Op-Ed: An Argument for Game-Based Learning

Several months ago, we published an overview of educational games and their potential benefits. More recently, we also discussed a game-based productivity app in our recommended productivity apps for teens. From Minecraft-based curricula to edutainment apps for iPhone and Android, educational games are more widespread now than ever before, and likely to become more so with each passing year.

In a recent Forbes op-ed, tech writer Jordan Shapiro makes a case for the unique benefits of game-based education. The way we interact with and understand the world has moved beyond the traditional classroom model of top-down information transfer, he says. Twenty-first century Americans live in a networked world in which understanding connections is key. Game-based learning teaches students to think in this way, as traditional classroom education cannot, and thereby prepares students for twenty-first century citizenship.

You can read Shapiro’s full editorial here.

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  1. The Institute for Biology Education and Steenbock Library are partnering to catree a community and learning center for undergraduates in the biological sciences, which will have a physical location at Steenbock Library as well as an online presence. The project will provide central access to information and opportunities across campus and catree a network of professionals who work with biosciences students. In collaboration, we can help students navigate and take advantage of all the biosciences community has to offer and help them integrate their experiences into a meaningful whole. The center will support all biosciences undergraduates on campus and will offer specialized programming for first-year, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students. Pilot programming is planned for the spring, with a full rollout scheduled for Fall 2013. Details about the project and how you can provide your input can be found at biology.wisc.edu. — Amy Bethel

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