New Game (2)

Marco Calignano marco.calignano at
Sat May 26 19:01:53 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,

I talked with the educators at the kindergarten and we have a 
"prospective switch" of the game flow.
I will try to compare the new model to the Pairs model of game.

In pairs the players are just one against the other and if one cannot 
find the match has to guess.
At the end this is competitive paradigm.

What we discussed is a collaborative paradigm.
Researches shows that kids learn more, and more effective in groups 
where they can collaborate with other children even of different age.
On the other end, experience tells that shy children tend to wait if 
someone else solve the problem for the group before they intervene,
and sometime even if they could contribute they still do not do so.

The Idea is to create a game that is played in group, but each component 
of the group get his/her turn in interacting with the game and he/she is 
let's say
the "group  ambassador" for the current turn.
Of course the educator has to be present and direct the game:
in fact the ambassador has to try to give the answer and only if really 
do not know it, he/she can ask his/hers teammates for the answer.

In this way both objective could be achieved: group collaboration and 
participation of all members.

I will really like to know what do you think about this.


On 05/23/2012 12:33 AM, Marco Calignano wrote:
> Sure is could also be a Summer of KDE project but then I need more 
> people :)
> Cheers
> Marco
> On 05/23/2012 12:25 AM, Aleix Pol wrote:
>> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 10:52 PM, Marco Calignano
>> <marco.calignano at>  wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> last time I wrote an email with this subject, Pairs happened, I hope 
>>> this
>>> time works as well :)
>>> Working on Pairs with the kindergarten teacher I had new ideas. What 
>>> I could
>>> integrate in Pairs I did, in fact
>>> from just a "memory" game it became a multigame for memory, logic, 
>>> sound and
>>> words.
>>> Now that Pairs is on his way to release, i'd like to open a 
>>> discussion on
>>> Ideas I couldn't integrate and
>>> I ask if we could develop another game with these Ideas.
>>> The suggested game is also aimed for preschool kids.
>>> It is basically a coloring game. The Kid is presented with more 
>>> black and
>>> white pictures, he can choose colors and paint the objects.
>>> The educational part of it is this:
>>> let assume that on the screen there are all kind of geometrical 
>>> figures, and
>>> the kid is requested to color only the circle,
>>> or even better the circle red, the rectangle blue and the triangle 
>>> yellow.
>>> The same would be with a big selection of objects where the kid has to
>>> choose  only the ones someone can eat
>>> Another game would be to show a set of object all the same shape but 
>>> with
>>> different sizes, and the kid has to pick
>>> different color for the biggest and the smallest.
>>> And so on.
>>> What do you think?
>>> Cheers
>>> Marco
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>> Hi
>> Considering that the idea is coming from an actual teacher, I don't
>> really have much of an opinion. I'd suggest you to follow their needs
>> in form of a fast proof of concept, then we can discuss what to do
>> with the project(s).
>> Maybe it's a good opportunity for the Summer of KDE people who don't
>> have a project yet?
>> Aleix
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