Hibsman Presents on “Mini-Game Madness” at Computer Using Educators Conference

Posted on 3/23/2016 4:27:34 PM

Professor Tim Hibsman of the English Department presented “Mini-Game Madness: What's Hip, Fun, & Educational” at the 2016 CUE Conference (Computer Using Educators Conference) on March 17 in Los Angeles.

Free mini-games are readily available for iPhones, iPads, and computers. In his presentation, he covered games that are currently hot, popular, and educational and suggested games teachers could recommend to students.

On example he uses in his presentation is a murder mystery game for junior high and high school students. The educational advantages of the game include building critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning, formulating strong questions, developing teamwork and collaboration, and assessing credibility.

Abstract: Solitaire used to be the standard time-consuming, stress-relief game that people played for free. Now free mini-games are readily available for iPhones, iPads, and computers. Everybody has their favorite game. What games are currently hot, popular and educational? What free games could you recommend to students? This presentation will overview the pros and cons of some of the current game apps available. Some sample games include: Words With Friends, Criminal Case, Billionaire, SimCity BuildIt, Score! Hero, Cooking Fever, Royal Dentist, Formula , XSpeed 3D, and Minecraft. Handouts and quick-reference guides will be available in both hardcopy and electronic format.

Department of English