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Teaching Science thru Gamification:



Preface

Gamification falls within Game-Based Learning (GBL) as a form of teaching that can reach multiple types of learners, including visual and strategic. GBL is often cited in the literature as computer-based, digital, as or similar to video games; however, educational games are more often considered to be either computer-based or non-computer-based, such as board or card games. The concept of gamification varies. The predominant definition of gamification is applying the mechanics of games such as points and rewards and levels to activities that have nothing to do with playing a game. The broader definition of gamification is turning a non-game into a game or creating a game for an activity.

As Louisiana’s educational standards change, teachers need materials for STEM and STEAM education in the different methods in which students learn. Game-Based Learning, educational games, and gamification all focus on teaching towards multiple learning methods and often incorporate art within the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math. This manual and its related website will promote the existing ‘game’ resources available from the National Library of Medicine, promoting incorporation of gamification/game-based learning as a teaching method for science, technology, art, engineering, and math within elementary and secondary schools.

Learn More About Gamification

Organizations:

American Library Association. Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT).

The Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association provides a venue for librarians interested in the use of games and gaming in libraries of all types. GameRT was formed in 2011, replacing and extending the pre-existing Gaming Member Interest Group. As a round table, GameRT is built around a shared passion for games and the use of gaming within libraries. With members from all types of libraries, GameRT encompasses a wide variety of viewpoints, situations, and user types. For more information about GameRT, you can join us on ALA Connect (even if you aren't an ALA member). ALA Connect is a centralized space where ALA groups can work online. Each group in ALA Connect has discussions, online documents (like wiki pages), a file repository, polls, a calendar, a chat room, and an image gallery (think logos, pictures, etc.). To find out more about ALA Connect and how to create an account as a non-member or a member of ALA, go to http://connect.ala.org/about.

Some Select Articles:

Bruder, Patricia. Game On: Gamification in the Classroom. Education Digest. 2015 Mar;80(1):56-60.

Frederick, Kathy. Play Along: Gaming in Education. School Library Monthly. 2014 Nov; 31(2):24-6.

Kingsley, Tara L.; Grabner-Hagen, Melissa M. Gamification: Questing to Integrate Content Knowledge, Literacy, and 21st-Century Learning. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 2015 Jul-Aug;59(1):51-61.

Trinter, Christine P.; Brighton, Catherine M.; Moon, Tonya R. Designing Differentiated Mathematics Games: "Discarding" the One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Educational Game Play. Gifted Child Today. 2015 Apr;38(2):88-94.

Elementary School

Environmental Science

Climate Kids – National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

Kids Environment Kids Health Games Page – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Matching Fun Facts Game – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Welcome to Recycle City – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Life Science

Disaster Master

To Tell the Tooth (For K-3)

This would also be good for 3-5 grade band.

Middle School

Health

Disaster Master

Pest Private Eye – University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

General Science

Pest Private Eye – University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Disaster Master

Enviromysteries – Maggie’s Story – Thinkport

Food Detectives: Fight BAC

Food Safety Mobile Game

Lung Attack – Pima County, Department of Environmental Quality

ToxMystery (Also available in Spanish)

High School

Anatomy and Physiology

Disease Detective – Public Broadcasting ServicesFor 11th grade

Electrocardiogram Game

Immune System Defender

National Institutes of Health Lobe-oratorium

National Institutes of Health Lobe-oratorium

Biology

Dog Breeding

Gene Expression: The Basics

Gene Machine - The Lac Operon

Lung Attack – Pima County, Department of Environmental Quality

Microscope Imaging Station – Activities

Optical Tweezers and ApplicationsMicroscope Imaging Station – Activities

Stretching DNAOptical Tweezers and ApplicationsMicroscope Imaging Station – Activities

Test Your Science IQ!: Cells

Test Your Science IQ!: Proteins

Biology and Anatomy

Are You My Blood Type? (Blood Type Game) For 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Blood Typing Game For 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Chemistry

Molecular Motors

Health Class

2016 National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge

Test Your Knowledge

Bookmarks

Elementary School Environmental Science

Elementary School Life Science

Middle School General Science

Middle School Health

High School Anatomy & Physiology

High School Biology & Anatomy

High School Biology (Side One)

High School Biology (Side Two)

High School Chemistry

High School Health

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