It really has been quite some time since I have blogged and in all honesty I really feel like I don’t have much more to say about Games in Education that I haven’t already said. I am still a huge fan of games and still use them when I can. I just feels like every time I think about posting it seems redundent to me.
I did use Muzzy Lane’s Making History again this year. As like every year I have used this game the kids loved it. They always ask for more. I now have kids taking my classes at the high school because they know I use games. This is a double edged sword. First, it is always nice for kids to desire to take my classes. But I always want that popularity to really be based upon learning not just gaming. Second, I really spend very little time during the course of a year in games. Sometimes kids are a bit let down by that….but with the lack of gaming titles that translate well for educational use I do what I can.
I would also say that my teaching with Making History this year was by far the worst I have ever done. More due to illness factors than anything else. I had to leave school during the middle of the day during our game action. I was at that point with my illness that I had to concentrate in order not to throw up. After two class periods of that agony I informed the principal that I had to leave. I didn’t think I could make the day like I felt. So I got in my car to drive home and I had to stop for gas on the way home because I was running on fumes. I was fairly certain I was going to puke at the gas station but I made it through. I jumped back in my car for the 20 minute drive home. Well, I made it about 3 minutes before I pulled over in a panic and barffed all over the road. I just stood on my breaks, openend my door and let it go.
Anyway, I missed one and a half days of game play and when I returned to school I tried to salvage what lessons I could from the game play. I know it was mediocre but it was better than me blowing chunks all over the USSR team as they invaded Latvia!!
I also used The InQuizitor this year as well. I did post about that experience earlier. But just to recap my students loved this quiz game. More than I thought they ever would. They asked for the InQuizitor more than I was cabable of putting quizzes together. I would highly reccomend buying either of these two games if your budget has the funds.
www. muzzylane.com and www.3mrt.com
Finally, we are in the midst of planning our next student trip to Europe. We will be traveling from Rome to Munich on Spring Break 2010. Student travel is one of the most rewarding things I have done as a teacher. Sure, it can be a tremendous pain but the rewards that come to students is incredible. We started these trips 11 years ago and I have talked to many former students who traveled with us and they have expressed the positives of the trips to me. Some students have studied over seas, some have majored in foreign language in college, and some have traveled on their own back to the areas we first visited. It is a nice thing to see the fruits of our labor!