Beetle Breeders: Ubiquitous Games for Learning Biology
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Ubiquitous Games or UbiqGames offer students a new paradigm for learning. These casual games optimized for mobile browsers allow players to play in short, frequent bursts of time, enabling them to be played interstitially throughout the day. Biology teachers can assign gameplay as homework, and can access player data via a teacher portal, identifying areas where student are progressing or may be having difficulty. In Beetle Breeders, the first of four UbiqGames for Biology, student run a beetle breeding business while learning Mendelian genetics. This project explores the potential and limitations of this paradigm as a means to extend learning beyond the school day, in a compelling meaningful way. Beetle Breeders will be demonstrated as an example and preliminary data from our ongoing study will be presented.