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Jane McGonigal – some skills that educators should nurture!

Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 12.09.30We mentioned Jane McGonigal today in class. I think that her book ‘Reality is Broken’ is a must-read for everyone – and not just those who are interested in games. It gives a whole new perspective on the way we are doing education and the way that education ‘happens’ – echoing what Prof Sugata Mitra also referred to in his talk.

I also suggest you take some time to listen to, more so because we really need  to tap on into what really motivates and drives people in this world and try to apply it to our teaching. I am not saying that we have to simply transform our teaching and play games all the time, and I am not even saying that playing games is the panacea to everything. What I would like to say is that there are factors that we really have to reflect upon for the enrichment of our education – not the education system but the education of the individual – at whatever age, level or stage in life he or she is. Jane McGonigal mentions a number of factors which we can exploit in our classrooms. Can you pick out one and reflect on it?

Jane McGonigal Talk

Education is the key – but somehow we’re misinterpreting education with following the syllabus word by word.

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2 comments on “Jane McGonigal – some skills that educators should nurture!

  1. sarahbuttigieg12
    November 5, 2013

    In her talk Jane pointed out some important attitudes about gamers which I feel teachers should encourage their students to have! Whenever we face a problem while playing, at first we are afraid but instead of giving up, we dedicate time do some intense concentration and deep focus on tackling the difficult issue. The best version of ourselves comes out as we re-try things whenever we fail. By spending more time playing games we are becoming more collaborative and resilient. Gamers are motivated and so should be our students! She mentions fours important things but what caught my interest most was virtual optimism. This means having strong hopes that you will succeed, by continuing to work hard and re-trying until you eventually reach your goals. As Jane said they believe in the epic win! This is the attitude that our students should adapt! When they face difficulties in certain subjects, even in life in general, they should not give up and be satisfied with the least they can do! They should work hard to succeed and eventually reach their highest potential level. It is not about technology or the education system but more about the individual`s willingness and determination.

  2. mariamicallef
    November 15, 2013

    Gaming is a really big part of today’s culture and, as Jane McGonigal said, people acquire skills from playing video games. She mentioned blissful productivity which is really interesting. People are happier to work hard in a virtual world rather than hanging out or relaxing. This may seem contradictory; however, it really is the truth. In my opinion, we should analyse this fact, get to know why this is so. Maybe because video games are interesting enough to the players that it ignites the curiosity in them. Or, maybe it’s because video games provide them with a more magnificent experience than real-life. Whatever it is then we should use it to our advantage, even in education. If teachers give the right work to the students then they’ll do it, no matter what that is. Although this means that the material has to be at the level of the students, not easier or too much difficult but just a step away from their current knowledge, as it is in video games. Furthermore, and most importantly, it has to be interesting and provide them with a magnificent experience just like as if they are playing a game. If we truly achieve this then we get “blissful productivity”.

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