One of the things that is important to me is creating positive change in the world. While I loved teaching, I felt that there had to be a better way to connect with people. After watching the failures of schools to produce responsible students and that of the environmental movement increasing changes for the survival of the species it seemed clear that there is a better way. So I researched and read and looked at what appeared to be successful. What I’ve come to is that games area fun and engaging way to connect with and communicate a message. While the message can be communicated through both the theme and the mechanics either should provide a better way for information to be retained as behavior change.
The use of games for education is a growing field, although it has been in practice for decades in experiential education. Using games in education, in a didactic purpose, is linked with greater understanding and better assimilation of the information by players. I may not be a scientist, but I can observe that there is movement on the games front as this understanding percolates through society and more play pops up. Continue reading “Games for Didactic Use”