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Finding Education And Fun In Video Games

Parents, students, teachers, and researchers continue to discover ways that video games increase interest and participation in learning.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
Episode #079

Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

Today’s guest author, Jayel Gibson, is going to share some information with us about video games and how we can use them to enhance our children’s education and our families’ togetherness.

"Edutainment” is a word that has frequently been used to describe computer applications designed to make learning fun. With 45 million American families reporting ownership of video game consoles in a recent study, parents and educators are beginning to take a serious look at video games and the video game generation, and to reconsider the role of video gaming within the context of a child’s education.

In video games we have a technology which allows children to examine subject matter, to explore choice and consequence, to play with complex variables, and to simulate real world situations and processes. All of this is done in an immersive and highly motivating mode of learning. It is what makes video gaming enormously valuable for enhancing a child’s learning and creativity.

One of the ways that we learn is through play. As we grow up our play becomes more complicated and we learn to think and work in new ways. When we add rules and goals, our play becomes a game. Video games can be good for the brain. They can teach us everything from math and English to art and geography. Some games are specifically developed to teach; others teach through their requirements for solving puzzles or the need to read and navigate new environments.

But, can video games really be educational? More and more people are saying yes. Parents, students, teachers, and researchers continue to discover ways that video games increase interest and participation in learning. This is particularly true when parents and kids play together.

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