Extra Credits: Games in Education

This week, we discuss some of the difficulties of integrating games into our education system.

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_%26_D ... _Quiz_Game

    Am I the only one, who after hearing about this in this week's episode, saw it as perfect potential to be used as a way to properly Gamify education?

  • Ya know, this sounded an awful lot like Montessori Education (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education). It's very similar to the idea's you were approaching in your video, so before you guys do a "part 2" I highly suggest doing some research on it. I'm sure you'll be able to find and see many examples of how this form of Education both works, and maybe were it can fall short, in terms of producing solid learning. A lot of our current education system is founded upon the principle belief that it is "preparation for college/higher learning", which to be fair, is a solid basis for certain fields such as being an Engineer or Doctor.

    That being said, I do believe early learning could be fostered with a Montessori Education system to help children learn more efficiently than a lot of our current education system does. Anyway, nice video guys.

    This is my first post on these forums. I have always enjoyed your video's and analysis of the industry, but this is the first time I felt like I needed to share something back with James and co. I'm an animator at SCAD, so I've heard mention of Floyd before, and ironically I have always been keenly interested in games, so it's nice to finally be on these forums.

  • Ya know, this sounded an awful lot like Montessori Education (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education). It's very similar to the idea's you were approaching in your video, so before you guys do a "part 2" I highly suggest doing some research on it. I'm sure you'll be able to find and see many examples of how this form of Education both works, and maybe were it can fall short, in terms of producing solid learning. A lot of our current education system is founded upon the principle belief that it is "preparation for college/higher learning", which to be fair, is a solid basis for certain fields such as being an Engineer or Doctor.

    That being said, I do believe early learning could be fostered with a Montessori Education system to help children learn more efficiently than a lot of our current education system does. Anyway, nice video guys.

    This is my first post on these forums. I have always enjoyed your video's and analysis of the industry, but this is the first time I felt like I needed to share something back with James and co. I'm an animator at SCAD, so I've heard mention of Floyd before, and ironically I have always been keenly interested in games, so it's nice to finally be on these forums.


    A bit of a necro, but as a Montessori student myself, I can say that it's not for everyone, some kids need more structure in their learning. There are some potential pitfalls there.

  • A bit of a necro, but as a Montessori student myself, I can say that it's not for everyone, some kids need more structure in their learning. There are some potential pitfalls there.

    It's not too much of a Necro is it? I just saw the video for it a little while ago, and they did say they were planning on doing a part two. well, thanks for replying, I'm interested to hear what you thought some of the strengths and weaknesses of a Montessori program are, if your up for sharing, but either way, it's good to hear someone with some actual experience with it have some thoughts on it.

  • I teach Graphic Design, Animation, and Game Design at a high school, and we use games quite a bit. This week in fact we are embarking on a huge megagame/political simulation that I've wanted to do for a long time. The one we are doing is from the UK called, "Watch The Skies." The kids are super excited to go to war with aliens and each other. We'll see how it goes. To get an idea of what I'm talking about the Shut up and sit down video podcast did an episode on the exact game we're playing http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/blog/post/susd-play-goddamn-megagame/

    Here's a photo of our class. We did an orientation today and took this photo at the end.

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