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Educational Technology - The Map Game, a Learning
This is wonderful. When this map game landed in my inbox from Ruth's mom, I had only the vaguest of ideas where all these countries of North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe are located. I had a rough idea they were clustered around the Mediterranean, and that the Suez Canal is in Egypt. But for the rest of them I didn't have a clue. Twenty minutes later I could place every country without making a mistake. My guess is, you can do the same.
Just click on the map to go the the
click on this link.
Then start dragging and dropping the names onto the map.
Think about what this kind of technology can mean to teachers - freedom from presenting material that needs to be memorized, allowing a teacher to concentrate on inspiring the students and monitoring progress.
There's a lot of this kind of thing in the pipeline, and I'm going to see if it could be adapted for language learning, to help a student develop a vocabulary.
Feedback on the Map
Game, a Plea for Mastery
I've been getting feedback on
the map game in my last post. Some have told me they tried it, and
couldn't get many countries right. When I asked, they admitted
that they only tried it once. ONCE IS NOT THE POINT. This
isn't a test. It's a learning tool. Everybody who does the
game for twenty minutes gets 100% of the countries right.
This game makes us demand mastery of ourselves. That's different from what our school system asks of us. School tests let us pass with a large percentage incorrect. Why? Think about the written test for a drivers license. In China, a score of 90 out of 100 will let you have a license. What? What if one of the questions you got wrong was: Do you need to stop at a red traffic light? You could say no to that and still drive away, a menace on the roads. Do you want to see a doctor who got 95% on his final exam? Technology like this learning game can give us mastery, and mastery is important.
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