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David W. Deeds: Bett MEA: Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School

Dr. David W. Deeds' presentation for the 2018 Bett MEA (British Educational Training & Technology Middle East & Africa) Conference in Abu Dhabi. Covers Games-Based Learning (GBL) basics plus tips on what to do (and what not to do!) to introduce it to your school.

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David W. Deeds: Bett MEA: Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School

  1. 1. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Bett MEA 2018 ADNEC, Abu Dhabi David W. Deeds
  2. 2. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Welcome!/ ‫بك‬ ‫أهال‬! Goals for this presentation: • Define Games-Based Learning (GBL) and examine some of its benefits • Suggest ways of successfully introducing GBL to your (K-12) school • Warn against repeating my mistakes!
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  4. 4. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School First, introducing Games-Based Learning: • Simple definition: Teaching something while the learner is playing a game • Gamification is implementing game mechanics in a non-game context • Lots of overlap, beyond scope here! • Key to GBL: Defined learning outcomes, achieved in a familiar/fun/etc. way
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  6. 6. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Next, introducing myself: • Almost 17 years in education, 50-50 split between colleges/unis and K-12 schools • Have introduced GBL to schools in six different countries…so far! • Now the Director of Information and Learning Technologies for Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt
  7. 7. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Amusing (?) anecdote time: Principal I used to work for told me his teachers weren’t convinced that GBL is an effective teaching/learning method. He asked: “What would you say to these teachers, David?” And I replied: “I’d say…
  8. 8. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School
  9. 9. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School (Just some) benefits of GBL: • Kids actually enjoy it (what a concept!) • Ultimate equalizer, “levels the playing field” (e.g., for English Language Learners or Special Needs students) • Enables learning from mistakes/failures in a safe (simulated) environment • Maintains motivation via challenges, incremental increases
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  11. 11. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School (Just some) benefits of GBL: • Provides “practical” practice of problem- solving techniques (strategic thinking) • Progress easily (automatically?) recorded for formative/summative assessments • Facilitates collaboration, project/time management and other real-life skills • Feedback is immediate and continuous • Enables differentiation (pacing)
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  13. 13. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School So how do you introduce GBL? • Best to ask forgiveness vs. permission (i.e., sneak it under the proverbial radar) • Start with an after-school activity/club • Sell it as a means of doing a Project Based Learning or cross-curricular unit • Lead by example, and word of mouth will convince everybody else
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  15. 15. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School So how do you introduce GBL? • Different scenarios/roles call for different strategies/approaches • If you’re an IT type, start with your classes and/or your teachers’ classes • Are you or do you have a Technology Integrator or Coach? • Keep in mind that all you have to do is get it started, GBL will take off!
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  17. 17. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School What has worked for me? • Match game type with lesson goals (easy with certain computer “games”) • “Skeleton lesson plans” for assignment differentiation, autonomy, etc. • Balance of collaborative and individual work projects (more teamwork) • Using native-language interface for ELLs • Connecting efforts to real-life situations
  18. 18. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School What has worked for me? • Cycles, small inside large, to reinforce new skills/knowledge • Projects, never tests, for both formative and summative assessments • Same game across grades, challenge levels (playing communities) • Make it immersive whenever possible (why virtual worlds are so wonderful)
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  20. 20. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School What has not worked for me? • Internet games with dodgy connections • Freebie games that only go up to a certain level and then require payment • English-only and/or complicated interfaces with ELLs • Assessing without special rubrics (but don’t obsess over rubric-grade!)
  21. 21. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School What has not worked for me? • Ignoring purpose and “shelf life,” playing for the sake of it, for too long, etc. • Trying to fool kids re: objectives (vs. fun) • Insisting on too much design in advance • Driving kids crazy with documentation • Separation by gender (but contests!) • Assuming, e.g., Creative mode best when real motivator is FEAR OF DEATH!
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  23. 23. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Follow my Scoop.it pages! www.scoop.it/t/3d-virtual-worlds-educational-technology www.scoop.it/t/integration-and-teaching-ed-tech
  24. 24. Introducing GBL to Your (K-12) School Cartoons by Studio Jonos studiojonos@gmail.com
  25. 25. Thank you!/ ‫لكم‬ ‫شكرا‬! ddeeds@schutzschool.org.eg davidwdeeds@gmail.com

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