Articles in Game Based Learning

[3 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 2,340 views]
7 Great Books on Games And Learning

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Looking to cut beyond the hype and dig in to what game based learning is all about? These seven books will give you a deep insight into ways games are being used today, and looks at the good – and the bad – of this growing phenomenon, including gamification.
1. The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies …

[28 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,442 views]
Book Review: Video Games and Learning

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Video Games and Learning: Teaching and Participatory Culture in the Digital Age, by Kurt Squire
About the author: Kurt Squire is an assistant professor of Educational Communications and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Director of the Games, Learning & Society Initiative.
Summary: “Can we learn socially and academically valuable concepts and skills from video games? How can we best teach …

[9 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 3,058 views]
The Play’s The Thing

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 …

[29 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 6,539 views]
Is It Gamification, Or Game Based Learning?

These two terms get thrown around a lot, often interchangeably, but they’re not really the same. They’re both important concepts, and they’re both useful. However, they are useful in different contexts and that’s why I think it’s important to define each one.
Game Based Learning, often shortened as GBL, is about using games to teach – facts, concepts, attitudes, whatever. It can use digital games, which is becoming increasingly popular, but has also been used for decades in the classroom with board games, team games, Jeopardy-like quizzes, etc. Anything that uses …

[28 Nov 2013 | One Comment | 6,844 views]
Why Does Game Based Learning Work?

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, there tend to be positive and negative aspects to games. Some games are overly violent, and many games are more appealing than homework without offering anything …

[12 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 3,643 views]
Finding and Evaluating Great Educational Games

IGI Global Announces New Title: Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Digital Technology

 Hershey, PA – October 2013 – IGI Global, an international publishing company specializing in high-quality research publications in the fields of educational technology and information technology management, is pleased to announce the September release of Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Digital Technology, edited by Professor/President Zongkai Yang (Central China Normal University, P. R. China), Professor Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA & Central China Normal University, P. R. China), Professor Di Wu (Central China Normal University, …