For many years video games were perceived as “nothing more than a waste of time, finding themselves on the receiving end of much disdain from parents and educators alike” (Hadfield, 2014). Growing up as a millennial child myself, I can relate to these comments. This information is a stark reality of where past generations had started and to what teaching in today’s digital classroom is about.
Today’s classrooms are being infiltrated with an abundance of digital equipment. The many platforms in which educational games are deriving from are not just PC-based but extend to include Xbox, Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation. This has allowed students to take learning into a brand new level by exposing them to different media platforms testing their motor skills, problem solving and critical thinking.
The question that is raised from this topic is; can computer games assist in teaching? Absolutely! The resources available allow teachers to “engage students in creative approaches to an even wider range of subjects than they could with traditional games” (Jointhecteam.com, 2014). By adding an element of fun and excitement in classrooms, initiates the learning process by ensuring that games are visually appealing, as well as intellectually stimulating.
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Below is a link to my attempt of making a ‘Sploder’ game. This was perhaps the most challenging part of this unit. The user friendly icons allowed for the game to be built however due to time constraints, the game consists of one level.
SPLODER LINK CLICK HERE ->: http://www.sploder.com/publish.php?s=d0044jnc
Console Platforms. (2014). [image] Retrieved from http://examinedexistence.com/can-playing-video-games-make-you-smarter/
Hadfield, B. (2014). Technology in the Classroom | Video Games. Dominicanu.com. Retrieved from http://www.dominicanu.com/masters-in-education-resources/classroom-technology/
Jointhecteam.com,. (2014). Video Games in the Classroom. Retrieved from https://www.jointhecteam.com/educators_video_games.html
Sploder Logo. (2014). [image] Retrieved from http://www.jessewattenhofer.com/games