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[Xmca-l] Re: Digital game-based learning



Yes, I think it was Vygotsky who said that children want to write; they
just want to write about something that matters. That's why we use the
simulation: it allows pupils and teams to be engaged with mission critical
activities that are supported by Science. Eg. Connect water pumps fitted
with heaters: heat melts subterranean ice, water flow begins... You have
water, you have hydrogen and oxygen for fuel and breathing.

Of course, pupils could present narratives orally...

I'll let you have a look at the second paper.

Kind Regards,
Hugh O'Donnell

http://bluetanso.WordPress.com
Twitter: @bluetanso
On 11 Jan 2016 4:50 pm, "Huw Lloyd" <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com> wrote:

> Nice to hear back from you, Hugh.
>
> My quick impression to your response for me is: it is necessary to have
> something worth writing about to warrant the effort of writing it well.
>
> So your second paper discusses the same content from a different
> perspective, is that right?  That might be interesting to look through.
>
> Best,
> Huw
>
>
>
>
> On 11 January 2016 at 16:27, Hugh O'Donnell <bluetanso@googlemail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi, Huw!
> >
> > (I like your 'Shug' reference - you are obviously aware of our Scots
> > monikers)
> >
> > Yes, I am new to this - the article comes after long months of reducing a
> > Masters Degree Dissertation...
> >
> > No need to tell you, that I have learnt so much about academic
> writing/the
> > academic a community.
> >
> > This is the first of two papers: the other - out for review at the
> moment -
> > looks more at the Cultural Historical Activity Theory nature of the
> action
> > research project in light of game playing and language use.  The one I
> > distributed throws up some areas of further exploration as a result of
> what
> > was for my pupils a nice way to attempt to use narrative to acquire
> Science
> > learning.
> >
> > My main theme is how to use narrative successfully to increase Science
> and
> > Literacy attainment through digital game based collaboration.
> >
> > I'm also interested in the collocations of words as a way to examine
> social
> > engagement using a digital game and writing about the simulated
> experience
> > - is use of We/I linked to attainment success? Can specific game playing
> > episodes  correlate with science content knowledge is effectively
> deployed?
> >
> > CHAT is interesting in relation to my ongoing study of game playing and
> > learning. Obviously the pupils' collaborations and tool use are important
> > to the systems of activity, but I want to *learn* how I can achieve
> better
> > integration of Science and Literacy through group collaboration...
> >
> > If the English Teacher (me) and the Science Teacher (a-n-other) could
> have
> > pupils write creative writing pieces that contained the necessary
> elements
> > to satisfy both disciplines... Well, that is the Holy Grail, as they say.
> >
> > Thanks for getting in touch!
> > H
> >
> > Kind Regards,
> > Hugh O'Donnell
> >
> > http://bluetanso.WordPress.com
> > Twitter: @bluetanso
> > On 9 Jan 2016 20:21, "Huw Lloyd" <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear Hugh (or should that be Shug?)
> > >
> > > You might get more responses on this list if you anticipate the kinds
> of
> > > exchanges you are hoping for, by drawing our attention to some aspects
> of
> > > your paper you find interesting, problematic etc.
> > >
> > > For instance, in reading your abstract it appears to me that you have
> > > traversed an area of classroom activity that is realising a qualitative
> > > gain, but in the abstract you don't mention any theoretical basis for
> > > this.  For example, I would be interested in looking for a qualitative
> > > difference in the nature of the engagement or orientation to activity
> > (i.e.
> > > the behaviour itself), which happens to be a significant interest of
> > mine.
> > >
> > > I think you can draw us in, yes?
> > >
> > > Best,
> > > Huw
> > >
> > >
> > > On 5 January 2016 at 07:20, Hugh O'Donnell <bluetanso@googlemail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Greetings,
> > > >
> > > > Please allow me to direct you to a new article on game-based
> learning:
> > > >
> > > > http://press-start.gla.ac.uk/index.php/press-start/article/view/19
> > > >
> > > > I would appreciate any comments on this Secondary School action
> > research.
> > > >
> > > > Kind Regards,
> > > > Hugh O'Donnell
> > > >
> > > > http://bluetanso.WordPress.com
> > > > Twitter: @bluetanso
> > > >
> > >
> >
>