[kde-edu]: paper on making 'educational games educational'

Celeste Lyn Paul celeste at kde.org
Wed Jan 18 19:45:14 CET 2006

You guys may be interested in this paper, PDF is attached but I ask that
you dont post it on the web or forward it outside the kde-edu realm since
its copyrighted (I have an ACM Digital Library account..)

Shalom M. Fisch, "Making educational computer games 'educational'".
Proceeding of the 2005 conference on Interaction design and children, 2005


Educational computer games provide an appealing context for engaging
children in activities that deliver substantive educational content and
customized feedback. However, creators of such games can only take full
advantage of the power of the medium if the educational content is
integrated effectively into the structure of the game. Drawing upon
experiences in the creation of numerous real-life games and applications,
this paper describes some of the considerations that must be taken into
account in creating effective interactive games. These include: matching
particular educational topics or concepts to their most appropriate media;
placing educational content at the heart of game play so that children
engage in the targeted real-world behavior or thinking as they play the
game; and building feedback and hint structures in ways that support and
scaffold children into challenging content.

Celeste Lyn Paul
KDE Usability Project
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