Last week, in my EDTECH 543 Social Network Learning at Boise State University, I was asked to develop a checklist on Effective Content Curation Criteria. From developing this checklist with my group, I learned a vast amount of valuable information about what content curation is and how to develop your own curated content on a particular topic. This week, we were asked to create our own curated content on a professional topic of choice. I used the techniques learned with my group to develop my own content curation on Games in Education using Pearltrees. I have been dabbling in researching games in education ever since I went to the 2015 Technology Conference at William Paterson University in NJ. The keynote speaker was Matthew Farber who is an expert on game based learning and gamification and wrote the book, Gamify Your Classroom A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning. The resources, methods, and tools he presented were extremely helpful within my classroom. Matthew inspired me to further my knowledge on the subject so I can incorporate games more effectively into my daily curriculum. My curated content is a variety of literature from various subjects that are knowledgeable in different aspects of game-based learning and gamification. My goal is to have other educators asking themselves, from the readings and their own experience, if games have a place in their classroom and if so, how? The curated collection has three parts: literature on the effectiveness of games in education, how to incorporate games effectively with various resources, and journal articles on the research of games in education. I plan on updating this collection often so it is current and engaging for both myself and the reader. Through my collecting and reading, I developed a question that I am having a hard time finding the answer to. Are there gender differences in the effectiveness of games in education. I plan adding any literature I can find on the subject to my curated content and welcome any help I can receive. Here is the link to my Pearltrees Curated Content on Games in Education. I hope you read through all the literature and resources and comment on your thoughts either in Pearltrees itself or on my blog.
After creating my Games in Education Curation, I was asked to evaluate my curated content using the Effective Curation Checklist Criteria checklist created with my PLN from EDTECH 543. I believe a did a good job curating content that adheres to our criteria. Below is the link to my self evaluation.