Students applauded and were visibly moved in the game's final moments
November 25, 2014 11:28 PM Subscribe
The best learning games are always fun. Try playing them yourself and see if you enjoy them. No matter how advanced your understanding of the subject matter, a good game should still be fun. I've understood algebra and number partitions for decades, but DragonBox and Wuzzit Trouble are still challenging puzzlers that I like to fiddle with on long airline flights. All good games offer challenges in intuitive ways. In fact, this is the reason games work so well for learning: Players are intrinsically motivated to identify and succeed at understanding the game's mechanics.The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning provides a basic introduction to the use of video games in education, gives several thought-provoking examples, and points to numerous sites with related goals, including Edutopia's articles on game-based learning and Graphite's reviews of digital games with educational content. Meanwhile, this being what The Guardian has just called "Board games' golden age," resources such as Play Play Learn, BoardGameGeek's Games in the Classroom, and The Dice Tower's recent countdown of "Top Ten Games for the Classroom" offer interesting options for the tabletop as well.
The Dice Tower's top ten lists counted down as follows with some disagreements among the participants about the merits of the choices:
- Tom Vasel: Roborally, 1960: The Making of the President, Spinergy, Fauna, the 10 Days in ... series, the Timeline: ... series, Pastiche, Freedom: The Underground Railroad (and Academy Games in general), Ricochet Robots (alternatively, Mutant Meeples), and Diplomacy.
- Sam Healey: Blokus 3D, Gemblo, TransAmerica, Journeys of Paul, Twilight Struggle, Founding Fathers, the 10 Days in ... series, Time's Up!, Battle Cry, and Memoir '44.
- Zee Garcia: Origin, Anachronism, Thebes, Fabula, Word on the Street, Concept, Terra, Freedom: The Underground Railroad (and Academy Games in general), the Timeline: ... series, and Fauna.
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