Sandbox Summit - Game On! How Playful Learning Works

April 17, 2012 
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Game On! How Playful Learning Works

Alex Games, Ph.D., Education Design Director, Microsoft

Kodu, a game-based learning environment is designed to introduce children to
computational thinking and programming, giving them identities as game designers
within online communities. The presentation will discuss the way in which Kodu allows
young learners to use their experience as gamers to explore the key computational
principles, thinking, and activities in computer science and engineering that lie “under
the hood” of modern videogames. Alex will present examples of how this model has
been used in the context of after school programs, and the ways in which it promises
to transform the way in which children engage with STEM, by allowing them to use
games as a language that gives meaning and value to concepts that schools tend to
present in academic and decontextualized ways.


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