The game Lemonade Stand demonstrates the application of several learning theories in its design. The game uses both text and images to provide prompts and information for the player, which exemplifies Paivio’s dual-coding theory.
The idea of game based learning, also known as GBL, has been in the news a lot lately and you may be wondering if it’s more than just hype. Kids learning from games? The same games that were in the news not to long ago as possibly increasing violent tendencies, and definitely taking time away from homework and studying? Well, like anything else in life...
We all remember the assignment. The dreaded book report. Depending on the grade level, the report was to be either a simple one pager or up to ten pages of in-depth analysis. And the book? In my ex...
Lisi Gopin, M.E.T.'s insight:
I love the character resume idea! I think you could also combine several of these ideas, to create a series of short assignments that would help students analyze the book from different perspectives, which is a broad approach as opposed to the narrowly focused "write a thesis statement and then support it" kind of assignment (although both have value!)
"As a game designer, however, you should realize that the learning experience is something you also can - and should - design. The learning curve of a game has a huge impact on how new players perceive that game."
The idea of game based learning, also known as GBL, has been in the news a lot lately and you may be wondering if it’s more than just hype. Kids learning from games? The same games that were in the news not to long ago as possibly increasing violent tendencies, and definitely taking time away from homework and studying?
Anyone who has ever watched kids play knows it can be serious business. “I’ll be the mommy, you be the dog.” “No, the mommy has to have a baby, not a dog. Besides, I’m a girl – I have to be the mommy.” There are always rules to follow, mistakes to be made, and do-overs to be held. Kind of like life, but with unlimited chances (at least, until the crying starts and someone storms off slamming doors). Games are a great opportunity to role play and learn about different situations – but it only gets you so far.
TJ & Pals is an interactive preschool website with a variety of fun apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed by educational experts and preschool teachers, kids play fun and engaging preschool games that are integrated with the curriculum.