My name is Alfonso (Al) Gonzalez, AKA EducatorAl. I've been teaching grades 4-8 for 22 years now. Currently, I'm teaching Science for grades 6 and 8 in Chimacum Middle School in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I've been playing computer games since high school and college and I even played D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) until Diablo came out and I could play on the computer. Since then I've played All three Diablos, Neverwinter Nights, and other assorted games. The power and engagement of gaming is something I really want to bring into my classroom. I want to harness the power of gaming to help kids learn Science and am looking for ideas.
I'm thinking of trying 3D Gamelab next year. Anyone recommend it?
I'm also thinking of starting a WoW after school club next year. I'll be putting together a proposal this summer using Lucas Gillepie's resources. I'm expecting parents and school board members to give some push back wondering why in the world would I want to have kids play games in school! I want to be prepared for those types of questions. Any ideas?
Oh and I participated in the Games MOOC III and loved it. I slowed to a lurk then basically had to drop out so that I could finish my National Board Renewal process! Now that that's done I'll start slow since school isn't over until I have more time after June 20.
Absolutely great to have you back! The after school club is how a lot of educators have brought games in through almost the back door. We will be having Lucas Gillispie from WoW in School as a guest speaker this month. We have him scheduled to give us a Guild Wars II tour this Saturday and a Tuesday evening session next week where he'll talk about his school and their use of Guild Wars II, World of Warcraft and Minecraft. As far as your question about parents, hopefully we can have a good conversation on that.
Hi Kae, I'm excited to get some ideas on selling the idea of gaming in school! How cool that Lucas is presenting!
There's someone else that we may to have you speak with I'll try to track him down. His name is Dave Flack and teaches in Goodyear, AZ. His wife Kim works for PBS in Arizona and they tied everything with using World of Warcraft to re-broadcast of Joseph Campbell and the Power of the Myth with Bill Moyers. So they invited the parents of the students to the school and told them all about series and I believe also may have given out the book. So their kickoff of the club was at a time that both the parents and the students could be watching the series together.
At Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey, Marianne Malmstrom schedules parent nights. The whole family comes in and the students who the parents how to play. Marianne has her students working in Guild Wars II, Minecraft and World of Warcraft.