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two three cool ideas for games I might use with my students this semester. I teach the last 1/3 of a module on creativity, and my part involves students creating their own educational games. Last semester (my first time teaching it) I did this by playing games with them, then helping them reflect before they created their own games.
Liquefy our Syllabus
The first game idea is inspired by Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s post on the liquid syllabus (read it, it’s v cool). I thought it might be cool to have students engage the traditional syllabus and create a multimedia engaging version with their own testimonials added AND to make some changes to the syllabus. My syllabus is always negotiable and I change things according to student needs and all sorts of other contextual factors throughout the semester, but students (usually my students are in-service teachers, but this semester they’re undergrads) never actually go into the google doc and put comments or make edits. Doing this assignment would be a chance for them to:
A. Look closely at the syllabus, useful to later help them think of what an “educational” game would be like
B. help them think of creative ways to pass on a message, almost like an infomercial
C. A chance to play with new tools; maybe later they design
D. A chance to experiment with having a voice in their own education
The only question is: will I let them play with the whole course syllabus or just my module?
Also: can I make it more of a game, so that the best syllabus design gets to be used as advertising for the course in future? Or that the best suggestions for modifying the syllabus get changed this semester e.g. Modification of assignments?
This one’s just an ice breaker. I noticed my last post was full of “c” words, and kept adding more. I thought it would be a cool ice breaker to have students describe something or other (the course, the game they’re designing, the university, anything, we can choose as a group) using alliteration. In pairs or groups they can pick the letter and work together on it. The idea of playing with poetry and words and making it into a game comes generally from #clmooc & #tvsz where we collaboratively wrote stories and poetry. It’s possible also that the spontaneous collaborative poem idea played y/day w/ Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris has something to do with this, indirectly.
Song story game
This is one I have been doing as a kid and would love to try playing in a group. Where people collaboratively tell a story using only lyrics from songs, or song titles. I used to actually take an entire album and make all the songs fit into the storyline. The way the Mamma Mia movie did this was awesome. Wonder if my students can do something similar? Hmmm go beyond the storytelling and actually clip parts of songs together into story… A story-medley type of thing…
More ideas as they come to me…