science.net

science-netIn science.net, middle school students play the role of science reporters working for an online news site.

Combining the excitement of scientific discovery with the thrill of publishing their own work to inform the public, students in science.net work with professional journalists, learning skills like interviewing, research, writing in a journalistic style, and editing. And they use these skills right away, working on and publishing stories about breaking scientific issues that matter to them and to their community. science.net has three desks (Environment, Health, and Technology), and students produce a story for each one during the game.

You can learn more about science.net in How Computer Games Help Children Learn.

Further Reading

Hatfield, D. (2011). The right kind of telling: An analysis of feedback and learning in a journalism epistemic game. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hatfield, D. & Shaffer, D.W. (2010). The epistemography of a journalism practicum: The complex mechanisms of developing journalistic expertise. WCER Working Paper 2010-10. Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Graesser, A.C., Cai, Z., Wood, J., Hatfield, D., & Bagley, E. (2010). Comments of journalism mentors on news stories: Classification and epistemic status of mentor contributions. Paper presented at the Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Hatfield, D. & Shaffer, D.W. (2010). The epistemography of journalism 335: Complexity in developing journalistic expertise. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Chicago, IL.

Hatfield, D. & Shaffer, D.W. (2006). Press play: designing an epistemic game engine for journalism. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Bloomington, IN.

GAPS is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.