Monday, March 18, 2013

Week 4: Children's Games for Education, Hope & Celebration


Today's Agenda
  • 9:00am: Play Portal or Portal 2 (Via the "Steam" platform (application on your desktop/netbook). Download Steam if not already on computer: http://store.steampowered.com/about/) (Use username & password Percy sent you for access to Portal and various other games).
  • 10:00am: Discussion:
    • Debrief on the gameplay experience. Discussion of the game in relation to this week's readings, discussion of the concepts of "educational" games and "games as learning engines" (James Paul Gee's arguments about informal learning vs. "edugames"), etc.
    • Discussion of the role of educational (formal/informal) games in the library - how important (or unimportant) is this idea in building collections? For your playlists? In your game designs? Why?
    • What is "educational" - who defines it? how is it tracked/regulated?
  • 11:00am: Group work.

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