7 Ways Video Games Will Help Your Kids in School

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kara-loo/7-ways-video-games-help_b_6084990.html

We have grown up in an age where video games are a growing concern as well as a resource for students and teachers around the world. When we think of video games we often think of their negative connotation, they aren’t educational. But today this is not the case. Many video game companies are designing their games with education in mind. This website provides seven reasons for why video games will ultimately help a child to succeed in the classroom.

The first reason they gave I really liked. It was a gamers focus on social activity. A lot of teachers are faced with the challenge of teaching social skills to their students, especially those with autism or down syndrome. Often times ‘gamers’ play video games with other kids and have to work together to achieve a common goal. Video games teach communication and interpersonal skills which are essential for a student’s development as well as their self-esteem.

The second was “video games are especially well suited for individualized learning.” Many times teachers must differentiate learning within the classroom in order to target those students’  needs who are falling behind but challenge those who are exceeding benchmark goals. Video games tailor to the students individual needs, based on their performance levels. This can give a student the extra support and practice they need both in the classroom and at home.

This website really emphasizes the need for video games at home and within the classroom. It provides more than just a hands on experience and the chance to develop ‘hand-eye coordination’ or ‘motor movements.’ It is an individualized experience that teaches more than just an education.

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