Bill MacKenty


Getting your foot in the door

Posted in Games in education on 25 - October 2006 at 05:32 PM (16 years ago). 39 views.

image A question: Hello. I am very interested in games in education and would love to get involved in this as a career move. Please contact me. An answer: First of all, thank you for asking. It's actually a great question. Become a teacher or school librarian Almost every state offers a friendly certification process. Usually you need to take 3 or 4 standardized tests. These consist of basic math and writing, human development and learning, subject matter, and pedagogy (every state is different, but that's the basic gist). Once you are a teacher (English, science, history, math, etc...) start using games to teach! As long as you have high standards for your students, you will be fine. Being a teacher is great work. Very difficult, and very rewarding. You could start an after-school club, or do something at your local library, but the real potential of games in the classroom is content-specialists using them to teach. This is an article I wrote about how to use games in your classroom once you are a teacher. Lot's of stuff to think about before you throw the kids in front of Sim City, or the Sims. School librarians are often at the center of technology in a school, so it is a logical place to advocate and encourage the use of games (and other technology) in a building. I suppose you could enter academia, and study the use of games in education (we could always use more research to help inform our thinking about games in the classroom) but I believe it is actual practitioners who can really show this stuff working.