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Integrate game-based learning for 21st Century skills success!
Kids today live in a digitally connected world. Prepare your students for the new global economy by leveraging the technology they love and understand best. This straightforward, easy-to-follow guide helps you build essential 21st Century skills using digital video games. Ryan Schaaf and Nicky Mohan provide a cutting-edge, research-based approach - built around time-honored instructional practices. Step-by-step strategies help you easily find, evaluate, and integrate digital games into your existing lesson plans or completely redesign your classroom.
This practical guide helps teachers use well-designed game elements to: Promote meaningful student buy-in; Create student-centered, collaborative learning spaces; Teach and assess 21st Century Fluencies aligned to Common Core State Standards; Address multiple intelligences using research-based strategies
Includes a detailed implementation outline, a ...
1: Digital Games as Learning Tools? Game on!
2: It's All About the Game and How You Play It
Games are the most elevated form of investigation.
It's Only Natural: Playing Games and Human Development
Games are a natural method of learning. If you look at the animal kingdom, you see puppies pouncing on each other with wagging tails, kangaroo joeys boxing, or river otters sliding down a mud bank. Humans spend most of their childhood learning through gameplay.
Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist and philosopher, developed the theory of “cognitive development.” He observed that play, as a vehicle for human development, was one of the most important functions of childhood. He theorized that play creates a relaxed atmosphere for learning to occur. Humans use ...