By Julie Johnson, Special Education Resource Teacher, Barrie, Ontario, Canada (November, 2010)
I became interested in Games Based Learning thanks to Twitter, where, in the summer of 2010, I began conversations with other educators and found several who were using video games for educational purposes. What a revelation!
This site is meant as a library of the online resources I have collected with regards to Games Based Learning. A specific focus is given to Wii games (as that is the console we have at our school). (Games Based Learning can include website or software games, but I focus here mostly on console examples.)
I provide links to other education-related sites. Please remember that those links are not written by me, and thus reflect the opinion of the owner/writer, and not myself or my School (Goodfellow P.S) and School Board (Simcoe County District School Board).
I myself will be launching a games based learning resource project at our school in 2011 using Mario Kart Wii in a literacy and numeracy context. Once it's completed, I will be sure to add the write-up here!
Hope this site is helpful! Any questions, comments of concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
*This site will be continuously updated as new material is found on the web!*
Julie Johnson (Twitter: @JulieeJohnsonn)
school site: goodfellowps.com
NEW! Games based learning BLOG SITE where I will discuss my project and games based learning issues! Please come visit me there!
1. Many thanks to my fellow Twitter educators for providing many of these awesome links! And many thanks to these Games Based Learning educators listed here who are inspiring others to give it a try!
2. Also, to connect with other Games Based Learning teachers please consider this PLN: Making Curriculum Pop ('A Resource Sharing Community for Educators Interested in Better Practices and Teaching with Pop Culture') which has a Gaming discussion group.
Visit Making Curriculum Pop
3. My project was also partly inspired by this Ministry of Ontario Document: Me Read? No Way! A Practical Guide to Improving Boy's Literacy Skills (2004) which suggests an "openness" to popular culture in the classroom and to consider a "broad range of narrative forms" (such as web pages, rock videos, television shows, cartoons, joke books, among others" pg. 11.
4. Lastly, a collaborative ongoing directory of Wii educational activities has been established by British teacher Peter Richardson (called CiWii). Many have been linked on this website individually, but if you would like to add anything to the list or review it yourself in its entirety, please check HERE
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Today I hosted a WII PLAY DAY FOR STAFF at my school. We played the Mario Kart and Super Mario Brothers games over lunch hour and added some ideas to those all ready presented on this website.
Here is the full list, which includes our ideas plus ideas pulled from the links on this site, as they relate to these two Mario Wii games.