Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Welcome to MacICT Game Design

Welcome to your MacICT Game Design blog. This space is open to all participants in the 2010 Game Design project through the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. The Game Design team consists of two people, Cathie Howe (Project Officer) and Anthony Fennell (Research and Development Assistant). We are also fortunate to have the help of Jessica Becerra, a teacher at Epping Public School, who assists us with our Kahootz training workshops each term. We manage and support participants in the Game Design with Kahootz project, conduct research into how engaging students with Good Game Design may contribute to improving students’ collaborative and problem solving capabilities, and we are also currently developing a new Game Design project using Kodu.

There are a growing number of teachers and schools using game design to enhance student learning and provide an engaging, motivational tool to assist them in achieving this outcome. Through using Kahootz 3 game design software, teachers and students can work collaboratively to create interactive 3D narratives, stories and quests.

Why learn about games? This article from the DET Click magazine, http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/news/technology/blog/yr2009/learnstealth.php, explains why. Learn by stealth: how digital games can help, is an outline of the educational value of digital games, written by Gail Dyer (principal, Belmore South PS). Gail describes how her school incorporates digital games into student learning by putting the focus on students as game makers and designers, teaching them skills of logic, time management, maths and organisational skills. The article concludes with a list of educational games.

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