Connected Educator Month Webinar: Behind the Screen: Educational Games as Effective, Engaging Learning Tools
Ever wonder what makes an educational game an effective learning tool? Curious about how developers integrate learning and gameplay? Want to know what teachers should look for when evaluating games?
This webinar describes the process of creating Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream!, an interactive online game that teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts by tasking the user to design a roller coaster. The presenters give a behind-the-scenes look at how a game captures the player’s attention by creating progressively challenging but achievable goals and give insights on how educational concepts are woven within the game’s storyline. Participants learn how education is balanced with entertainment, how activities are structured to ensure learning takes place and how the educational content for the game narrative as well as educator classroom materials is created, vetted for accuracy and aligned to state/national standards to make using the game in the classroom as turnkey as possible. The presentation also includes an overview of current research studies supporting the use of online games for learning. Participants also receive tips on what features to look for in effective educational games and how to best use them in the classroom.
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