The Landscape of Digital Learning Games: Finding Paydirt

The Landscape of Digital Learning Games: Finding Paydirt

By Ryan L. Schaaf   This article first appeared at Amplify here. Reposted with permission. There are a wide variety of digital games available for players on countless platforms. It makes it very challenging to find a game for a specific purpose such as learning. The first step is to understand the purpose of gameplay. […]

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The Research Supporting Digital Gaming and Learning Part 2: The Gamer’s Gains: Evidence of Efficacy

By Ryan L. Schaaf Preface There are literally thousands of research studies, books, web articles, and news reports examining the effectiveness of games during the learning process. Some of these sources are research in nature; some are based on firsthand experiences or accounts, while others are formed on opinions or even sophistry. The truth is […]

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The Research Supporting Digital Gaming and Learning Part 1: The Gamer’s Brain

By Ryan L. Schaaf   This post originally was posted here. Reposted with permission from Amplify Games. Preface There are literally thousands of research studies, books, web articles, and news reports examining the effectiveness of games during the learning process. Some of these sources are research-based, some are first hand experiences or accounts, while others […]

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Setting the Record Straight: The Difference Between Digital Game-Based Learning, Gamification, and Other Related Buzzwords

By Ryan L. Schaaf   This post was originally posted here. Reposted with permission from Amplify Games. As more and more educators consider using games in their learning programs, they must understand all of the nuances involved. Today, the buzzwords in education are gamification, play-based learning, gaming, game-based learning, and digital game-based learning. There are some popular misconceptions about these […]

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The Power of Gaming: A Global Phenomenon

By Ryan L. Schaaf   This post was originally posted here. Reposted with permission from Amplify Games. During sporadic times in my life, I would have labeled myself a gamer. I started with the classic Atari 2600 in the early 1980’s (no old jokes, please). As I developed through my adolescence, the video game industry continued to […]

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Digital Games: Learning through Gameplay – A Prequel

This post was originally posted here. This article is reposted with permission. By Ryan L. Schaaf   Have you ever observed a person playing a video game? Have you ever witnessed the intense range of emotions, extreme task commitment, engagement, and focus players experience as they smash buttons and hold on to their game controllers […]

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