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Video Games for Education

How video games teach just as much as school. They fill in the gaps where class seems to fall short, and could be the future educational tool for the next generation. Your kids might just learn algebra 1 through a World of Warcraft-type game.

The main purpose of playing a video game is to have fun. But what is fun? The definition of fun, given by Raph Foster, is, “positive feedback given by the brain for cognitive learning, the process of building schemata for coping with the world.” So, having fun is basically learning stuff that is applicable world. So, we can use the substitution property to change a previous statement: “The main purpose of playing a video game is to learn stuff that is applicable in the real world.” Does this sound like something else you might be familiar with?

“The main purpose of SCHOOL is to learn stuff that is applicable in the real world.” So, we’ve basically stated that video games and school have the same primary goal. At this point, you might be thinking, “How is anything you can learn in a video game applicable in real life?”

The rest is on this blog written by a math teacher!:

http://georgewoodbury.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/guest-blog-video-games-for-education/

 

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