Gaming in the Classroom: Supporters and Interest

 

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It would appear that #hashtags actually do have a #purpose, and it’s not just silly #JimmyFallon jokes.  I got some great responses from a tweet linking to my previous blog post.

Here’s some advice from my ol’ buddy Richard, who is one of the most savvy computer science and math guys out there.  He also has a kid, so I’m confident his suggestions are legit.

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Our lovely instructor Valerie Irvine has all kinds of fun ideas that I hope to get organized.  Her 8 year old might give me some insight into how Minecraft works, and the Gaming Fellow from the ministry might be able to join us for an info session.

My next thought is to do some research on coding for kids.  My husband works in the web design industry, and he pointed out that coding is just as valuable a skill as math or science in the job market. If it’s in demand in the workplace, why not expose little kids to it while their minds are fresh and nimble.  A little bit of coding never hurt anyone (unless you include how much my eyes hurt after coding and crying in my 2nd year comp sci classes at university).  Perhaps if I had been exposed to coding at an earlier age, things would have been a tad easier.

Off I go to Reddit, to find some advice on coding with kids.

 

Education and Gaming

How does it work?

I will admit, I’ve never been a fan of video games.  But I would like to learn more about how they can be beneficial, especially for education purposes.

I found a few ideas through a search with combinations of the following hashtags on the ol’ twitter.

#education #gaming #learning

Here are some leads:

Mining for materials and then crafting from them
Mining for materials and then crafting from them
Never Alone video game about Inuit Culture
Never Alone video game about Inuit Culture

I will report what I’ve learned!  Maybe I can design some lesson plans around them or have students present on their favourite games.