Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Educational Value of Gaming

Steve’s "Scratch" blog inspired this post as I share his sentiments. Dr. Li’s commentary on failure within video games as a learning tool resonated with me. In traditional education, failure has exaggerated negative consequences (social stigma, parent “feedback” –in every possible form in my childhood--, grade level implications, etc.). In games, failure has very muffled consequences. You fail/die, you put in another quarter and try again. Eventually you master the learning/game and find new challenges.

Life’s much more like a game than I ever realized. Thanks original Nintendo.


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