Game On: Using Computer Games to Captivate Your Class

A great article in the Guardian by Ollie Bray about the benefits gaming brings to education:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/sep/14/gaming-in-education-tips-for-teachers-ollie-bray

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Wii-Margot’s Word Brian for the classroom #gbl

Click the page tab to find out more about using this game in the classroom for spelling, word finding, word level work, vocabulary which is simply fun!

Futurelab Research

Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students

 This paper outlines the findings from three workshops with teachers and students in which they:

Give feedback on the relative importance of key learning elements identified in digital games

Explore how these elements could be used to support the creation of games-based learning experiences in formal education settings.

Download the report.

WiiMaths #gbl project from Australia

Whilst looking through recent tweets, I came across an interesting one from @OhLottie with a link to WiiMaths.  Never one to miss an opportunity,  clicked and found this excellent project in Victoria,Australia using the Wii for maths.  The activities centre around Wii Fishing, bowling, swimming, golf and investigating angles.  Some ideas for questions are given and print outs available – definitely worth a look!

Wii Sports #gbl links – how have you used the game?

Wii Sports game provides many opportunities for great maths. Click tab above for links to blogs etc of those who have used this game. We’re always looking to add other ways to use this game. How have you used it in your classroom and are you prepared to share your ideas? Looking forward to more ideas…

Wii Music #gbl plans and links

How about trying something musical on the Wii? Click on the tab above for some ideas. Could you add any more to the list?

Planning to use GBL in your classroom? #gbl

Moving year group or staying put? Thinking of using games to engage and motivate all learners? Not sure which game or where to find ideas? Have a look at all the fantastic ideas here in one place, they are being added to all the time by some wonderful teachers who want to share their ideas?

More ideas for writing a Mario Karts unit added..

Stumbled across this unit for writing using Mario Karts, some interesting ideas…worth a look. Click on the tab above and scroll down.

Do you have any GBL resources to share?

The main aim of this blog is to harness GBL resources for enhancing teaching and learning. We welcome any links to websites, blogs, planning and to sites who are or have been using games in the classroom. It doesn’t matter which console you have, please send in your ideas to share with others.

Another Code: R – do you have anything to add?

I heard about this game through the excellent work of Dawn Hallybone as she used it to fulfil the ‘Stories with flashbacks’ unit from the National Strategy.  Suffolk Wii Project has also produced some great feedback as well.  Have any of you used this game?  What did you use it to go alongside with?  How did you get on?  Do you have any planning that would get others started that I could include on this blog?