Using the game Spore to motivate learners KS3

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About. A course based around the action research cycle, looking at the use of the game Spore in education.

Pedagogical content. On this secondary course, teachers will look at how games(tool) can be motivational and see particular examples of where the game Spore has been used to motivate learners. The course builds on Futurelab’s ICT(i) research into the use of games. It will support teachers in developing their professional understanding and their practical teaching, and improving learners’ outcomes. (edit)

Resource details
Title Using the game Spore to motivate learners KS3
Topic Games
Learning Objectives

Professional and reflective practitioner skills
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
* identify opportunities for the effective use of games linked to their curriculum plans,
* reflect on, and discuss, the impact of the use of games to support learning and motivate learners,
* share their learning with others in your field.
Practical skills
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
* use the Spore Creature Creator to create games objects,
* use the Spore resources to animate objects.
Knowledge and understanding
At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
* those features that make games effective for learning,
* a range of uses of games to support the KS3 curriculum across a range of subjects,
* the issues involved in using games in KS3.
Cognitive skills
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
* critically review the use of games to support teaching and learning in KS3,
* critically review the use of games to motivate learners in KS3,
* share these reviews with others, constructively critiquing others’ views.

Format / structure

Planning Sheet (Word), Tutorials videos and list of questions to reflect on each activity.

Subject
Age of students / grade


Useful information

The course has been produced by Futurelab in conjunction with Vital.

Related ORBIT Wiki Resources
Files and resources to view and download

http://www.vital.ac.uk/community/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=17894&direct=1. Users must register with the VITAL website (free registration) before they can access the resource.