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Games-based learning resources

Games-based learning is a field that is developing as quickly as the tools that teach it. In educational terms, it builds on our nature to play and discover through competition, problem-solving, engagement, decision-making, immediate awards and applying what we learn to real life. In journalism, games turn news consumption into active engagement rather than a passive experience.

Overview

A Brief History of Newsgames: Combining News + Videogames
http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/12/a-brief-history-of-newsgames-combining-news-videogames341.html

U.S. Department of Education: What 21st Century Education Should Look Like:
http://www.ed.gov/technology/draft-netp-2010/what-21st-century-learning-should-look-like

Nieman Reports, Summer 2010: News-Focused Game Playing: Is It a Good Way to Engage People in an Issue?
http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reportsitem.aspx?id=102419

Our game

Test your skills
http://hsj.org/modules/test_your_skills/index.cfm?menu_id=5&module_id=14

News games

Link TV’s Know the News:
http://www.linktv.org/knowthenews

Play the News:
http://www.playthenewsgame.com/portal/home.action

Poynter Institute’s NewsU and Newseum:
Be a Reporter
http://www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game

Poynter Institute’s NewsU and Newseum:
Be an Editor
http://www.newsu.org/courses/be-editor-game

You be the Reporter: Ethanol as Fuel
http://www.inms.umn.edu/projects/games.html

 

English and language skills

Four Word Scramble
http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/four_scramble.asp

One of These Things
http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/not_like_the_others.asp

Related Word Search
http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/related_word_search.asp

SAT vocabulary
http://quizhub.com/quiz/f-vocabulary.cfm

Vocabulary Building
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_vocab.htm

 

Basic math and budgeting

Budgetball:

http://www.budgetball.org/

Budget Maze:
http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/gamesandquizzes/20080519/201/2525

Fianacial Entertainment:
http://financialentertainment.org/


The Problem Pages:
http://www.theproblemsite.com/problems/

Codes and Secret Messages:
http://www.theproblemsite.com/codes/

 

Youth issues and problem solving

Burger Ban
http://www.playthenewsgame.com/portal/game.action?gameTurnId=241

Drinking Age Debate
http://www.playthenewsgame.com/portal/game.action?gameTurnId=188

Elections: Your Adventure in Politics
http://www.ciconline.org/elections

Energy City
http://www.jason.org/digital_library/8239.aspx

Evoke: A Crash Course in Changing the World
http://www.urgentevoke.com

Garbage Glut:
http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/gamesandquizzes/20071113/201/2343

 

Thought leaders in online/digital game education, theory and research:

Mario Armstrong:
http://www.marioarmstrong.com/
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5072275

Danah Boyd:
http://www.danah.org/
http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/

Ian Bogost:
http://www.bogost.com/

Brenda Brathwaite:
http://bbrathwaite.wordpress.com/

Nicolas Carr:
http://www.roughtype.com/index.php

Henry Jenkins:
http://www.henryjenkins.org/

Brenda Laurel
http://www.tauzero.com/Brenda_Laurel/BrendaBio.html

Jane McGonical:
http://www.avantgame.com/bio.htm
http://blog.avantgame.com/

Ewan McIntosh:
http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/
http://www.getideas.org/getinsight-blog/games-based-learning-leaders-how-video-games-can-improve-literacy-one-semester

Janet Murray:
http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~murray/

Sheri Graner Ray:
http://www.sirenia.com/html/sheri.htm

 

Games-based learning organizations

Association for Educational Communications and Technology:
http://www.aect.org/default.asp

Educause:
http://www.educause.edu/

Education Arcade:
http://educationarcade.org/

Games for Change:
http://www.gamesforchange.org/

 

Games to Teach:
http://www.educationarcade.org/gtt/home.html

Genomics Digital Lab
http://www.genomicsdigitallab.com/gdl/default.cfm?thePage=CA/home

Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota
http://www.inms.umn.edu/

Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop:
http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/

New Media Consortium:
http://www.nmc.org/

Women in Games International
http://www.womeningamesinternational.org/

 

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