Nobel Prize for Gaming?

02 Aug

I came across an interesting site for educational games on the Nobel Prize website. The games are all based on Nobel prize winners. For example, there is a game based on Nobel Prize winning novelist William Golding’s book Lord of the Flies. It’s a very simple game in which players have to match up some quotes with the characters who said them. Nothing earth-shattering, but a nice little exercise that would help consolidate a student’s knowledge of the book.

Another game I played on the site aims to teach students about the cell. Again, the idea was a fairly simple and quick game which aimed at teaching a single concept. I must admit I was not very good!

The site reminded me of Jane McGonigal’s expressed desire to see a Games Designer awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! This is an idea which appears ridiculous at first glance, but after following Jane’s reasoning, seems almost inevitable.

As I was playing some of the games, I couldn’t help thinking how great it would be if a short game session didn’t become part of every lesson plan. These games could easily be hyper-linked from the class Moodle and form part of any lesson plan. Immediately it struck me too how much better to get students to design short Flash based games which could be used in the curriculum.

Now there’s my project for next term! Here is a useful site for absolutely everything you need to know about designing Flash Games


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