GAMIFYING ED­U­CA­TION

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

“This event is a great way for games ex­perts to con­nect with teach­ers and help them in run­ning a 21st cen­tury class­room.”

LAST week’s Ed­u­ca­tion in Gam­ing Sum­mit hosted the Vic­to­rian Games and Apps Chal­lenge, a state-wide com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents.

The chal­lenge was de­vel­oped after Premier Daniel An­drews vis­ited the Mi­crosoft of­fices in Seat­tle to dis­cuss po­ten­tial part­ner­ships with Vic­to­ria around ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties last year.

The win­ner of last year’s chal­lenge, Ja­son Ris­ing from Brae­mar Col­lege in Wood­end, will present the awards.

Ja­son’s game, which has just been re­leased, ex­plores the life of young peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence anx­i­ety, some­thing he says will help build em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing in play­ers.

Vic­to­ria’s Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion Ju­dith Gra­ley opened the Sum­mit which in­volved teach­ers, games de­vel­op­ers and aca­demics shar­ing ideas about in­te­grat­ing dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies into the State’s cur­ricu­lum.

“This event is a great way for games ex­perts to con­nect with teach­ers and help them in run­ning a 21st cen­tury class­room,” Ms Gra­ley said.

“It sup­ports and en­riches de­liv­ery of the Dig­i­tal Tech­nolo­gies cur­ricu­lum in Vic­to­rian class­rooms.”

Dur­ing a se­ries of pan­els and work­shops ex­perts dis­cussed how games played a key role in Vic­to­ria’s pre-school, pri­mary and se­condary cur­ricu­lum in­clud­ing STEM, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and cod­ing, art and de­sign.

Key­note speaker and Co­de­name En­ter­tain­ment CEO Eric Jor­dan demon­strated the ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of game de­vel­op­ment skills to the mod­ern jobs mar­ket, in­spir­ing ed­u­ca­tors to make dig­i­tal learn­ing a cor­ner­stone of their class­room prac­tice.

The Ed­u­ca­tion in Games Sum­mit was part of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Games Week.

Im­age:de­vika­bil­imo­ria

Eric Jor­dan ex­plains how game de­vel­op­ment skills can im­prove stu­dents’ ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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