For this assignment, I chose mine craft.
The reflection was easy but making the 60 second video was the real challenge and I had to speak very fast but I still went beyond 60 seconds. =P I hope my voice was clear enough despite the sense of urgency.
If you barely understood what I said in the video, you can choose to just read my written reflection below.
I am only in my 20's and one of the things why I get along so much with kids and my students is because I still love to play video games. But when I tried playing minecraft it made me feel old. It made me feel that there is already a growing gap between my generation and the so called digital natives. My nephew was the one teaching me how to play the game, and I never felt so dumb. Usually in other games, I don't need to ask help from anybody or any tutorial because I can just simply explore the concept of the game, and quickly get it. But with minecraft, it makes me wonder how did these kids figure out how to play this thing? How do you know how to build a work shelf, or tools and other stuff? Of course I assume there's always google but with just manipulating the game alone? HOW????? I don't even understand the point of the game. Build stuff and then fight the zombies at night. What I usually do is just hide until the sun comes up and the zombies go away. I have made other attempts to play the game again and try to understand from the point of view of a today's child and why they love this expensive iTunes App Store game, but I just can't find the heart to love it.
How did I learn to play the game? It was mostly by through demo done by my nephew and observing other kids play. Not sure if the game had a tutorial if you first downloaded it, but since I wasn't the first person to play minecraft in the device, there wasn't a tutorial option anymore. It would help if they still made a help button for digital immigrants like me or still provide a tutorial game for new users. But despite having other kids showing me how to play, I still don't understand minecraft. I know the basics that you can build houses and chop wood and gather leaves and get water and kill animals. But then? What?
The game did not structure any learning for me at all. Which comes to my conclusion, if you want students to learn through the use of video games... They definitely need to be interested in that game. I think that is a very good conclusion. So as a teacher, if you want to use video games in your classes as a medium for learning, choosing a game or designing a game that catches the interest of your students is very vital for learning to be successful.