Following my last post, I have done more exploration to try and figure out my last question of how exactly I will be able to monitor progress and hold whole-class discussions when every student may be at different points in the game. One solution that I have come up with for monitoring progress is the ability for students to create passwords in the game. The game provides them with a username and password that they can log back in with, so they could give me their information and I can keep track of where they are throughout the game.
One solution that I have come to realize for how I could hold class discussions for the game is that even though everyone might be at different levels, the game can still be talked about because each level essentially has the same components. All students can contribute to discussing the different shapes they needed in levels, the hamsters they used to get there and the thought process they used to solve each level.
In doing my video game exploration, I have come to many realizations about how they might be used in the classroom that I never would have thought of before. I now am able to see that video games are much more than those played on consoles with remote controllers as a fun after school activity. Video games can be important parts in the classroom in keeping students engaged but also allowing them to learn. I would now agree with Gee in the article “Good video games + good learning” that “Video games are action and goal directed preparations for, and stimulations of, embodied experience” (23). Standards can be picked out to influence what goals you want your students to achieve from playing the specific game you choose.
I really enjoyed the experience that my learning circle gave me by picking out this game. The engineering aspect is something different then I would normally expect a teacher to use, but the game includes many different mathematical aspects that can also be used. I believe that the game Hamster Run definitely includes many of the different aspects that are included in a good video game and that is why I would choose to use this specific game in my classroom.