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Games/Experiments/Simulations

Games, experiments and simulations can be rich learning environments for students.  Students today have grown up playing games and using interactive tools such as the Internet, phones, and other appliances.  Games and simulations enable students to solve real-world problems in a safe environment and enjoy themselves while doing so.  The sites below will introduce you to ways these can be used in your class.

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Game-Based Learning

Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

This site describes the features of game-based learning, explains why you should use games to teach, and also how to teach using games.

Using Classroom Experiments

Pedagogy In Action: The SERC Portal for Educators at Carleton College

The website provides the “what is”, “why”, and the “how to” explainations for using class experiments as an effective pedagogical strategy.   The website provides examples as well as links to other related pedagogical strategies..

Teaching with Simulations Pedagogy In Action: The SERC Portal for Educators at Carleton College The website provides the “what is”, “why”, and the “how to” explanations for using simulations as an effective pedagogical strategy.   The website provides examples as well as links to other related pedagogical strategies.

The Next Generation of Educational Engagement

Journal of Interactive Media in Education

This is a journal article that suggests that games and simulations can be powerful pedagogical tools in the classroom.  The article offers advantages as well as potential problems.

Building a "Serious Game" for Education

Audrey Watters, Hack Education

This is an interview transcript in which Audrey Watters interviews Nathan Maton, community manager for serious games site Gameful.