Educators Go Hands-On with Food Force!

Tonight is the second run of my “Introduction to Games in Education” class at the Orange County Department of Education. The class began with each participant introducing themselves, what got them excited about learning when they were younger, and what they think their students might be excited about now. I suggested, of course, that for many of them, this might be video games. After listening to me go on (in a very Education 1.0 manner) about Piaget, Papert, Prensky, Gee, Aldrich, and other graduate students, the teachers finally got to go hands-on with Food Force, a serious game (for change) developed by the UN’s World Food Program.

This is the magic moment where I stop doing the heavy lifting at the front of the class, and the action moves to the participants! Then I can make sure everyone is getting started ok, snap a few pictures, and blog in the back. ;)

Despite all the quality academic “ammunition” I give them to take back to their administrators in the first hour, the game playing undoubtedly the most powerful segment of the session.

2 Responses to “Educators Go Hands-On with Food Force!”

  1. Aaron Ball Says:

    Hey Mark

    Thanks for working away at bringing mainstream teachers online with the uses of video games as learning tools. Whenever I mention my studies I get the old “Sure video games are great for teachin’ hand-eye coordination”. That’s when I have to start the game-spiel.

    Is that ammunition anything more than the stuff they have posted on the Food Force site. I’m trying to get my principal to install Food Force so I can teach it to the grade 4-6. I sure would love any extra materials to swing her opinion. If you have anything could you post it for those of us who aren’t Orange County Department of Education.members?

    Aaron Ball

  2. Mark Wagner Says:


    The info from my presentations is the best ammo I have to offer right now… aside from the links on my blog of course.

    I did just post the latest from my presentation at CUE.

    And, we should have a podcast of this up soon.

    Thanks for the comments. :)