Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Dustin Stiver (Sprout Fund), and Michelle Riconscente (GlassLab) discuss the best methods for motivating struggling students through games.
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At Zulama, we’re constantly coming across teachers and administrators who are looking for a way to reengage their students with their education and, at the same time, keep up with advancing technologies.
We encountered many of these inquisitive educators during our teacher training workshop at South Fayette Township School District’s Summer STEAM Institute on Monday.
These educators come to us overflowing with questions about how to bring their classroom into the 21st century and increase student interest. The answer we impart to these educators is simple: games.
To explain, we begin by asking what sorts of skills are required to play a game.
Logic, reason, problem solving, timing, organization, resource management, morality, organization, critical thinking…
Taking a look at this list out of context, and you come to realize that these are skills that apply to more than just gaming. Games not only give students skills to use in other areas of life, but develop skills that can ensure a student success in the classroom and the world outside.
That, and games are fun! An overwhelming majority of students want to learning about games, creating a prefect disguise for interest driven learning. In this way, games become modern a tool for cultivating the skills a student needs in order to succeed.
Overall, it was a great day filled with many quality conversations and connections. Our training event helped educators and administrators see how Zulama’s courses could positively impact their students and schools. We can’t wait for the next opportunity to show off our Entertainment Technology Programs!
Until next time,
Many Zulama courses study pop culture: Modern Storytelling examines Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Almost Famous, among other shows. Games Through the Ages examines cultures and the games they played throughout history, including in recent times. And so on. Does the study of pop culture have academic merit? What do you think? Do you teach pop culture? If so, let us know!