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Digital Games and Learning

Author : Nicola Whitton
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In recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of digital games to enhance teaching and learning at all educational levels, from early years through to lifelong learning, in formal and informal settings. The study of games and learning, however, takes a broader view of the relationship between games and learning, and has a diverse multi-disciplinary background. Digital Games and Learning: Research and Theory provides a clear and concise critical theoretical overview of the field of digital games and learning from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Taking into account research and theory from areas as varied as computer science, psychology, education, neuroscience, and game design, this book aims to synthesise work that is relevant to the study of games and learning. It focuses on four aspects of digital games: games as active learning environments, games as motivational tools, games as playgrounds, and games as learning technologies, and explores each of these areas in detail. This book is an essential guide for researchers, designers, teachers, practitioners, and policy makers who want to better understand the relationship between games and learning.

Digital Games and Learning

Author : Sara de Freitas
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The popularity of entertainment gaming over the last decades has led to the use of games for non-entertainment purposes in areas such as training and business support. The emergence of the serious games movement has capitalized on this interest in leisure gaming, with an increase in leisure game approaches in schools, colleges, universities and in professional training and continuing professional development. The movement raises many significant issues and challenges for us. How can gaming and simulation technologies be used to engage learners? How can games be used to motivate, deepen and accelerate learning? How can they be used to greatest effect in learning and teaching? The contributors explore these and many other questions that are vital to our understanding of the paradigm shift from conventional learning environments to learning in games and simulations.

Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom

Author : Katrin Becker
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This book presents an in-depth overview of the uses of digital games in education, from K-12 up through post-secondary. Beginning with a look at the history of games in education and the context for digital games, this book guides readers through various methods of serious game implementation, including the Magic Bullet Model, which focuses on the player's point of view of the game experience. The book also includes methods of measuring the effects of games in education and guidance on creating digital game-based learning lesson plans.

Cases on Digital Game Based Learning Methods Models and Strategies

Author : Baek, Youngkyun
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In K-12 classrooms, as well as on the college and university level, the incorporation of digital games has played a vital role in the educational system. While introducing teachers to new fields, these digital games have been designed and implemented for the classroom and have shown positive results at a variety of educational levels. Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning: Methods, Models, and Strategies analyzes the implementation of digital game applications for learning as well as addressing the challenges and pitfalls experienced. Providing strategies, advice and examples on adopting games into teaching, this collection of case studies is essential for teachers and instructors at various school levels in addition to researchers in game-based learning and pedagogic innovation.

Using Digital Games as Assessment and Instruction Tools

Author : Ryan L, Schaaf
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Combine hard work and deep fun in classrooms with digital game–based learning. Students of the always-on generation gain information through different tools and learn differently than generations before them. Discover how to incorporate digital games and use them to craft engaging, academically applicable classroom activities that address content standards and revitalize learning for both teachers and students.

Digital Games and Language Learning

Author : Mark Peterson
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Due to the rapid development of gaming technologies in recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the role that digital games can play in foreign and second language learning. Bringing together innovative research from an international team of contributors, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the use of digital games in computer-assisted language learning (CALL). The book firstly lays the theoretical foundations and outlines various rationales for using digital games, incorporating contemporary theories of second language acquisition. It also explores the development and impact of digital games designed specifically for language learning, giving due consideration to design principles, pedagogical requirements and student health. Chapters then draw on case studies from Europe and Japan to analyse in-game interaction, attitudes and participation in both institutional and out-of-classroom settings. Seamlessly combining theory with practical application, this book outlines recent developments in the field and the direction of future research, and is a valuable resource for instructors, researchers and practitioners who are designing games or looking to use them in their classrooms.

Digital Games in Language Learning and Teaching

Author : Hayo Reinders
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This edited volume explores how digital games have the potential to engage learners both within and outside the classroom and to encourage interaction in the target language. This is the first dedicated collection of papers to bring together state-of-the-art research in game-based learning.

Digital games and learning

Author : Margarida Romero
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Play is an interactive and fun learning activity. Thanks to digitization, there is an upswing in the game-based learning sector which opens up opportunities for all-age audience to use Digital Games for Learning (DGL): from kids to elders. This book emphasizes the potential of digital games for lifelong learning and deals with the different aspects one should take into consideration to create and to implement digital games for learning. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an ICT developer or you’re just curious about the pedagogical uses of digital games, this book was made for you.

Digital Games and Mathematics Learning

Author : Tom Lowrie
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Digital games offer enormous potential for learning and engagement in mathematics ideas and processes. This volume offers multidisciplinary perspectives—of educators, cognitive scientists, psychologists and sociologists—on how digital games influence the social activities and mathematical ideas of learners/gamers. Contributing authors identify opportunities for broadening current understandings of how mathematical ideas are fostered (and embedded) within digital game environments. In particular, the volume advocates for new and different ways of thinking about mathematics in our digital age—proposing that these mathematical ideas and numeracy practices are distinct from new literacies or multiliteracies. The authors acknowledge that the promise of digital games has not always been realised/fulfilled. There is emerging, and considerable, evidence to suggest that traditional discipline boundaries restrict opportunities for mathematical learning. Throughout the book, what constitutes mathematics learnings and pedagogy is contested. Multidisciplinary viewpoints are used to describe and understand the potential of digital games for learning mathematics and identify current tensions within the field. Mathematics learning is defined as being about problem solving; engagement in mathematical ideas and processes; and social engagement. The artefact, which is the game, shapes the ways in which the gamers engage with the social activity of gaming. In parallel, the book (as a te xtual artefact) will be supported by Springer’s online platform—allowing for video and digital communication (including links to relevant websites) to be used as supplementary material and establish a dynamic communication space.

Learning with Digital Games

Author : Nicola Whitton
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Written for Higher Education teaching and learning professionals, Learning with Digital Games provides an accessible, straightforward introduction to the field of computer game-based learning. Up to date with current trends and the changing learning needs of today’s students, this text offers friendly guidance, and is unique in its focus on post-school education and its pragmatic view of the use of computer games with adults. Learning with Digital Games enables readers to quickly grasp practical and technological concepts, using examples that can easily be applied to their own teaching. The book assumes no prior technical knowledge but guides the reader step-by-step through the theoretical, practical and technical considerations of using digital games for learning. Activities throughout guide the reader through the process of designing a game for their own practice, and the book also offers: A toolkit of guidelines, templates and checklists. Concrete examples of different types of game-based learning using six case studies. Examples of games that show active and experiential learning Practical examples of educational game design and development. This professional guide upholds the sound reputation of the Open and Flexible Learning series, is grounded in theory and closely links examples from practice. Higher Education academics, e-learning practitioners, developers and training professionals at all technical skill levels and experience will find this text is the perfect resource for explaining "how to" integrate computer games into their teaching practice. A companion website is available and provides up-to-date technological information, additional resources and further examples.

Digital Game based Learning

Author : Marc Prensky
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Recognizing that people respond more effectively to speed, fun and graphics, the author's approach melds the engagement of fast-paced video games with serious business content to create better and more engaging training. This book explains what digital game-based learning is, why it is different and better, why it's not just another fad, where it can be used, and how to implement it. The engaging text presents copious case studies based on on-site visits to companies who have successfully utilized this training methodology.

Games To Teach or Games To Learn

Author : Yam San Chee
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The book presents a critical evaluation of current approaches related to the use of digital games in education. The author identifies two competing paradigms: that of games-to-teach and games-to-learn. Arguing in favor of the latter, the author advances the case for approaching game-based learning through the theoretical lens of performance, rooted in play and dialog, to unlock the power of digital games for 21st century learning. Drawing upon the author’s research, three concrete exemplars of game-based learning curricula are described and discussed. The challenge of advancing game-based learning in education is addressed in the context of school reform. Finally, future prospects of and educational opportunities for game-based learning are articulated. Readers of the book will find the explication of performance theory applied to game-based learning especially interesting. This work constitutes the author’s original theorization. Readers will derive four main benefits: (1) an explication of the difference between game-based-teaching and game-based learning, and why this difference is of critical importance, (2) an exposition of the theory of game-based learning as performance, (3) concrete exemplars and research outcomes relating to three game-based learning curricula that have been empirically evaluated in schools, and (4) an understanding of complex issues related to the human side of school change that must be effectively addressed to achieve take-up of game-based learning in schools.

Using Games to Enhance Learning and Teaching

Author : Nicola Whitton
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"Despite growing interest in digital game-based learning and teaching, such as alternate reality games and virtual worlds, until now most teachers have lacked the resources and technical knowledge to create games that meet their needs. The only realistic option for many has been to use existing games which too often are out of step with curriculum goals, require high-end technology, and are difficult to integrate.This book offers a comprehensive solution, presenting five principles of games that can be embedded into traditional or online learning and teaching to enhance engagement and interactivity. Contributors highlight strategies and solutions for digital game design, showing how educationally sound games can be designed using readily accessible, low-end technologies. The authors are established researchers and designers in the field of educational games. Case studies explore specific academic perspectives, and featured insights from professional game designers provide an explicit link between theory and practice. Practical in nature, the book has a sound theoretical base that draws from a range of international literature and research"--

Guidelines for Game based Learning

Author : Maja Pivec
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Guidelines for Game-Based Learning is a contribution to a fast developing field of high interest to many educators: Make learning fun! This book is a result of joint research for the European project, "UniGame: Game-Based Learning for Universities and Life-long Learning". With the UniGame project, we tried to break completely from the tradition and start from a new concept: Motivation and fun dimensions were put in the middle and we started from the concepts of games and play-ing. The primary target-group of these guidelines is practitioners i.e. all pedagogues, teachers and trainers that want to implement game-based learning in their classes. The book will help them to systematically find commercial games and introduce them into their classes, or to implement their own ideas in the form of an educational game. Activities in-cluded in the chapters offer support in this proactive behaviour. Chapter one begins with key messages about game-based learning, and triggers first reflections on the place of this approach in higher education and training institutions. The theoretical background of game-based learning is outlined. In Chapter two a range of existing game classifications introduce the innovative 'UniGame' game classification that is based on learning goals, and relates games that help to achieve them. This classification offers guidance to practitio-ners in choosing an existing game to complement their classroom studies, and provides ideas for creating new educa-tional games. Chapter three describes the process of choosing and using a game for class use. A guide to introducing games into a course is outlined, for example, selecting and finding appropriate game, considering skills of tutors and students, tech-nical conditions, etc. Chapter four supports practitioners in defining their own educational game. Educational game design steps are outlined in detail. A freely accessible web platform called "UniGame: Social Skills and Knowledge Training" is presented.

Game on

Author : Ryan L. Schaaf
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Discover how digital gaming can improve learning and prepare students for successful futures. The authors--both experienced educators and enthusiastic gamers--contend that students of the 21st century communicate and learn differently than previous generations. By incorporating digital games into lessons, student learning will more accurately reflect the interactive, engaging reality students experience outside the classroom and better prepare them for college and careers. Benefits Explore learning theory and research that supports why students of the digital generation require different learning and teaching methods than previous generations. Discover the benefits of classroom gamification for educational and professional development purposes, which include making students active participants in their learning. Gain consistent, clear definitions for terms related to gaming in education, and learn how to incorporate digital games into lesson design. Access lists of suggested digital games, and learn for what purposes the games are most useful. Consider how digital games can address students' diverse learning needs and can be used for assessment. Contents Foreword by Ian Jukes Introduction: The Gamer in Us All Chapter 1: From Entertainment to Education 3.0 Chapter 2: The Arcade of Education Chapter 3: Learning Theory and the Attributes of the Digital Generation Chapter 4: How to Find and Evaluate Digital Games for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Chapter 5: Lesson Design Using Digital Games Chapter 6: Digital Gaming and Assessment Chapter 7: The Nine I's of Modern Learning Chapter 8: Beyond Linear Presentations Chapter 9: Takeaways References and Resources

Leading Issues in Games Based Learning

Author : Thomas Connolly
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It has been said that the future will never be the same again, which is undoubtedly true, as is the statement that learning will never the same again. Many of the old rules of learning are being swept away and it is increasingly realised that knowledge of “fact” is less important than understanding of situations. It is now well established that understanding can be facilitated by simulation, which is one of the principles on which games-based learning is founded. Games-based learning is also important because there is so much pressure on the teaching resources available. Demand for learning has never been greater and it is likely to continue to grow exponentially. In this environment games-based learning has come into its own. It has always been true that there has been much to learn from games. Both competitiveness and team work have traditionally be learnt on the playing fields of schools around the world. Strategic thinking has been learnt from games such as Chess, even Checkers, and in a more sophisticated way the board game Diplomacy. With the power available through ICT entirely new games are possible that have a much richer and more engaging potential for learners. This is transforming learning and opening up new avenues for both learners and those who are helping them learn. This book represents some of the leading edge thinking in this field and is highly recommended to academics and training practitioners.

Physical Play and Children s Digital Games

Author : Krystina Madej
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Play engages humans cognitively, emotionally, and physically at all ages. Using a historical framework, and focusing on play as represented by material artifacts such as toys and games, this book explores play as a form of somatic engagement that reflects cultural attitudes about development and learning as these have evolved over time in western culture. Theorists in the twentieth century such as Klein and Winnicott, Huizinga and Callois, Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsy brought different perspectives to our understanding of play’s role in our society. In particular, Vygotsky’s theories about process provide insight into how children attend to learning and assimilate new information. The increasing use of digital media as both an entertainment and learning environment at ever-younger ages, is generating new discussions about the nature and value of play in children’s development, in particular, physical, or somatic play. The emphasis on games intended for children necessitates a discussion of the cognitive, behavioral, and neuroscience that supports play activities and physical engagement as a crucial aspect of development. The book then looks at the trajectory of digital games in contemporary culture and explores whether these artifacts (whether intended for learning or entertainment) have extended or are curtailing boundaries of somatic engagement. Finally, the book discusses alternative play and game design and, speculates on the future of new media play artifacts.

Video Games and Learning

Author : Kurt Squire
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Can we learn socially and academically valuable concepts and skills from video games? How can we best teach the "gamer generation"? This accessible book describes how educators and curriculum designers can harness the participatory nature of digital media and play. The author presents a comprehensive model of games and learning that integrates analysis of games, game culture, and educational game design. Building on more than 10 years of research, Kurt Squire tells the story of the emerging field of immersive, digitally mediated learning environments (or games) and outlines the future of education.

Serious Play

Author : Catherine Beavis
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Serious Play is a comprehensive account of the possibilities and challenges of teaching and learning with digital games in primary and secondary schools. Based on an original research project, the book explores digital games’ capacity to engage and challenge, present complex representations and experiences, foster collaborative and deep learning and enable curricula that connect with young people today. These exciting approaches illuminate the role of context in gameplay as well as the links between digital culture, gameplay and identity in learners’ lives, and are applicable to research and practice at the leading edge of curriculum and literacy development.

Games and Education Designs in and for Learning

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We live in a time of educational transformations towards more 21st century pedagogies and learning. Games and Education explores new designs in and for learning and offer inspiration to teachers, technologist and researchers interested in changing educational practices.