Welcome to Infinity Learning. This site aims to be both a place to inspire and resource game-based learning inside and outside the classroom through the Disney Infinity platform.
Why Disney Infinity & Learning?
Bringing an entertainment company into the classroom may ruffle some feathers, we know that. However, we see what Disney is offering through the Disney Infinity platform and the Toy Box as an offering that should challenge educators to consider the role of popular culture in children’s learning. And so, we present the following reasons why teachers should consider bringing the console into the classroom.
1. Accessibility: The platform is easy to learn
Infinity offers an easy to learn platform, with engaging objects and toys with great functions that come with built in logic programming.
It is as simple as Minecraft, but the logic programming is easier. This means students can create faster and spend more time on thinking through other aspects of the game, rather than trying to master more complex programming environments.
Along with the many and various objects and toys that can be linked together, the game comes with built in “Mastery Adventures” that create a game out of teaching players how to build and create their own worlds and games.
2. Familiarity: Children know these characters and stories
We under-estimate the importance of pop culture in children’s lives, and we undervalue it as an educational tool. Disney Infinity doesn’t come with a blank slate, but comes with characters and stories that students know, and can build upon. Just like we have all done on our bedroom floor creating new stories and adventures and games from our existing toys – so can students build new stories and games for well known characters in the ToyBox. They can explore important questions and learn through them, like:
Who would win a race out of Dash from The Incredibles and Lightening McQueen from Cars?
Can I build an invisible maze that Sully from Monsters Inc. has to explore?
What would happen if Jack Sparrow lived in Cinderella’s Castle and had to protect it from invading Cowboys like the Lone Ranger?
3. Quality: The production values are high.
In the same way we love to frame children’s art work, or realise we must respect the capacity of learners to produce high quality work. Disney Infinity provides a learning environment and a place to create that means students have a high quality final product. These products can also be shared with others and even with Disney who feature the best ToyBox worlds and games on their global Infinity Network.