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Bypassing the Textbook: Video Games Transform Social Studies Curriculcum

Bypassing the Textbook: Video Games Transform Social Studies Curriculcum

| January 16, 2014 | 20 Comments

One way to use commercial video games in social studies classrooms is to discuss them as texts or works of art that say something about society.

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Kids’ Video Games: Source of Fun, Pain, and Profit

Kids’ Video Games: Source of Fun, Pain, and Profit

| October 29, 2013

Getting under a kid’s skin has become science. Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it’s no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers’ actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

| July 24, 2013 | 21 Comments

Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level spatial skill.

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World of Warcraft Finds Its Way Into Class

World of Warcraft Finds Its Way Into Class

| March 5, 2013 | 15 Comments

World of Warcraft Students’ passions can be a powerful driver for deeper and more creative learning. With this knowledge, some educators are using popular commercial games like World of Warcraft (WoW) to create curriculum around the game. And they say they’re seeing success, especially with learners who have had trouble in traditional classrooms. World of […]

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What Can 135 Million Video Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?

What Can 135 Million Video Gamers Add to Our Collective IQ?

| September 28, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr:Blakespot By Jennie Rose An estimated 135 million people play video games, spending three billion hours a week glued to a screen. But that’s not necessarily bad news. In fact, playing video games may be part of an evolutionary leap forward, according to Howard Rheingold, educator and author of the book Net Smart: How to […]

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How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom

How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom

| June 12, 2012 | 7 Comments

Science teacher Paul Anderson says video games teach kids that failure is okay — that it’s part of the learning process. “Trying something, failing, trying something again, that’s something we aspire to see in kids,” he says. So he created a class around the premise of a video game — without a video game. Anderson […]

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Teachers Transform Commercial Video Game for Class Use

Teachers Transform Commercial Video Game for Class Use

| May 16, 2012 | 12 Comments

Seeing its massive potential as a learning tool, 2 teachers — one in Finland, one in the U.S. — took it upon themselves to create a version for educators.

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Student-Created Video Games Enter Science Class

Student-Created Video Games Enter Science Class

| April 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

Globaloria By Jennifer Roland Identifying bones in a skeleton, learning how chemical elements react, understanding alternative energy uses. These lessons have jumped out of the textbook and into the hands of students who created video games that teach the concepts to their peers. It’s part of Globaloria, a national program that allows middle school and […]

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How Computer Games Help Children Learn

How Computer Games Help Children Learn

| February 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

Flickr: Loren Kahle By Aran Levasseur Imagine you’re a senior manager at a leading videogame company. Your job is to devise the company’s competitive strategy in a rapidly growing and dynamic industry. What prices will you set for the consoles? How many games will be available for your platform? This is the premise of Platform […]

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The Power of Play in Learning

The Power of Play in Learning

| January 4, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr: Ernst Vikne By Aran Levasseur The goal of the videogame “Civilization” is to build a civilization that stands the test of time. You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your […]

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