Jennifer Comet Wagner is the founder of Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology, a blog for parents and educators. She recently published the book, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games.
While writing my blog about keeping up-to-date with pop culture, technology and education, I became very interested in the benefits of video games. I recently put together an ebook which compiled numerous studies on the benefits of gaming. The largest chapter turned out to be on the educational benefits.
Why do video games work so well in helping students learn?
- Leveling Up
Classes are designed to get the lowest common denominator engaged and everyone is tested at the same time after the same amount of learning, while games are an interactive medium in which players can progress at their own pace while trying and failing in a safe environment.
Traditionally students study for a test and the goal is the grade, not necessarily understanding the concepts. However with video games, students solve problems with what they know, and don’t just memorize facts.
- Decision Making and Problem Solving
Studies have also shown that video games can improve players’ vision, attention and certain cognitive skills. Study participants also performed better than non-gamers on certain tests of speed, accuracy and multitasking.
- Risk Taking
- Goals and Feedback
- Simulated Experiences
- Learning is fun
- And Aaso
Jennifer recommends the following websites to learn more about the benefits of gaming.
Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology
Games for Learning Institute
Institute of Play
So what do you think readers? Bring on the classroom games?
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