Monday, March 4, 2013
Serious games are important to know and understand when it comes to L2 learning. The definition of serious games is they they are games that are simulations of real-world events or processes designed for the purpose of solving a problem. They are also known as "games for change". I chose to view and play the game called, The Curfew. I personally played this game once, and I tried to access the entire game. It is really interactive and neat to play. I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of the main part of the game. Each person in the game had their own story to tell, which was really interesting. My language learning objectives for this game would be important to use in the classroom. These objectives would include the following: The student will be able to access the internet at their home computer or a computer outside of the classroom. They will listen and click on the various prompts on the site of this game and carefully pay attention to the games' rules and objective to solve it. The student will be able to earn points for their hard work throughout the game and are able to save the game and go back to it at a later time, if they do not finish the mission. In order to assess these learning objectives, it is important for me as the educator to assign the students to play these serious games, choose a game and if they are able to write up a one-page reflection about the game. The reflection can include their thoughts/feelings about the game and this is a great way to assess the learning objectives that were mentioned above. It is very important to consider if the student found the game to fun and engaging. Personally, I really enjoyed playing this game and it was very interesting how it involves the player throughout the entire game and it felt very real.