Videogames in Schools

In class we have been talking a lot about bringing videogames into the classroom to make education and learning more enjoyable.  I think this is a great idea and would have liked to see this around when I was in school.  I remember being in elementary school and having to read a book and then go on the computer to answer questions about the book.  At the time it seemed like a cool way to answer questions rather than having a piece of paper and handing it in to the teacher.

I don’t have the solution to the problem or new video game ideas but rather I just wanted to get some thoughts out there and see what ideas and/or thoughts that people had.  I don’t know if a video game could be created for each subject in school so that every class could play a video game to learn but I think a video game can be more than just teaching children the material in a certain class.  Video games can have positive effects and teach children things that may not be taught in the classroom.  Video games can be a morale booster if nothing else and help student get through a tough day.  Ideally, they will help kids learn educationally but video games can also contribute to teamwork exercises that deal with collaborating with others and working towards a common goal.  These are important characteristics that are not necessarily taught in school.

I may be leaving other aspects out but that is all I can come up with right now.  I wanted to throw the idea out there that video game play in educational settings can be used for much more than learning math or science.


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