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:

  1. How can games help change the world?
  2. What are some of the emotions gamers experience while playing games?
  3. What makes games so addictive?
  4. What are gamers getting good at?
  5. How does the main point of this talk apply to education and educational environments?

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