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7 ways to evaluate educational games

7 ways to evaluate educational games

Educational games are becoming more mainstream–here’s how to evaluate them 

educational-gameAs educational gaming moves from a future technology to a practice found in more and more classrooms, educators are recognizing game-based learning’s (GBL) potential to engage students and help them prepare for future learning.

By ensuring that games meet certain requirements, educators will find themselves on the path to choosing an impactful game that goes beyond the typical drill-and-practice or end-of-unit reward game.

“It can be overwhelming, but as gaming becomes more mainstream and there’s more out there about it, educators will be better equipped to evaluate games and GBL,” said Dan White, founder of Filament Games, a member of the advisory board for Games for Change, and a founding member of the Games Learning Society at the University of Wisconsin.

(Next page: What makes a good educational game?)

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  1. leites

    April 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    This is a recipe for making “games” that no one would ever want to play. Sort of liking evaluating food without worrying about whether you could eat it without gagging or throwing up.

    • leites

      April 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Dan White is a thoughtful person so something must have gone badly wrong in the attempt to summarize his ideas.