Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Games in education: two new reports

Part of what I do for a living is look at the use of digital games in formal, curriculum-based education. This week has been a good one in this particular niche area of applied research, with the publication of two reports:

1. Unlimited learning: computer and video games in the learning landscape (1.2Mb PDF). ELSPA (the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association), in association with the Department for Education and Skills’ personalised content team have produced a good overview of the area with some nice examples and bang up-to-date information on games.

2. Teaching with games (downloadable report and surveys). FutureLab have been working on a one-year project, supported by Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Take-Two and ISFE, where several COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) games are used in  classroom conditions to see how useful and relevant they are in a real learning environment.

4 comments:

  1. john, i expect you know, but the register covered this last month (with an ironic eye). Check here:-http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/10/computer_games_classroom_trial/

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  2. "Covered" is rather a strong word to use in the context of the registers news-empty snippet. Maybe now the report is out they'll read it.

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  3. Hi John,Many thanks for the link.Ina

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