The Future Teachers: Educating People and Students With Video Games
Taking the first steps towards teaching with video games is an essential first step for anyone interested in learning to teach or teaching. But how do you know when to start, or when to stop and say it’s time for a break from the classroom?
With a little research into the subject of teaching in video games, many gamers out there have been able to get a taste of how video games are great tool to further the education process. We at 101 Daily Learning have gathered the best links to the best resources on teaching with video games to get you started.
The Practice: Analyze, Create, or Discuss It
The first step toward learning to teach video games is the practice of analysing games. Instead of all having to do this in one go, take the time to sit down and carefully define your lesson aims for teaching.
We suggest starting off with recording some of your assignments and show it off to colleagues, so they can see how it can be used. Follow it up with carefully making important decisions for your lesson outcomes.
Tutorials and Questions: Controlling the Data, Itself
Another practice is to answer video game-based questions. They can be simple facts, as well as general philosophical themes. Then, play the games to determine if there is a conclusion to the questions. If there is, find out what it means. If there is not, play some games to find out why it is that way.
Here, the resources that you need are now being turned into questions. The game developer could also take a more methodical approach and ask for feedback or observations to turn into a guide for your lesson.
Primary Instruments for Teaching From Video Games
However, there is a problem in the amount of great games out there. So how do you go about finding them? Using YouTube is one obvious suggestion, but that is not necessarily the way to go. Other possible resources are gaming conventions like E3 or PAX and other events held just for entertainment.
Then, there are other interesting things like the types of games that are popular among kids and those that are meant for the gamer community. A lot of thinking has been done into what games are perfect for testing theories about subjects like coding. From there, you can build your own theories and then try them on different games to give yourself a chance to see if they work.
Instructions: Test and Practice
Then, you can apply what you have learned. How? By working on a real subject to see how the video game implements it. Even some labs like Microsoft say that you can apply the concepts from the video game to develop other areas of science.
Sessions and Coaching: Reducing the Level of Difficulty
The next thing to look at is the levels of difficulty. For example, Minecraft is a game that is adapted from a found-object approach. The hardest level allows children to cut short their limited view of space, while hitting challenges by pushing in only certain directions.
Then, of course, you can get back to classics like Super Mario. A game that has gradually got harder through the years. Be careful though, because once you reach one or two levels with high difficulty levels, you can start to create your own problems by playing too aggressively.