THING 22 – LEARNING WITH GAMES
This week we’re spending some time looking into the variety of fun and even game-based learning tools that are being developed and made available online. 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is itself such an online learning tool, and there are countless others that can help you learn a range of new topics, from different languages to music to astronomy.
Kahoot is a free game-based learning tool designed to be accessible to classrooms and other learning environments. Kahoot’s are short timed quizzes that can be created by anyone on any topic for any educational level. A quiz is created, then displayed on a screen for the classroom to view. Players sign-in to the quiz and answer questions through their own devices.
Go to Kahoot: https://kahoot.it/
Duolingo is a platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The platform mimics the structure of video games in several ways in order to engage its users. There is a reward system in which users acquire lingots, an in-game currency that can be spent on features such as character customizations or bonus levels. There are public leaderboards in which people can compete against their friends or see how they stack up against the rest of the world. As of November 2016, the language-learning website and app offer 68 different language courses across 28 languages. The app has about 200 million registered users across the world.
Go to Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/
Yousician is an interactive music service to learn and play a musical instrument. It comes with an app that uses audio signal processing technology to recognize notes and chords played by users on their real instruments through a computer microphone, so that it can analyse their playing and provide them with instant feedback and guidance.
The instruments currently supported are guitar, piano, ukulele and bass, and the app can run on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux platforms.
Go to Yousician: https://yousician.com/
Star Walk is an interactive astronomy guide that shows celestial objects in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing detailed information about them. It helps anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps users understand amazing cosmic phenomena.
Go to StarWalk: http://vitotechnology.com/star-walk.html
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages. The tutorials are available online and can also be downloaded for offline use. They include explanatory videos and step by step instructions and activities. Types of activities and tutorials can be filtered by education level, experience level, technology available, and subject type.
The Hour of Code is created by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and under-represented minorities. Their vision is for every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.
Go to Hour of Code: https://code.org/learn
National Museum of Scotland Games
The National Museum of Scotland (NMS) has created a range of online games and made these available for anyone to play on their website. The games range from medical science, sheetmetal cutting (spatial and materials awareness), wind farm positioning, Ancient Egyptian, Pictish, and Roman adventures, atom smashing, and Morse code!
The games have been developed to complement exhibitions and themes in the museum and to highlight items in the collections.
Go to NMS Games (scroll down!): https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/?type=13119