Board in the Library: Exploring the Intersection of Games & Libaries

pandemicOriginal Site:  https://boardinthelibrary.com/

The Board in the Library blog was spawned after I (John Pappas) was invited to write a series of posts on board gaming and libraries for Webjunction. That series served as an introduction to modern board games and how they can have a productive presence in the library space.  Feel free to catch up on the fun and read Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | and Part Six.

While those posts presented a foundation for understanding modern board games and gaming in the library, the posts here will focus on reviews, session reports of board gaming events, lists, and assorted ephemera from a variety of gaming librarians. Ideally this blog will serve to be enlightening, strange, diverse and exciting for anyone interested in this particular area of geekiness.

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Level Up your LMC with Game-based Learning

By Kat Shanahan
Re-posted from Filament Games: Real games. Real learning

We’ve shared classroom spotlights, efficacy studies, and testimonials that have demonstrated the benefits of using games in the classroom. But game-based learning can happen anywhere! We hear all the time that makerspaces and library media centers are also great places to try game-based learning. As an LMC Specialist, you might be in charge of some of the only devices or computers in the building, so it makes sense to provide an engaging learning environment with these tools. By using games in your LMC, you’re allowing students to experience gameplay in their own way, creating personalized, immersive learning experiences. Here are four reasons to level up your LMC with game-based learning.

Personalized Learning
Digital learning games allow students to explore content at their own pace. In library media centers, students are able to explore game levels, experiment in different environments, and build their creative problem solving skills free from distractions or time constraints. They’re free to try, fail, and iterate at their own pace – creating a truly personalized learning experience while building 21st Century Skills.

Immersive Experiences
What better place to help students understand complex concepts than an LMC? Surrounded by additional learning resources, students can fully immerse themselves in the content being presented through the game. If at any point they get stuck or want to learn more about specific topics, they’re surrounded by books, magazines, and other types of technology that can help them expand their understanding.

Engaging Resources
We’re not of the mindset that kids need to be “tricked” into learning, just as an LMC Specialist doesn’t want to trick students into a good book — learning should be enjoyable no matter the tool! We want a student’s game-based learning experience to be as engaging and rewarding as traditional video games. The added benefit of educational games is that students are exposed to experiences that are designed with specific learning outcomes in mind. Well-designed learning games go a step farther than traditional entertainment games and teach children skills and concepts that will impact their lives after the game is turned off. Well-designed learning games are engaging enough to keep students’ attention while unleashing their learning potential.

Equal Access
Library media centers are unique in that they provide equal access for every student in your school. Using game-based learning in your media center provides high-quality digital learning resources to students who may not have teachers who use game-based learning in their classroom, or personally own theses devices at home. Game-based learning has been shown to increase learning and engagement in students that may be struggling with traditional classroom teaching methods – your LMC is a great place to show support for those struggling students.

Have you already leveled up your LMC? Let us know how you’re using games-based learning in the comments below!

Link to examples of GBL and this site HERE

 

International Games Week: Oct 29-Nov 4

Reposted from games.alo.org
International Games Day is now International Games Week. This change allows expansion into school programs and more flexibility in scheduling. This year’s event will take place from October 29th through November 4th. Libraries can choose to host one event or several. We are still gathering sponsors and preparing promotional materials. Watch for registration to open in early June.

SEE ALSO: ALA Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT)

Why are learning games not in the cards?

By Christoper B. Allen
7-13-15

Re-posted from Games & Learning

It may be a digital download world for many, but more and more 21st-century gamers are breaking out decks of cards to play hybrid digital card games.

With roughly 30 million registered users in its first year of release, Blizzard Entertainment’s Collectible Card Game (CCG) Hearthstone has attracted more than twice as many players its aesthetic forbearer and longstanding revenue juggernaut World of Warcraft, which at its 2010 peak boasted about 12 million users.

Turns out people really love colorful cards with goblins, demons and gnomes and spells, and smashing them into each other on a beautifully animated, interactive digital game board online for free.

Click HERE for remainder of article from Games and Learning

Best Board Games of 2015

From Board in the Library

The board game hobby and industry is booming. Distribution into big box ret

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ail stores like Barnes & Noble and Target is commonplace.

Numerous games are coming out each during the year. It is nearly impossible to play, review, and then recommend which ones would be best for the library space (let alone attempt to determine which are appropriate to *your* library space and

the community which utilizes it). That said, there are dozens games worth discussing and recommending

with the best method to determine which games to include is to play as many as you can; explore what is out there; and listen to what your community is looking for.

These games are not the best games to start with. These are meant supplement an already existing board game collection. If you are looking for a good starter collection for your library, check out my previous six articles “Board in the Library.” My personal starter collection for the Bucks County Library System consisted of Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Pandemic, Catan, and Forbidden Island at each branch with an additional strategy and children’s game. So we have a large selection of popular family games plus a few additional ones in the system for adults and experienced gamers (Dead of Winter, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, and Dark Stories).

Supplementing a few of the best games of 2015 will keep your collection relevant for the experienced. It will provide space for the emerging to grow their habit into more complex and engrossing games. It also provides an enriching social experience for patrons who may not have the resources to purchase games (which can be prohibitively pricey).

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Why You Should Care About Gaming in Libraries

techsoupforlibrariesFrom TechSoup for Libraries

Board and card games have a long history in libraries. Most librarians have no problem with a quiet game of chess or gin rummy, and many libraries make these and similar games available for checkout. Video games, on the other hand, haven’t always had the best reputation, so libraries have tended to steer clear of them until recently. The idea that video games cause violent behavior has been strongly disputed, but some librarians still feel that they’re a waste of time with no relevance to our profession. However, there’s more and more evidence that games in general and video games in particular develop a wide range of useful skills. Furthermore, gaming events in libraries can generate great publicity and they create a strong, lasting connection between teens and the one institution in town that actually supports and encourages the activity that they love so much.

Our purpose here is to describe the logistics and details you should think about before you host a gaming program. We will not be covering the steps you need to take to build a collection of video games for checkout, but the Further Resources section will lead you to information on that subject.

Continued at TechSoup for Libraries

Make a Game out of Learning: But don’t gamify it!

kids in classroomFROM: Slate.com  April 1, 2015

In MIT’s Education Arcade, classic game consoles line the office corridor; rafters are strung with holiday lights; and inflatable, stuffed, and papier-mâché creatures lurk around every corner. When I stopped by recently, the arcade’s director, Eric Klopfer, and creative director, Scot Osterweil, talked enthusiastically about the surging interest in educational video games, now used by nearly three-quarters of America’s grade-school teachers, according to one survey.

But these optimistic, play-loving game gurus have come to despise the biggest buzzword in their field: gamification. According to Osterweil and Klopfer, both MIT professors, gamification too often means “making a game out of learning,” in which players win points, magical powers, or some other reward for practicing math, spelling, or another school subject. Klopfer and Osterweil argue that the best educational games capture what’s already fun about learning and make that central to the game. Gamification undermines what they see as the real opportunity for games to radically, albeit playfully, transform education.

The arcade, part of MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, partners with schools, gaming companies, and nonprofits to make educational video games. The staff also trains teachers to make their own games and to weave them into lesson plans, via on-campus courses and a new massive open online course, “Design and Development of Games for Learning,” that launches Wednesday.

“If somebody comes to me and says, ‘I want to make math fun,’ I don’t want to work with that person,” said Osterweil, “because they don’t think math is already fun.”

CONTINUE ARTICLE AT slate.com