I'm assigning all of you homework. Since all the materials on Hey Listen Games are free, you can consider this your payment, unless you've actually donated to the site :)
I want teachers to use this forum to discuss game based learning. I want you to create a new post here if . . .
You taught with one of the lessons on this site. Explain how the lesson went in your class.
You taught with a video game that is not on Hey Listen Games. Detail the game and the lesson you made.
You taught with any game, not necessarily a video game. What was the lesson about?
You have an idea for a lesson/unit for a game and want to discuss it with other teachers.
There are not many places where teachers can discuss game based learning with other professionals, so I hope this forum will be useful for anyone interested in teaching with video games.
I've been subbing in a junior high/high school for the past couple of months and was tasked with having to teach a class about growth mindset to a group of ESL learners. I brought my Switch with me and decided to introduce the students to Celeste. I talked about how sometimes it can be difficult for us to overcome challenges and the students shared stories of when they overcame obstacles in their lives. I then showed them the game and let them take turns playing for a while. One student took a good 5 minutes trying to figure out one screen of the first stage, then accidentally reset the level and proceeded to fly through the section he had just struggled through. We then talked about how it took him 5 minutes initially to figure out how to get through that part, but with his practice and knowledge, he could now do it with ease. We talked about how this could be applied to school and to other aspects of our lives. It was a great class and we all had a blast!
I look forward to exploring more of what this site has to offer, thank you!
I am a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I am currently teaching Customer Service (a vocational course). I had considered bringing in my Nintendo switch to have my students play Overcooked during the "teamwork/leadership" lesson for when I teach employability skills. 4 players at a time can work together to create the customers' orders before time is up. However, that is without the COVID considerations and I am teaching hybrid classes (some virtual, some on-campus) so that wouldn't really work.
Are there any other free to play (not requiring download) online games that my students could play together to practice teamwork/leadership skills?