Introduction to LW4K Study Skills: Planning
In this workshop, our expert Gamer Guides introduce kids to a game and an app selected to improve planning skills.
The LW4K Study Skills series offers an introduction to using games and apps to discuss and practice critical skills for school and daily life. This workshop focuses on the skill of planning. Effective Planning means developing strategies to accomplish goals by thinking about how to complete a task before beginning it.
When playing games, players are asked to develop strategies to accomplish a variety of goals. Strategizing how to solve a puzzle in the fewest possible moves or build your village’s economy while keeping it safe builds many of the same skills we need to plan an essay, prepare for a school trip, or plan a group project. Playing games can help improve Planning by allowing the practice of this skill while in the midst of a fun and immersive experience. Great planning games focus on the sequencing of activities, setting goals, and anticipating the future.
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Games and Apps Used in this Workshop
When a game board first opens up, the player will see many different ways to connect the dots. To solve the problem presented by each board, the player must connect the dots (without going diagonally), starting at the black dot, and ending at the open circle. To be successful, the player must plan multiple steps ahead (like in chess) in order to solve the puzzle quickly and move on to the next level. Without exercising the planning skill, the player can get stuck on a level and be unable to advance.
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Splashy Dots Mac/iOS Download
Splashy Dots Android Download
Workflowy can help to make the process of planning out tasks and event easier. Users can jot down ideas directly on their lists, helping them prepare ideas and materials ahead of time. All content from Workflowy can be edited and accessed remotely, affording users the opportunity to use the app via desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. The app can also be used like a checklist or daily planner, where users can cross out activities that they complete throughout the day, keeping them up to date with their schedule.
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Work Flowy Mac/iOS Download
Work Flowy Android Download
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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.