REVISITED: What's in a Learning Game? RE@L Learning for Life!
It’s all part of a new way to learn called “gamification”, finding new ways to make learning more game like, fun and productive. Our educator-designers invented Oregon Trail almost 40 years ago, arguably the greatest learning game ever. More on how much further we’ve come down the simulation trail below.
Here’sm some of the reasons why today’s learners love interactive simulation/learning games:
• If at first you don’t succeed, you can try, try again.
• You can compete and learn with others.
•You can win badges of achievement to display your skills.
• You can “buy” cool stuff with your skill points.
• You can learn from your losses. You can learn from losing!?! YES! Failure is something few want to happen in a classroom. But losing in a game can teach you a lot more than failure. It can improve your strategies to make you a winner.
Dr. Jane McGonigal is a recognized gaming expert. In a short video below, she addresses many concerns raised by educators: violence in games; competition vs collaboration; so-called “time wasting”. She cites valid research affirming the effectiveness of gaming and interactive simulation. Click on this link to see her video: Truths and Myths in Gaming
RE@L’s “gamification” experts agree with Dr. McGonigal. We are working diligently to ensure that very high level standards of gaming techniques are tested and incorporated in RE@L products. At RE@L we understand the power of gaming. We learned that when our team built the greatest K12 computer simulation game of all-time: “Oregon Trail”. Millions of people around the world have used the game in school and at home for four decades. They still do. Here’s a more recent link to some of her latest thinking on this emerging way for more kids to learn more. Click on her photo to the right to view her article.
RE@L has new and better learning games on our planning boards. Students will not only be able to go back in history to learn in our games, they will also be able to go forward in time and learn, too. We have ambitious plans to build more gaming into more of our learning products. RE@L knows gaming and we also know learning.
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