Games for Learning
I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create. . . educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game.
Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the proven power of digital games for learning and is committed to fostering the broader adoption of high quality games in schools and informal learning settings.
Collaborative Game Development
White House Education Game Jam
In response to the President’s call to action to create compelling educational software, the White House hosted its first-ever education game jam in September 2014. Over one weekend, 100 game developers along with 35 teachers, learning researchers, and students gathered together at a local education technology startup to develop new, fun ways to learn.
Regional Game Jams
Austin Education Game Jam
To build on the momentum created by the White House Education Game Jam, the Office of Educational Technology is partnering with games industry leaders and education stakeholders to hold regional Education Game Jams. The first of these events was held in Austin Texas in March 2015.
A mathematical platformer full of action, adventure, and... education? Guide your hero through a temple full of ancient and mysterious symbols. Interact with those symbols and watch the ground beneath you shift, openning up paths to previously unreachable areas. Created at the Austin Game Jam.
On April 21, the Office of Educational Technology and the non-profit, Games for Change, co-hosted a day-long summit to identify strategies for the broader creation, dissemination, and use of quality games in classrooms and beyond. Leading developers, producers, publishers, educators, students, and other stakeholders were brought together to break down barriers and have meaningful dialogues about what each party wants and needs so we can make progress in games for education together.
Watch the Games for Learning Summit!
Game Jam Prototypes
The games featured in these demo videos were created as part of the White House Education Game Jam and the Austin Game Jam. Developer teams from AAA and independent game development companies and higher education labs were challenged to create educational game prototypes over a 48 hour period.