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Five Brilliant Game-Based Learning TED Talks

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

TED Talks, like a memorable course or lesson, have the power to motivate, engage, and inspire viewers. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite game-based learning and gamification-related lectures from experts in the games, education, and neuroscience realms. If you’re reading the Filament Games blog, you’re likely already aware of the power of digital games as tools for learning. Nevertheless, new developments in the field occur at a rapid pace – check out these talks, and let us know if you discover something new!

The Effective Use of Game-Based Learning in Education | Andre Thomas

Why do many students struggle to memorize the periodic table of elements, yet effortlessly recall more complicated data sets like Pokémon dual-type charts? Friend of Filament and Triseum CEO discusses how game-based learning can lead to improved engagement and learning outcomes among students.

Your brain on video games | Daphne Bavelier

Professor and cognitive neuroscience researcher Dr. Daphne Bavelier discusses how digital games – even commercial action games like first-person shooters – can help improve concentration, multitasking abilities, end even eyesight among players.

Gaming can make a better world | Jane McGonigal

Game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. has proven that online games help foster motivation and optimism among players – and she believes that the power of video game play, if harnessed correctly, can help solve world problems like hunger, climate change, obesity, and more.

Blowing up the gradebook – using video games for learning | Chris Haskell

Dr. Chris Haskell graduated high school with a 1.61 GPA, then turned around and earned his Ph.D. in education. His mission? Helping students discover their natural love for learning through gamified objectives and mechanisms designed to evoke critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration – key components of 21st century learning.

Unboxing education through gaming, playing, and making | Lucien Vattel

Education and game development expert Lucien Vattel dreams of transforming the traditional idea of “school” into an interactive, digital ecosystem where students can immerse themselves in concepts like STEM through hands-on game-based learning activities. Find out exactly how he plans on accomplishing this by watching the full talk!

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