Positive and Negative numbers through World of Warcraft

Swedish version: https://spellararen.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/rakna-med-positiva-och-negativa-tal-genom-world-of-warcraft/ Many students that I’ve worked with love World of Warcraft. Some of these students have an extremely difficult time to understand school assignments, especially students with neuropsychiatric disabilities, because they are not as fun as the games they play. For them school is just a big obstacle you have to get through to get home … Läs mer

How to meet expectations when using Minecraft in school

This is a post that I wrote when I was project manager for a project called ”Minecraft Classes” in Sweden. A project I taught teachers who’ve never played Minecraft to use it in their classroom. How to meet the students expectations when it came to using Minecraft were the teachers biggest concern. How do you meet the expectations that … Läs mer

The best games to use in education are often not made for education

Almost every game that I’ve seen or played that is made for educational use is so up front with what you are suppose to learn that it makes the player not want to play the game. How educational based games actually differentiates itself from other games is an interesting discussion. Is it that the game developers have … Läs mer

Games in Education a challenge in the classroom

Something I’ve noticed when I talk about educational games and how to use games in education is that teachers often have a very special approach to games. Teachers often see games as something you can put in students hands in order to keep them occupied. This means that the teachers themselves believe they do not need … Läs mer

What can education learn from video games?

Video games magical concept When playing a game, the risk of dying or failing is always present. When you fail it’s the games way of telling you that you’re playing the game the wrong way and that is what creates a challenge for the player. If the player dies he or she have not found the right approach to solving … Läs mer

HoloLens – The future through two small windows

At Microsoft’s press conference for this year’s E3, Microsoft showed their new augmented reality headset, their so-called HoloLens. Augmented reality means that you can see digital objects and images through the HoloLens displayed in reality like your living room. You can, for example, by using HoloLens when cooking have the recipe tacked digitally on the kitchen cabinet … Läs mer

Games – future tools for learning

Kids of today spend more and more time in front of computers and videogames while teachers stand watching in discomfortable agony. ”How do we compete with the immersiveness and positive feelings that games create?”. That is the question that eats teachers in staffrooms today. In corridors and halls students can be seen with phones, tablets … Läs mer

What do Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and Video Games have in common?

How is it that children and young people with diagnoses such as ADHD, autism or asperger (a form of autism ) are drawn to the computer and video games? What is it that attracts them ? Is it just escapism or is there a deeper explanation? A person who does not have any kind of diagnosis like … Läs mer