One of our readers has pointed me in the direction of a great website: informED! It is full of fantastic features about education and learning and is well worth a look. I have picked out a couple of their posts that are of particular interest to me below, but there are loads more.
‘15 Ways to Engage Students and Prevent Online Drop-outs’ by Miriam Clifford. This post offers tips to engage students and prevent drop-outs including: plan interactive exercises, [use] different types of technologies and develop a ‘collaborative code of conduct’. It is easy to see then, how games based learning could help, in these ways, to increase engagement and reduce drop-out rates.
‘Educational Psychology: 20 things Educators need to know about how Students Learn’ by Andrianes Pinantoan. This feature relates to my recent blog post, ‘Games Based Learning Supports Multiple Learning Styles’. It explains that there are seven learning styles:
- Visual: Using sight
- Auditory: Using songs or rhythms
- Verbal: Speaking out loud the information
- Kinesthetic: Using touch and taste to explore the information
- Logical: A more mathematical approach to concepts
- Interpersonal: Learning in groups
- Intrapersonal: Learning alone
The article then gives comprehensive advice on how to use this knowledge to encourage successful learning. It also covers other tips such as using technology and creating space.
‘How to Ignite Passion in your Students: 8 Ways Educators can Foster Passion-based Learning’ by Miriam Clifford. This great post gives lots of ways to encourage passion and engagement from learners including: allow time for collaboration and allow time for play. Again, it is easy to see how games based learning can foster this passion-based learning when incorporated with the other strategies.
The site also talks about trends in the education industry. This is very interesting and gives some more insight into the future of education (adding to my blog post: ‘The Future of Learning Technologies’.
The site is definitely worth a look. I always appreciate hearing about these fantastic websites and new products, so please do let me know if you have found anything particularly inspiring. And as always please follow @paulladley on Twitter, games-ED on Pinterest and like games-ED’s Facebook and Google+ pages for blog updates and anything inspiring I find that I want to share with you.