Teaching with games is nothing new. Thinking back on my own educational experience, I can think of many examples of times where my teachers tried to get us excited about something we were learning or reviewing by playing a game or adding some sort of competition to class. When this was done well, these games provided for some lasting learning experiences.
The video embedded below is a TED talk given by game designer Jane McGonagal in 2010. Get a piece of paper or document ready to take notes before you start watching As you watch this video, consider the following questions:
- How can games help change the world?
- What are some of the emotions gamers experience while playing games?
- What makes games so addictive?
- What are gamers getting good at?
- How does the main point of this talk apply to education and educational environments?
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