Four college freshmen crowd around a TV, jostling around a video game that involves grabbing shapes to fill the cube on the screen. A “blip blip” sound fills the room, and players argue over whose turn it is. As much as this scene might seem to be kids taking a break from schoolwork, they’re actually doing schoolwork: learning about rotational motion in their college physics course.
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An organization of the government (UWV) that takes care of unemployed people recently launched a job interview game. This organization wants to reach out to youngsters with a low and medium education, because this is the group with the highest unemployment rate.
With the job interview game the government wants to improve 5 skills. Every skill consists of a ‘fun game’ that motivates the player to go on playing. After a while this turns into a serious game with concrete targets: the set-up of a CV, writing a business network plan or making a personal list with tips and tricks to find a job.
The single biggest misconception about games is that they're an escapist waste of time. But more than a decade's worth of scientific research shows that gaming is actually one of the most productive ways we can spend time.
"Extracurricular" would be a generous word to describe my gaming career in college. At Rice, games are aparently part of the curriculum — I guess I went to the wrong school. This is the course description for English 312:
Gamification has tremendous potential in the education space. How can we use it to deliver truly meaningful experiences to students? Learn all about the impact of gaming on education in this infographic.