous or asynchronous communication and knowledge acquisition. Through the game, students have to search for information, understand it and use it in discussions with the members of other teams."
  • Aspects of Game- Based Learning (pdf) by M. Pivec, O. Dziabenko, & I. Schinnerl (2004) "The paper introduces issues on game-based learning applied within the university and lifelong learning. “UniGame: Social Skills and Knowledge Training” framework, that enables teachers to define their own games is described in more detail."
  • Game-based Learning, a JISC briefing paper (2007). "This briefing paper is aimed at policy makers, senior managers and practitioners who are interested in an overview of game-based learning and how it may be used to support effective learning and teaching practice. The paper provides an overview of game-based learning, including the background, policy perspective and benefits and challenges. In addition, the paper provides a section outlining the work that is currently being funded by JISC in support of this area of activity. The aim of the report is to inform readers about game-based learning and to assist those interested in finding out more about the area."

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