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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Back to gaming

Okay, now that I am finding some more time to post here again, let's go back to one of my own interests... gaming. You may recall my postings on Are computer games a boon or our ruin? and Gaming in education.

First, here are a collection of blog entries that I have come across about gaming that have struck my interest. As there are a lot that have built up over the past five or six weeks, I can't speak to each one individually.

All of these entries have brought me back around to thinking about something that obviously is of little interest to my dissertation topic, otherwise it would have appeared somewhere in my comprehensive exam questions (see Methodology Question, Practice question, Comps Foundations question, and Theory of interaction?). However, it is something that continues to puzzle me.

I know myself, how I can sit down for hours playing Civilization. I have watched younger cousins sit for hours and play other computer and video games. I have seen elementary school students, virtual secondary students, and my own pre-service teacher education students creating these Powerpoint Games. In all these instances, I see people that are totally engaged with what they are involved in. I see people who can tell you the ins and outs of the worlds that they are exploring through these screens.

These realizations lead me to two lines of thought.... The first is that there has to be something educational going on here. But the second, which I think is more applicable to me as an educator, how do we translate that into the way in which we teach?

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Blogger idarknight said...

How do you translate game learning?

Take a look at how things are being taught and learned and then see if those same ideas can be used elsewhere - math, pattern recognition and the like are all essential to games as are many other skills.

Take a look at this:
http://idarknight.blogspot.com/2005/09/from-gaming-trenches.html

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