Gaming Used as Learning:
Video games have become popular amongst kids and adults alike. While the popularity of video games among children is undeniable, the debate about the risks and benefits of gaming remains unresolved. Video game supporters suggest that appropriate use of recreational and educational video games can increase learning and the development of important skills, others say, video games are for entertainment purposes only and too much gaming can risk our wellbeing
1. Can educational video games be a powerful tool for increasing student learning?
2. Do recreational video games have learning value?
3. Can too much recreational gaming be hazardous to our well being?
The debate over gaming used as learning is focused on these three questions.
Do recreational video games have learning value?
Video games are often looked at as a waste of time and have no educational value whatsoever. However video game supporters say they have significant learning values. Jane McGonigal says that “10 years of scientific research show that playing video games is actually the most productive thing we can do. When we are playing games we are tapping into our best qualities, our ability to be motivated ,to be optimistic and be resilient in the face of danger.” The players are learning from these video games and they do not even realizing it. Playing video games teaches us how to work together as a team to help accomplish a team goal. For example, playing a first person shooter called “Call Of Duty”, you and your teammates must work together to defeat the other team. In order to win you work together by communicating with the other person over a microphone and by watching each other’s backs just like real Marines do in combat situations. A great thing we can learn from playing video games is trial and error. Will Wright the mind behind the popluar video game Spore, said “In games, players learn through failure, which is the best route to excellence”....