Are video games a waste of time? Educators and parents alike are concerned about the time spent on video games and the growing lack of engagement in schools. But are video games a total waste? Some researchers have found that the principles behind video game creation can teach valuable lessons when it comes to educating and engaging our students. Imagine Learning Product Manager, Carter Durham, addresses the key findings in a webinar titled “Rules of Engagement: The Potential Impact of Video Games on Education.” You can view the full webinar here, or, if you’re short on time, read the summary below.
Educators are starting to examine how to use video games to their best advantage. Judy Willis, MD, has studied how video games can be used in education. She says, “The popularity of video games is not the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching strategies.” Willis found in her research that the US school system does not teach the way that the brain learns, whereas video games do. How do they do that? Here are some aspects of video games that really engage kids and help them learn: