New Game (2)

Marco Calignano marco.calignano at
Mon May 28 10:08:52 UTC 2012

On 05/28/2012 11:49 AM, todd rme wrote:
> On Sat, May 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM, Marco Calignano
> <marco.calignano at>  wrote:>  On 05/23/2012 12:33 AM, Marco
> Calignano wrote:
>>> 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
>>>> 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
>>> Sure is could also be a Summer of KDE project but then I need more people
>>> :)
>>> Cheers
>>> Marco
>> 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.
>> Cheers
>> Marco
> It is an interesting idea, but what sort of game are you thinking of
> implementing based on this paradigm?
Exactly the coloring game. That was what I talked about with the 
educators. If the paradigm works we could also extend it to games 
already present in kde-edu

> As for your coloring game, don't forget "paint by numbers" and
> "connect the dots".
Thanks for the tips. I'll keep these in mind for the planning

> -Todd
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