Incorporating Game Design in Classroom Curriculum
At Artech we envision a day when many more students will complete projects using Games as a platform for interactive simulations, springboards to discussions, and a means for polling responses from fellow students and teachers.
Games like other digital media – power point projections, film, and animations – offer students an opportunity to use digital technologies in creative and communicative ways. Young students understand digital technology in a way many adults do not. And because of their early exposure they are already quite “fluent” in its “language”. They are as Marc Prensky submits – “Digital Natives” – and their brains do work differently.
Creating Video Games can be another form of creative expression for many students.
Incorporating Video Game Design in a classroom is an opportunity to appeal to and engage a wide range of students. The process of creating games involves creating artwork, performing “programming’ tasks, using imagination, and using mathematical and logical skills. Creating games like playing games requires strategic planning and puzzle solving. Creating games is fun! It readily engages students.
Our Next Generation Learning Systems™ is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning. Rather than confine Video Game Design to Technology Classes we see the possibilities for Video Game Design to be incorporated into a wide variety of school subjects.
With Next Generation Learning Systems™ creativity is as valuable an asset as logical and computational thinking. Essential to the success of incorporating Video Game Design in any classroom is encouraging students to create their own characters and backgrounds – to flex their imaginations.
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Example use of Video Game Design for a Health Science unit:
The goal of this project is to illustrate the value of making healthy food choices and maintaining a balanced diet.
- Have students research what types of food offer nutritional benefits? What is meant by a balanced diet?
- A multi-level maze or platform game can be used to illustrate what constitutes healthy food choices.
- On each level students can challenge the Player to collect the makings of a healthy meal.
- As the levels more and more obstacles are introduced. These can be simulations of real challenges faced every day.
- E.g. It may be easier to select “fast” food and more work to prepare a healthy meal.
- The way the levels in the game are arranged can simulate the difficulty of challenges.
The final project for this course is in two parts:
- Part I Written Assignment
- Part II Game demo