Let’s Play: The role and value of games and simulations in education!, Part 1
Michael Searson, Kean University, United States ; Bill Halverson, Educational Consultant, United States ; Robert McLaughlin, National Institute for Community Innovations, United States ; Calin Cazan, Graphic Designer, Romania ; Ann DeMarle, Champlain College, United States ; Joel Foreman, George Mason University, United States ; Peggy Benton, San Francisco State University, United States ; Melanie Zibit, Boston College, United States ; David Gibson, SimSchool, United States ; Debra Sprague, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
A diverse group of educators will present an array of perspectives on the role and value of games and simulations as educational tools. Papers will include the "Characteristics and Functions of Games," "What Educators Can Learn from Game Developers?" "What a Leading Edge Instructional Videogame Looks Like!" "3-D Gaming in a 3-D World: Engaging Students!" "The Power of Simulations - Immersion in a Learning Environment," and, "A Multi-User Virtual Environment Experiential Simulator." Current practices and research into games as educational tools will be presented. Varied experiences and perspectives of presenters, who include a graphic designer, a gaming expert, a professor of English, an educational technologist, developers of an educational-based simulation, and a journal editor, will allow for diverse insights into the possibilities of games as educational tools. The symposium will conclude with a discussion of a possible research agenda that can advance the role of games in education.
Searson, M., Halverson, B., McLaughlin, R., Cazan, C., DeMarle, A., Foreman, J., Benton, P., Zibit, M., Gibson, D. & Sprague, D. (2005). Let’s Play: The role and value of games and simulations in education!, Part 1. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2089-2091). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).