Today the CollabLab welcomes Katie Owen, special education teacher at Elk Grove. She can be reached @MsKatieOwen
I got an original Nintendo when I was 2. My dad bought me a Sesame Street game along with Blades of Steel. Now, years later, there are two things I know really well: my letters and how hockey is played.
I hear all this, and yet I cannot help but think about all I learned from playing video games:
- Video games teach sequences, strategy, problem
solving and logic.
- Unlike passive activities (like TV), video games
keep the mind active and alert.
- Your hand-eye coordination, fine motor, spatial, and
accuracy skills improve. You make decisions faster and think quicker.
- You become really good at multi-tasking and
following/searching for multiple objectives.
- Video games got me (and students I know) reading
more. Trust me. There are a lot of instructions on those screens.
- You learn to follow instructions (after you read
- You learn to plan ahead, manage resources (never run
out of Mana), and spend your money wisely (as we have all learned when we have
no more money for a Kevlar + Helmet).
- Which pretty much means you are learning some
reading and math (sshhhhh don't tell the kids).
- And the one I like the most? You learn perseverance. The number one thing video games taught me is no matter how many times you need to try a level, you do not stop until you accomplish your goal.
For even more benefits and negative effects of video games, check out this site.
To learn more and chat with other educators, try using the hashtag #gamification along with #edchat, #edtechchat, or #ipaded on Twitter.
For a fun infographic, visit: http://www.knewton.com/gamification-education/
An interesting TEDEd video: http://ed.ted.com/on/uk36wtoI
Edutopia - Gamification in Education: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/gamification-in-education-vicki-davis
4 Ways to Bring Gamification into Your Classroom: http://blog.tophat.com/4-ways-to-gamify-learning-in-your-classroom/