It was interesting to see that so many of us think along the same lines for game components. I guess there are some universal truths in learning, especially when it comes to gaming. I can appreciate that so many of these components should be translated to all subject in learning. It’s my greatest hope to be able to do just that… as a human, not a computer.
My contributions to others was once again perspective. I would like to say it was my love for James Paul Gee, but we all read him this week! I just appreciate that I am a product of some of these components in gaming as opposed to reading the research of others. The research definitely justifies it all, and helps us to advocate a change in philosophy when it comes to using games in education.
Some interesting questions were brought up to me about multi-player vs single player games. Multiplayer certainly does encourage group problem solving, collaboration, and independent learning… depending on the game. However, most multi-player games are online and require monetary subscription. And from my experience, online gaming-communication tends to breed foul-mouth tweens, or “trolls.” You’d have to be careful in what you’re sending your kids into.