Game based learning – the old fashioned way

Guess the game from the quotes:

The elementary school at the edge of this rural town has a playground that boasts little more than a swing set. That’s no problem — the hot new game is inside.

Lattimer points out one of her students who she said struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “In the classroom, he cannot sit still,” Lattimer said, “but he sits still for this.”

The game can help students develop critical thinking skills that make them better at math, reading and writing

Answer and comments below!

And the answer is… Chess!

More here at USA Today.

There is no evidence – yet at any rate – to show that learning chess actually brings any academic benefits with it, but some of the associated tangible benefits (improvements in behaviour) are similar to ones often reported in digital game based learning studies. Perhaps our obsession with things digital is making many game-based learning researchers forget or ignore the potential of many traditional board games – or modern variants.

One thought on “Game based learning – the old fashioned way

  1. Bill Kerr

    “This chess process seems to me to be quite similar to the development of scientific knowledge – the public process of hypothesising, experimenting, making knowledge claims publicly and then arguing about those claims”
    - error in chess and life

    Another issue is that chess has been significantly changed by computer chess. When you run one of your games through Fritz it’s amazing the unexpected discoveries you make. Fritz also serves as a useful tester for new opening innovations before they are committed to a “real life” competition game.


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