Virtual Worlds, Better ClassroomsMegan Bilodeau
Every maker of video games knows something that the makers of curriculum dont seem to understand. Youll never see a video game being advertised as being easy.Children who do not like school will tell you its not because its too hard.Its because itsboringSeymour Papert
Can gaming technology improve students narrative and academic writing?
StrengthsNonlinearPace controlled by studentsCollaboration between students/teacher & student/studentReal game, not edutainment titleGains in quantity and quality of descriptive writing and understanding of complexity of plotlines.
Sensory Details Students are immersed in the world they are writing about thus are hearing, seeing, touching and movingThis translates more directly into their writing
Seeing the Big PictureStudents want to create their world = writing isnt a chore
PossibleWriting Experiencesfirst and third person narrativedescriptioncharacter portraitsinstructionspoetryproblem solvingvocabulary building
Successful ExamplesTim Rylands, Kent Teaching and Learning in ScotlandFuture of Learning Group, MIT Media LaboratoryWestfield Vocational Technical High School!
ResourcesAckerman, Edith. (2002). In (Dimitracopoulou, A., Ed.) Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Proceedings of 3rd Hellenic Conference with international participation, 26-29/9/2002, University of Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, Kastaniotis/Interactive, Volume 1, pp. 31-38.Basu, Anindita. Full-Contact Poetry. MIT Masters Thesis. MIT, Cambridge, MA. August 2002.Sipitakiat, Arnan, and David P. Cavallo. Digital Technology for Conviviality: Making the Most of Learners' Energy and Imagination. Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Web. 28 July 2009. Tim Rylands | ICT to inspire with Myst. Web. 28 July 2009. .
Personal ExperienceEager students writingCooperative and collaborative game playFull-class involvementTeacher and student as equal in experienceRealization by students that one scene = three pages of writing = no fear of length Joy