Building Focus with Overwatch!

Building Focus with Overwatch!

In this workshop, our expert Gamer Guides lead kids through fun Overwatch activities to improve their Focus skills.

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Today’s Activity: Assault & Escort with Focus

Through out this session we will relate the Focus your child is using in Overwatch with tasks they must overcome on a daily basis. For example, talking about how focusing on the objective in a a match is not too different then focusing on finishing their homework, and explaining why it is important to practice this skill for tasks in their life to come.

Once the brains are going and we are all familiar with one another we will take it to the Custom Game arena where student will face off with other students in a series of games. For an hour long session together.

For today’s session each student we will be teaming up with the LearningWorks Gamer Guides and playing Assault and Escort game mode with and against other students in the class with keeping attention and focus on the objective being the main goal for each team.

We will start with a warm up round in the training arena and talk about each players favorite type of character or roll and figure out how we will work with each persons as a team and how we can use this knowledge to focus on the a plan for victory each match. Throughout and after each round we will reflect on how we did focusing and what we could do better for the next round.

We will wrap up by talking about things they can do for homework how to practice focus on their own in video games and everyday life at home.

For more information about Organization, visit the Focus Page at LearningWorks for Kids.

Have more Questions feel free to contact us at rrsmith@learningworksforkids.com

Workshop Schedule

To join the live session, simply select the appropriate date and time below, then click on the Join Live Session button.  If this is your child’s first Overwatch session, please make sure to view and follow our setup instructions.

mon05aug6:00 pm7:00 pmBuilding Focus with Overwatch6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST 10 Spots remaining

mon26aug6:00 pm7:00 pmBuilding Focus with Overwatch6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST 10 Spots remaining

Other Workshops in this Series

mon05aug6:00 pm7:00 pmBuilding Focus with Overwatch6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST 10 Spots remaining

mon26aug6:00 pm7:00 pmBuilding Focus with Overwatch6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST 10 Spots remaining

Workshop Activities

The LW4K method to using video games as teaching tools relies on strategic teaching principles and our approach of “Detect, Reflect, and Connect.” The purpose of the Detect, Reflect, and Connect steps is to mold the child into an active learner who becomes aware of, engaged in, and contemplative of what she is learning. These steps can enhance motivation and concentration. They also assist in extending learning beyond a particular game or technology and connecting it to the real world.

  • Detect

    Detect or identify when and where they are using thinking skills in video game play.

    Before we start playing the Learningworks For Kids gamer guides will make it clear that today’s session is about Focus. As we start off in the training area we will talk about how focus is used in Overwatch and how we will use it in today’s game play.

  • Reflect

    Reflect or consider how the thinking skills used during gameplay helps them to achieve their goals.

    After a each round of Assault and Escort will reflect back and talk about how focusing on the objective rather then kills or running off will end in a better result. The Gamer Guides will guide them through another game mode using this knowledge to help move forward in a more successful focused way.

  • Connect

    Connect or apply game-based thinking skills to real-world activities.

    Through out the session we will relate the focus your child is using in overwatch with tasks they must overcome on a daily basis. For example, talking about how focusing on the round objective is not too different then focusing on finishing their homework, and explaining why it is important to practice this skill for tasks in their life to come.

Follow-Up Activities

Activity #1

Watch This – Organization Building Game!

Keep your child thinking! Next time your child plays Overwatch ask them what skills they learned when playing with us! If they are cooperative they will answer with Focus, or maybe time management or flexibility! If they need some help don’t be afraid to refresh their memory and keep thinking about these skills as they play!

Next try and relate these skills to everyday real life outside of Video Games! For an example “How did you use Focus at school today? What do you want to focus on learning tomorrow in class?” Just anything to help remind your child of the skills they are practicing and help build them.

If you need a full list of our Learningworks For Kids Skills click below!

https://learningworksforkids.com/the-science-of-play/

As well we recommend you check out our website and try a new game off of our game list under a skill category your child struggles with!

https://learningworksforkids.com/playbooks/