The Art of Knowledge
300 Games You Should Know
Apparently if you want to be a wizard, and tell me this isn't the hottest trend, you need to first understand these video games. I really want to see more about what's going on with the video game industry. Man there is a real pit of knowledge out there that I never knew existed. This is so exciting. I thought it was just Tim and I with a white board somewhere. Nope there are a ton of idealist out there. Wonderful!
Wait a minute
- "Since the digital games revolution began, starry-eyed twits have been going on and on about how games will change education and lead us all down a future glorious path in which everyone learns everything because it's fun to do so. This is, of course, nonsense, and always will be, since creating something interactive =and fun= is bloody hard enough, and insisting that the result should also cram some facts into people's heads is enough to turn 'bloody hard' into 'well nigh impossible.' "
I don't agree with this at all. Without reading enough on the topic I will decline from making a technical evaluation and instead will go with my gut. I do believe that learning via interactive media (call it video games, flash, whatever is next) is the best way to take information in. Gearing information around interactive, goal oriented, problem solving situations that have a direct outcome to the task you are trying to fulfill seems to be an enlightened much awaited way of doing things. How can that be wrong or even slightly askew? I don't like to hear that it is, "bloody hard...near impossible" .
That's not the answer I was looking for. If you are going to be a cynic at least pick it a part from it's roots and not from your own inability to encapsulate what it is you are trying to understand. I think it is possible and is being done on many levels. I can only imagine that if the curriculum in school were centered around abilities to solve problems the same way video game let you unlock certain problem solving abilities than children would be learning at a much higher level. Making this fun is hard. Making the programs motivating, challenging, and meaningful is difficult. Is it the entire answer? Absolutely not. Is it part of what has been missing from letting people really use all aspects of their brain? I say yes. Let me ask you if you would want to learn from something that is fun or something that is boring? Now fun doesn't mean easy. Training for a sport isn't easy. Beating Zelda isn't easy. But the principles and lessons learned from those things are valuable and I think combined with the right information, skills, and eventual goals it can open a world of exponential learning. Just don't quit on the idea because you find it difficult.
BTW this all came from this site. It has a nice design and some cool ittle features. This is also on my side nav under "e-Learning Eclectic"
Link posted by JVMM : 11:17 PM