Although technology creates many exciting affordances for educational games, it isn’t always necessary (or even a good idea) to go high tech. Board games are a useful way to start learning about games (and then to start learning about learning games), so here are some introductory resources you might find helpful.
Games 101 with Scott Nicolson
This is your gateway to Scott Nicolson’s excellent collection of board game reviews. These aren’t necessarily educational but expose you to the many different mechanics found in board games. Scott Nicolson is a professor at the University of Syracuse School of Information Studies so he has a deep interest in games for education as well.
Board games for learning
You also might take a look at SDSU’s EDTEC 670 wiki which posts board game projects by Masters students in their Educational Technology Program. These aren’t commercial games but they can provide inspiration and some are quite sophisticated. (There are also many other great game resources on this site.)
A related site (also with contributions by SDSU EDTEC students) is Cardboard Cognition, which includes links to treatments of board games and card games.
Get your geek on
You’ll also want to check out Boardgamegeek.com which includes links to board game descriptions (a great resource for accessing game rules you might be inspired by) and forums (including a forum for games in the classroom).
As an update: Thanks to Kevin Eagles on Google Plus, I learned of the Board Game Designers Forum (BGDF), which includes design forums, as well as resources and links to game journals and blogs by board game designers.
Board games and the 21st century learner
In this article by Brian Mayer, you’ll learn how board games connect to the American Association of School Librarians (AALS) Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Board games provide opportunities for
- taking action on information
Games in general
If you’d like to take a step back and learn about game basics, check out these interactive videos at the Kongregate site.