How cool is this?
After attending my Game-Based Learning extended session on Day 1 of Learning 2.012 and skyping her class during the session, Naynay Montilla has taken the concept of game modding and put it straight to use in the classroom.
During the session we talked about trajectories of student participation when ‘gaming’:
- All students start as a newb
- Students start gaining a certain level of mastery
- Students start investigating winning strategies, optimal strategies, counter strategies etc.
- Students start asking ‘What if…”
What happens if we change the rules? What variations can we introduce and how does this affect game play? Can we add bias to the game?
The original game in this instance was called the Game of 31. It is a two player game that is played with a standard deck of playing cards. The students from the International School of Manilla have got to work, added a variation and re-named it “Beachball: First to 21.”
Have a listen to one of their Grade 1 “Explanation Experts” explain their game 🙂