Teaching Social Thinking through the Development of Simple Computer Games

By Osnat Rubin.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Current educational policy in many nations encourage emphases within the school curriculum, particularly important in the second millennium: enhancing thinking as an integral part of the school curriculum, and integrating technology. Future learners should not only acquire a predefined constant knowledge, but higher order thinking abilities, enabling them to intelligently analyze and deal with different situations, solve problems and make decisions. In an age where learning resources are changing, incorporating technology into the curriculum has been found to positively affect the development of higher order thinking skills. Thereof we should examine using technology for teaching (ordering and practicing) thinking to be used in the learners' everyday lives. In the current college course program, teachers learned how to use computer games to enhance social thinking skills. Participants were required to develop simple computer games, including analyzing situations (e.g., what skills involve social activities like choosing a friend), and building an algorithm of problem solving to be practiced in a computer game, in which children had to solve social issues. Participants reported fostering thinking skills: thinking about alternatives, considering consequences, comparing and analyzing steps. The program has increased the awareness of teachers to the significant potential of computers for teaching thinking, which can be applied to the learners' everyday lives.

Keywords: Thinking Skills, Computer Games

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 20, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.19-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 04, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.837MB)).

Dr. Osnat Rubin

Education, Talpiot College, Holon, Israel

Dr. Osnat Rubin teaches in the Department of Counseling and Human Development in the University of Haifa, and in the Department of Education in Talpiot College of Education, Israel. She practices Educational Counseling in schools and clinics. Her researches are about technology and counseling.