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Playing to Learn: Experiences in Virtual Biology Environments $69.00
Authors: Johnnie Wycliffe and Frank Muwanga-Zake (University of New England, Australia) 
Book Description:
Play is human nature, which we remember and return to because of the excitement involved. Hence, play is in most cultures used in learning common rules and in achieving social harmony among children as well as adults. Additionally, practical subjects such as science include playful interaction with objects. This book outlines theoretical frameworks that apply in playing to learn and characteristics of games that are important in encouraging learning. Regrettably however, abstract and boring systems, as well as watching television, replace such enjoyment in learning. Fortunately, robust virtual environments and realities ease the rigour in designing and in executing educational play. It has to be noted that virtual environments are now designed for television sets, mobile telephones and computers. Therefore, the book 'Information and Communications Technology' (ICT) includes all of such technologies, although the cases reported here are specifically computer games.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction

2. The conceptual framework of play

3. Playing to Learn

4. Motivating learning through play

5. Self-regulated learning

6. Opportunities to Solve Some Challenges in Science Education through Playing in Virtual Environments

7. Playing Science Games

8. Implementing a Game into a School Curriculum

9. Considerations in Designing Educational Games in Virtual Spaces

10. Virtual realities or practical work?

11. Evaluating a Game for Learning

12. Studentsí evaluation of Zadarh

13. Conclusion

Index

   Series:
      Progress in Education
   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2010, 2nd quarter
   Pages: 6 x 9
   ISBN: 978-1-61324-306-0
   Status: AV
  
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