Games and Kinesthetic-based activities (muscle memory) can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.
Transmedia is one way to incorporate games and activities in a structured way. A successful example of this is teaching vocabulary using ‘The Electric Company’ program.
Games can also be used as a tool to teach writing and story development. While, there seems to be a debate between narratology and ludology, I believe that you can’t separate them, and that you need rules in order to learn narrative.
I believe the best way to apply this to the classroom (and as a way to bridge these two concepts) is through the use of ‘quests’. Quests are a form of narrative and gameplay where the player’s actions affect the outcome of a story. Quests have inbuilt rules (e.g. ‘you have three lives’), motivation (e.g. ‘save the princess’), and consequences (e.g. ‘game over’).
A quest-based game can be a motivating tool for teaching early years literacy. An example is my 80 Days Project.
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