"Vokis are great for practising speaking skills with students. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is real fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that students often have when faced with recording themselves speaking in English."
Can we build a serious game to help us tackle some of the problems surrounding education? It’s a fascinating idea, one that Nathan Maton, community manager for serious games site Gameful raised with me a month of so ago. In the interview below, I ask Nathan some questions about what a serious game for education (in education, about education) might entail.
Middlebury Interactive Languages (MIL), the leader in providing superior world language programs for pre-college students, this week was named the winner of a Serious Play conference Bronze award for MiddWorld Online, a web-based 3D virtual world roleplay game.
Epistemic games are computer games that can help players learn to think like engineers, urban planners, journalists, lawyers, and other innovative professionals, giving them the tools they need for a changing world. In epistemic games, players see what it is like to live in the world of adults. They learn ways of thinking that matter in the digital age, and have a chance to imagine the kind of person they might someday become.
If you were to play a language learning video game based around learning a language by immersion in your target language's country, what would it feature? What would be the game's storyline? How would it get more difficult as the game progresses? How could you ensure the player is actually learning as he/she goes?
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