More Options for Curriculums

I read an article on Sciencenewsforkids.org called What Video Games can Teach Us. James Gee was interviewed and the artcile explained the many pros about children playing video games. One specific example was that video games help with keeping the attention of children who have ADHD at least 9 hours. I thought this was interesting because today we talked about motivation and this seems to have some connection. Children with ADHD have trouble focusing in school as well as certain activities that most people may think are entertaining.  Playing video games brings out a motivation to stay focused and play the game for a longer period of time instead of moving on to the next thing. It would be interesting if they would bring this idea into ways of training children with ADHD to focus on things through motivation. This should very well be experimented as a curriculum with the classroom. Children should play games in the classes room instead of sitting at the desk listening to the teacher’s lesson. Children would be motivated to learn more in school.

It was also interesting to read that playing video games can encourage kids to try new things. For example if a child loves playing a game that has science fiction, they may take more interest into the subject and will decide to read books and join activities involving science fiction. This in hand would help children practice and improve their reading skills.

I raise the issue that schools across the country should be trying new lesson plans that involves playing video games. As humans we are always doing research to find new ways to improve our way of lives through technology. Playing video games in the classroom may enhance the learning curve and increase motivation in children at a early age. We should NOT be content with the current basic curriculum. Experimenting and change is key to improving.

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  1. Jaclyn Rubel
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 21:00:50

    Parents of kids with ADHD usually worry that video games can make a bad condition worse. They tend to think that with their fast pace and trend toward sensory overload, video games would exacerbate attention problems. However, game supporters make the opposite claim and some research suggests that certain video games may even treat ADHD.

    This article shows that by improving working memory, it can help a child become more focused, by becoming more alert of their surrounds and more aware of social cues. A company called Cogmed developed working-memory training, which showed that five weeks of therapy reduced symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children. The exercises that the child completes are in a video game format, with color graphics and crisp sound. The article explains how the program stays a step ahead of the child’s ability, making exercises increasingly harder, similar to video games.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:KEm8_aJAOJkJ:www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3430.html+video+games+and+adhd+improvement&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari&source=www.google.com

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  2. jrubel
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 22:14:45

    Parents of kids with ADHD usually worry that video games can make a bad condition worse. They tend to think that with their fast pace and trend toward sensory overload, video games would exacerbate attention problems. However, game supporters make the opposite claim and some research suggests that certain video games may even treat ADHD.

    This article shows that by improving working memory, it can help a child become more focused, by becoming more alert of their surrounds and more aware of social cues. A company called Cogmed developed working-memory training, which showed that five weeks of therapy reduced symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children. The exercises that the child completes are in a video game format, with color graphics and crisp sound. The article explains how the program stays a step ahead of the child’s ability, making exercises increasingly harder, similar to video games.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:KEm8_aJAOJkJ:www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3430.html+video+games+and+adhd+improvement&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari&source=www.google.com

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