Justin Matheson, Learning Technology Trainer, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
In today's digital age, video games originally created for entertainment can be turned into potent tools for professional and personal development. This session will show you how I have used popular video games to cultivate essential skills, from problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork showcased in multiplayer games, to resource management in strategy games, and even emotional intelligence in narrative-driven titles. Video games offer a plethora of learning opportunities. Drawing on my personal experiences and success stories, I will demonstrate practical methodologies to incorporate gaming into many educational and training settings. Whether you're an educator, trainer, or gaming enthusiast interested in personal growth, this session promises a fresh perspective on video games, challenging the conventional notion of them as mere pastime activities.
- Identifying and harnessing games that align with specific skill sets.
- Strategies for connecting in-game experiences to real-life situations.
- Strategies to integrate video games in traditional learning environments.
- Concrete lesson ideas for 10 different essential skills.