Scientix webinar: Board game based learning
Type of event: webinar
Target groups: counsellors, educational authorities, industry, policy makers, researchers, teachers
Topic: science education
Language of event: English
Register for the webinar here!
The webinar will take place in the Scientix online meeting room on 21 November 2017 at 17:00 Central European Time (CET). After registration, you will receive an email with instructions. NB: Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!
Games can be used to make learning fun and faster, as many authors have demonstrated in their research. As teachers, we can create board games with the aim of following students’ progress and motivating them at same time. These games can be used as a way to prepare for final exams, to help students learn from other classmates, or to motivate them to prepare in advance using different sources of materials.
In the first part of this webinar, Mladen Šljivovic describes the rules of and his experience with Hembizika, a board game that combines physics, biology and chemistry.
In a second part of the webinar, Hembizika 2.0, a card based game, is introduced. It uses cards instead of a classic board which can give the teacher more control of a class.
The third part presents a turn-based group quiz. During this activity, students need to come up with their own questions for the opposing teams. The drawbacks and advantages of this type of questioning are demonstrated. Finally, an example of game based learning with science books is provided.
About the presenter:
Mladen Šljivovic is a Scientix ambassador for Serbia. As a physics teacher, he works both at elementary and high school in Zajecar. He developed with his students the board game Hembizika, which got first prize from Main à la Pâte (LAMAP) 2016. After this, Šljivovic started using a similar approach to his class, developing quiz-based games for students. In 2017, he organised a virtual presentation about one of the board games used in his class at the LUMAT symposium in Helsinki, and published a paper in "Nastava fizike", a Serbian journal dedicated to physics education. This same year, Šljivovic’s idea for a role playing game based on Ender’s game by Orson Scott Card won an award in the STEM Discovery Week competition in the ”Your favourite science book” category.