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Is a Learning Game Still a Game?

If you haven’t noticed, games as educational and learning tools are about to explode (maybe literally) on every type of device for every different subject. (If you want your 6-year-old to learn basic Algebra concepts, try Dragon Box, for instance.) And while we think great games will no doubt have a role to play in learning in the near future, there’s never anything wrong with a healthy discussion.

In this New York Times piece titled  Reading, Writing and Video Games, Pamela Paul makes the argument that games should be more fun than learning. But Anne Collier at NetFamilyNews makes a compelling case for games as meaningful, relevant, thoughtful learning environements.  Either way, we’re not talking Space Invaders here, are we?

So, what games are your kids playing and learning from?

 

Comments

  1. Gordon Smith says:

    freerice.com Someone gets to eat free rice whenever you play the game. Great for vocabulary in several languages, art identification and practice s.a.t. questions. Learn, help humanity and have Fun. Best wishes to all. Gordon

  2. Since my son is 3, there’s a ton on the App store. I briefly switched to an Android device in 2012 and was hugely disappointed in the available learning/game apps for kids and quickly switched back to an iPhone. There he gets to play with the characters he used to and has a background knowledge of (like Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Disney, etc) but still get some great knowledge. Specifically right now he’s playing a Toy Story Showtime and Letters & Sounds, Sid’s Science Fair, Sid the Science Kid Read & Play, some of the Cat in the Hat Learning Library like There’s No Place Like Space. Also, he still loves a little game/edu app called Bugs N Buttons.

  3. Alan Kwan says:

    I had an interesting experience teaching/coaching/watching my daughter play Plant vs Zombie: http://techkwandos.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/plants-vs-zombies-and-revelation-on-computer-games-and-young-minds/

  4. T walker says:

    My daughter, age 12, likes one word 4 pictures, bubble mania, zombies. My sons 14 and 17 like mine craft. It would be interesting to see the difference between the girls interests and the boys.

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