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Copy of Playing to Learn?

Children love to learn, but at some point they lose that and become adults that don't like formal learning. Let's explore why "play" has gotten such a bad rap and figure out how to get it back in education.
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Shrikant Sathe

on 7 January 2013

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User Persona How DO
children
learn? they
give
it a
try they push at boundaries We tend to LIKE something if we are able to "see" the patterns in it When this happens, we begin to 'play' in the patterns ...
to seek them out and
expect them. A simulation or a formal system where choices and rules are important allows you to practice patterns and permutations of patterns Basant likes to play with marbles and climb,
be it trees or walls.
Likes to play cricket and out door games very much. Knows about the basic operations of Addition, Subtraction, etc. Likes the subject maths and geography. - Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun Can the same be applied to under privileged school Drop Out kids? How can one teach kids basic addition in maths in an easy way? "the best instruction hovers at the boundary of a student's competence" - Andy diSessa, Cognitive Scientist -Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun Brick Game Pad complicated frustrating too much work Existing Games
in Indian Market serious business Not intuitive very pricey puzzling has to be taught Can any one decipher this? Have you ever wondered how? they
try
over
and
over
and
over http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/3039389897 they seek patterns GAME Arvind (11 yrs) Third Problem: Next Iterations: Upon introspection the objective was narrowed down to teaching kids maths or language to help them in their future especially underprivileged children. the act of
mentally
mastering
a problem fun addition & subtraction of integers simplifying like terms
3x+4+2x-7 multiplication and division of integers solving
one-step equations
x+3=6 finding points that
fit x+y=5 absolute value
e.g. |-8| graph an inequality on a number line The initial concepts had a broad approach as to how to solve the problem of seating and place of learning for the under privileged children. The Game PS: These games do not come at a fair price On linear learning paths,
students often get stuck
because of
one concept. Learning through experience enables one to remember information better and for a longer period of time. Admit it: As kids we struggle to learn maths but we easily learn games that involve numbers and calculations like snakes & ladders, card game, etc. I want to make learning Addition in Maths more Children
should think
learning
is fun what is a ? PLAY what is ? 3rd Semester
Project As adults, we perceive that
play is "light-hearted" and
non-serious and so children learn a remarkable amount even before
they enter
formalized education "entrancing absorption" play involves a relaxed pace
freedom to explore The brain is
ready to learn
by filling in blanks addition & subtraction of integers simplifying like terms
3x+4+2x-7 multiplication and division of integers solving
one-step equations
x+3=6 finding points that
fit x+y=5 absolute value
e.g. |-8| graph an inequality on a number line This is what we do in math
(and I suspect your discipline is similar) Shrikant Sathe Not only can I still play this one,
I can get to higher levels
than I was able to as a child. from the time
we are very young ... How can we then make them learn Maths? Lets Look at some games that already exist in the market... this is what
we could
(theoretically)
do in math Side-Jems • The Role of Experience in Learning: Giving Meaning and Authenticity to the Learning Process in Schools Guide: Dr. Jyoti Kumar 2 0 1 1 J D S 6 0 1 7 Also making the learning experience fun, easy to grasp and entertaining... Fun Dr. Ronald E. Hansen Journal of Technology Education
Spring 2000 Where do I start?

What should I make?

Who will be my user?

Who shall be the buyer? But as I now understand

It has something to do with the aspects of
Fun & Play

Aspects that make a Game interesting... Me neither... The Game Theory - Thomas S. Ferguson Book : Remember this folks? Basic Addition in Maths through Flash Card Games # The objective Without using a book or Chalk Board (Age group : 9 to 11yrs) Understanding how children learn... Board Games Card Games where is the fun Lets get to know our
users now...

Currently assisting his father with work in a godown. Mother is in their native village. Likes football. Studies do not interest him. Knows basic counting upto 70 in Hindi & English but cannot identify Numbers or Alphabets. From: M.P. Jabalpur

Dropped Out Last Year User Persona Basant (11 yrs) From: Haryana

Goes to govt. school Anju (10 yrs) From : Uttam Nagar, Delhi

School Drop Out

Studies at Protsahan Pravin (11 yrs) Studing in govt. school

From: Rohtak Preeti (11 yrs) School Drop Out

Studies at Protsahan

From : Uttam Nagar Gaurav (12 yrs) Studies in govt. school

From : Rothak Initial Iterations Concept Generation Finalized Concepts The Game
Catch - 15 User Testing... User Testing... Thank You – Ronald E. Hansen • The Psychology of Learning and Motivation - Alan S. Brown and Elizabeth J. Marsh References: Hope you had Catch - 15 Side - Jems Education Module for School Drop Out Kids
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