Persistence and Gaming in Education
For gamers of a certain age, the blocky pixels of the 8-bit Nintendo era bring back fond memories.
In our own time, educators are fascinated by the learning potential of games: the way they engage us, challenge us, and test us. They teach, in compelling ways, all kinds of lessons, both pro- and anti-social. Some of the most powerful lessons of games are the rewards of exploration, persistence, patience, and determination.
Go Right, a mash-up by RockyPlanetesimal, is a lovely homage to these lessons. Enjoy it. As you enjoy, take a second to try to take it seriously.
I'm not always sure that video games have a place in classroom instruction, but I think every educator should think about why games create powerful learning experiences for people.