Analysis of the supporting websites for the use of instructional games in K-12 settings

Abstract: 

This paper identifies resources to be included in a website designed to facilitate
the integration of instructional games in K-12 settings. Guidelines and supporting
components are based on a survey of K-12 educators who are
integrating games, an analysis of existing instructional game websites, and
summaries of literature on the use of educational software in K-12 settings
and teacher technology training. The results indicate that educators face three
main challenges when integrating games, including: (1) curriculum integration,
(2) technical and logistical requirements, and (3) teacher training. To
overcome these challenges, K-12 educators should be provided with: (1) curriculum
resources, (2) game technical information and support, and (3) communication
tools.Websites designed to facilitate the use of instructional games
should be designed with appropriate structures (ie, grid, web, hierarchy) to
optimise organisation and simplicity. In addition, the websites should include
teacher training that (1) apply a teacher training model, (2) address National
Educational Technology Standards, (3) present contents in small doses, (4)
make training and information as accessible as possible, and (5) model and
mentor the use of instructional games.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Mansureh Kebritchi
Atsusi Hirumi
Wendi Kappers
Renee Henry
Year of Publication: 
2009
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
British Journal of Educational Technology
Volume: 
40
DOI: 
10.1111/j.1467-8535.2008.00854.x