Using the Game 2 Learn program

To ensure Game2Learn is a successful teaching and learning experience, it is important to see the learner’s school experience as integral to their creative space. Gail Dyer from Belmore South Public School says that "Our students are risk-takers who learn through action and as teachers we need to aspire to a philosophy of fluidity" – the ability to adapt quickly to new ways of teaching and learning.

Do the following:

  • Download the Game2Learn lesson planning document:
  • Don’t implement Game2Learn as a ‘fill-in’ activity, see it more as an entry into critical and visual literacy.
  • Make critical literacy the focus of writing and narrative i.e. what you would be doing in the classroom with the kids anyway.
  • Plan for teacher professional development in term 1 to become familiar with Game Maker or other game design software.
  • Try running the Game2Learn program in term 2, 3 and/or 4 once the students are settled into their classes – make it 2-4 hrs/wk over at least one term but preferably two.
  • Allow both teacher and student perspectives to come through.
  • Link the activities to the curriculum as authentic assessment.
  • Use story, character, time management, organisational skills and problem-solving. As a result of implementing the Game2Learn program at Belmore and Homebush Public Schools, the students began to break their work down in to manageable chunks and they transferred to other work.
  • Game concepts such as the Action Event cycle can transfer well beyond the Game2Learn program with students beginning to see consequences and impact of their own actions. It brings the control and power back to the learner to create, construct and transfer knowledge.

Build your skills:

Start by developing your own skills in using game design software. We have used game Maker for Game2Learn as it provides a simple and intuitive entry into game design for non-programmers. Go to YoYo Games and download Game Maker. Once you have installed the software (you will need administration access to your computer to do this) then go through each of the tutorials we have provided for you in the tutorial section Learn Game Maker. You can use these same tutorials when you begin working with your students.

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