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Resource Roundup: For the Love of Game-based Learning

Here on the Filament Games blog, we aim to bring you the latest and greatest insights on educational gaming, and how it can transform education. This February, we reflected on all of the reasons why we love game-based learning and why we love what we do!

If you love game-based learning too, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We keep our followers up to date with our recent projects, our impact, and the impact of game-based learning all over the world! This page contains a roundup of helpful articles, so consider bookmarking it if you want to easily find it later. 

5 Reasons You Should Work with Filament Games 

The title of this blog is pretty self-explanatory! Here, we’ve highlighted five key benefits of partnering with our award-winning educational game studio. With 18 years of experience, we have a deep understanding of how games can engage and educate learners. We also follow research and evidence to ensure that our games are fun, engaging, and effective at producing real, observable learning outcomes.

It also doesn’t hurt that our team is constantly exploring new technologies and design approaches to push the boundaries of what is possible in educational games. What can we say, we like to live on the cutting edge! 

We understand that the most successful games put the player at the center of the experience. Therefore, we design our games with the player’s motivations in mind. We also value the input of our clients and work closely with them to create games/projects that meet their specific needs, goals, and messaging. Read the full blog for more details on why working with us is well worth it

Research Roundup: The Positive Impacts of Game-based Learning

In this blog, we curated recent studies on game-based learning that span different settings, occupations, age groups, and locations. For example, during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that mobile game-based learning increased student engagement and academic outcomes. The effectiveness of game-based learning has also been studied in terms of reducing preoperative anxiety in children undergoing surgery, and improving the memory and cognitive function of older adults with memory disorders. Another study showed that educational games can help students develop vocabulary skills and reduce foreign-language anxiety. And finally, yet another study showed that a board game called Dignity increased knowledge of pre-and post-natal care in 215 nurses and midwives. 

The bottom line is, game-based learning is very versatile and can be used to boost the skills of people of nearly all ages and occupations! This recent research proves that game-based learning has a positive effect on learning and personal development – check out the full post for all of the details. 

Filament Games Podcast | Season 4 Episode 5: Educational Experiences in Roblox with Colin Skinner

This month, we released a brand new episode of the Filament Games Podcast! This episode features a conversation with Colin Skinner, the lead game designer of our ongoing project with Roblox and FIRST called RoboCo Sports League. Colin shares his experience working on RoboCo Sports League and its specific features that will meet or challenge the expectations of frequent Roblox users. He also highlights the values of cooperation and teamwork that can be found in the game, which is made specifically to align with the FIRST value of coopertition®. The Filament Games Podcast is available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Tune in today!

5 More Reasons Why We Love Game-based Learning

What’s versatile, effective, and intrinsically motivating all over? Game-based learning! In this blog, we list even more reasons why we love game-based learning. If you missed our first set of reasons, go check it out and spread the love

Where do we start? Educational games have a unique versatility and ability to engage learners. They can be used in K-12 classrooms, universities, hospitals, workplaces, homes, and more. Games can be used to focus on and hone skills in a single subject such as math, English, or history, but the benefits don’t end there. Many learning games also give their players opportunities to gain social-emotional and future-facing skills

Game-based learning has been around for a long time, with a rich history that goes back centuries. It’s an active way of learning that allows students to learn at their own pace, try, fail, and learn by doing. Be sure to check out the whole article for more! 

Constructivism, Constructionism, and Video Games

In this post, we explore the relationship between video games, constructivism, and constructionism, and how these theories can combine to lead to better learning outcomes. If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry! To briefly summarize, constructivism is an educational approach that emphasizes the importance of students’ own experiences and interactions with the world, while constructionism builds off constructivist theory and suggests that students should use what they already know to acquire more knowledge. 

Educational video games are a natural pairing with constructivism as they are active experiences (as we noted in our 5 More Reasons Why We Love Game-based Learning blog above!). In educational video games, constructivism and constructionism can be leveraged to help make difficult or in-depth concepts more accessible and engaging for students.

Feeling the game-based learning love and looking to create your own game for impact? We’re the educational game developers for you – contact us today!

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