I'm doing research for my Masters in Education, and my focus is game based learning.  I thought I'd share some of the resources I've found here at Gameful.

I found the following videos on YouTube both interesting and informative:

  1. In The Gaming of Education Transformation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khJDLo0oMX4) Richard van Eck talks about how games promote collaboration, systems thinking, social negotiation of skills, and problem solving.
  2. In Games for Change: Solving the Worlds Biggest Problems through Alternative Realities (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLUdxqYmDdc) Jane McGonigal discusses the benefits of games and ways they can be used for social change. 
  3. Jane McGonigal’s TedX talk on The Game that can give you 10 Extra Years of Life (http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_...) discusses how she developed a game to help herself recover from a traumatic brain injury.
  4.  In Donald Brinkman’s Hot Topic – Game Based Learning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCUJlM2ebtM) he states that playing games builds 21st century skills such as creative problem solving, which is the basis for innovation. 
  5. In James Paul Gee’s “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnEN2Sm4IIQ he talks about how playing games aids perceptual simulations and leads to comprehension.

I'll be sharing more as the weeks and months progress.  If you have found any useful and helpful resources about game based learning, gamification, or simulation, it would be awesome if you'd post them here too.

Linda

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