Sunday, October 29, 2006

Video Games in Education


Group: Video games can reshape education is a MSNBC article on a yearlong study by the Federation of American Scientists that researched how video games can be converted into learning tools. What they found was that video games don't lose patience with kids and they teach skills such as: analytical thinking, team building, multitasking, and problem-solving under duress. They determined that future research was still needed on the features that promoted learning and how to test the skills students learn while playing video games.

My thoughts on this article are two-fold. One, I love that they are doing research into whether this is a viable option for schools and teachers to incorporate another technology into their classrooms. The students of today's world are technologically savvy which makes incorporating technology, such as video games, into classrooms much easier. On the other hand, I'm not so sure that video games would teach the skills above better than interacting with peers and teachers to solve problems and increase analytical skills. I am sure that video games can teach these skills, but I'm not convinced it's a better or more effective solution.

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