What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning? Episode 2

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I recently posted a table explaining the differences between games, serious games, educational, games, GBL, etc.   I thought a concrete example might help to understand the distinctions. Say we are using The Parable of the Polygons to help a high school … Continue reading

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This question keeps coming up. Here’s a handy table to help. This is an updated version of the table I created back in 2015. Note: This image is not to be posted anywhere or re-used without my written permission. Citation: … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: Further LACK of evidence for Link Between Violent Video Games and Behaviour

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Posted on 16 January 2018 Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent. Source: No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour – News … Continue reading

5 mistaken differences between education games and the gamification of education

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes And 12 ways in which these ideas are problematic. Gamification is generally defined as the use of game design elements in non-game contexts. Fair enough. But this is pretty much where the article goes off the rails. (She’s not alone). … Continue reading

Gene Rummy Released!

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Gene Rummy is now available! Both the Full and Novice versions are available for purchase now! Gene Rummy is a bunny-themed card game that helps teach the basic principles of Mendelian inheritance. We’ve all heard the idiom: “breeding like rabbits”. Well, here … Continue reading

New Book: Choosing and Using Digital Games in the Classroom: A Practical Guide

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I am thrilled to announce that my book is now available. This book is full of lists and practical advice on how to use games in the classroom. It takes you from the theories that underpin both learning and teaching … Continue reading

The Clark-Kozma Debate in the 21st Century

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute For a long time now, this paper has been the most popular paper on my academia.edu collection, and I finally figured out why…… Turns out, this paper is required reading in a number of courses, both at the undergrad and … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on “Virtual Violence” is, Basically, Nuts: Why Parents and Policy Makers Can Ignore It

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a long history of releasing policy statements on media which are both wildly alarmist and grossly inaccurate. These include their controversial claims about “Facebook Depression” in 2011, their problematic and unrealistic recommendations on … Continue reading