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« Game Design
« Game Design
What's your experience?
What’s your experience with learning games? Best types of concepts to use them with? Improving motivation? Challenges?
I am an informal educator working with the sanctuary system --- specifically at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Galveston, Texas. I have almost no experience with gaming. However, I have several family members who have been into gaming and/or computer programming (especially Dungeons and Dragons). It strikes me as a potentially valuable tool to teach about the sanctuary and about climate change/ocean acidification. I will be looking for advice/suggestions/input from everyone on where to go with this idea!
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You might want to look into the EcoChains card game that Peg showed in one of her slides... it is a "build a food web" game... set in the Arctic Ocean... but I bet it would be pretty easy to adapt to a Gulf Coast climate and ecosystem... I'd guess most of the rules could stay the same, and just replace organisms with ones from your region.
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A fun game I would recommend that I helped create was a Arctic Food Web- see google doc below! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0VJBDSEOHoBaUdxa2tGc0ZNQzA/view?usp=sharing
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I have worked at my school for nearly 28 years. I have used game designing on paper on occasion with concepts like photosynthesis in Biology and plate tectonics in earth science. I have not yet used electronic game design because I wasn’t sure how to begin. This resource has now provided me with some tools to start with. We have been a 1:1 iPad school for some time, so it should be relatively easy to get started. However I used to be able to use game play more regularly before our tech department blocked Flash player to protect our server. It is too bad that so many great educational games run on Flash.
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I really like the idea of games being developed collaboratively between classroom teachers, informal educators like Shelley, and others such as students. Peg provided several great resources / platforms to get started. Another one I like is Google Tour Creator, where you can design tours that can be made into scavenger hunts and other games. You can check the tool out here: https://vr.google.com/tourcreator/
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I have used the Jeopardy model for a game night. I included parents and students. This was for a Middle School and it worked well. I had the parents playing opposite the students so there was a HUGE amount of competition. Can you guess who won?
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Thank you! I intend to check out all of the websites Peg provided. It was a cram-packed session! I will make EcoChains one of the first. Does sound like an appropriate game and simple to modify for our habitat.
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Thank you - I will definitely check it out!
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Thank you Aida. I'm thinking we might even come up with something appropriate for adults who don't dive (so will never be able to see the sanctuary fully in person). Sounds like a good challenge for a game night. :)
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Just logged onto the TourCreator site to save the URL and the first thing I saw was a 360 option! As luck would have it, we actually have some 360 images from Flower Garden Banks NMS.
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360 tour of the Flower Garden would be amazing! What a great "game" such as a scavenger hunt it would make as part of an oceans unit.
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I never thought of having the children make games! This is an excellent idea that I think I can incorporate in my Environmental Education programs. I play food web and predator prey games with them, but I think they might learn more if they made the game - it would make them think about how a food web works or what characteristics make an animal predator or prey...
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I use scavenger hunts a lot - its a good way for everyone to get involved and LOOKING! Thank you for suggesting this awesome tool. I plan on trying to use it soon.
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Hi Rebecca, I would be interested in learning more about your plate tectonics game! I teach primarily geology.
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Remember that you can attach files to your posts! Great (and easy) way to share!
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National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series had a webinar in February (looks like you can view the archived recording) titled "Virtual Dives into America's Underwater Treasures" that you might want to check out for ideas https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/webinar-series-archives.html
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