Next term, my colleague Vegard Relling and myself are planning a series of lessons where we will be using the computer game Civilization IV as an educational tool at Nordahl Grieg Secondary School in Bergen, Norway.
We believe that computer games are an undervalued resource in education that, when used in an educational context, may be a huge asset to students’ learning. On this blog we will detail our experiences in using this game as an educational tool in the subjects Social Science, English and Norwegian.
We are still in the early phases of planning, but over the next few months we will post updates on our progress in putting these lesson plans together, thoughts about why games (and CIV IV in particular) should make their way into classrooms, and pedagogical and technical challenges we come across along the way. Once we get started playing the game with our students in October/November, we plan quite frequent posts from the perspective of both students and teachers.
Over the last couple of years, some enterprising teachers and schools have made tentative strides towards integrating computer games in education, although, at least in the Norwegian school system, game-based learning is far from common. We believe there are many teachers out there, both in Norway and abroad, who have already used, or are interested in using, games in their lessons. It is our goal that this blog may serve as an inspiration to other educators who want to experiment with using games in education.