After listening to Dr James Gee, “More recently, Gee’s work has focused on the learning principles in video games and how these learning principles can be applied to the K-12 classroom. Video games, when they are successful, are very good at challenging players. They motivate players to persevere and simultaneously teach players how to play. Gee began his work in video games by identifying thirty-six learning principles that are present in – but not exclusive to – the design of good video games. Gee argues for the application of these principles in the classroom. Gee’s video game learning theory includes his identification of twelve basic learning principles. He identifies these as: 1)Active Control, 2) Design Principle, 3) Semiotic Principle, 4) Semiotic Domain, 5) Meta-level Thinking, 6) Psychosocial Moratorium Principle, 7) Committed Learning Principle 8) Identity Principle, 9) Self-knowledge Principle, 10) Amplification of Input Principle, 11) Achievement Principle, 12) Practice Principle, 13) Ongoing Learning Principle, 14) Regime of Competence Principle.“, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Paul_Gee
His thoughts on video games has made me think more about the games my son plays, is it just ‘playing’ games and not ‘getting’ anything out of it – time wasting? Spore, science related, perhaps. Age of Empires, building empires. This is just two games but maybe he has been learning through his play, after all the way my children learn through play today is different to how they learnt in their early years. As long as children are learning in a variety of ways such as the outdoors exploring, sport, social interactions with friends, time spent on their pc’s can be used as a learning tool even if it isn’t school work. Downtime is important for everyone, this is downtime for our children today, I have to admit I enjoy Harry Potter on the xbox, the challenge – you just keep going until you reach your goal. Perhaps well designed games could play a part in our classrooms, just something else to think about for my real world teaching. It is exciting to think I will have my own class oneday and the possibilities are endless. Anyway one step at a time, let’s start with prac.