Video Games Could Come to Schools to Replace Books

Analysts are now researching an alternative method to helping students in school. Many experts are worried about low grades in almost every step of the educational process in traditional school settings. Many teachers are big believers in digital media, such as video games, helping children not only become more interested in and excited about school, but helping them learn as well. Obviously, no one is talking about adding heavy gore or hack and slash games to the schools curriculum, but there are several developers, including an associate professor at Indiana University, who are developing alternative video games that not only entertain, but aid in the learning process as well. Sasha Barab, the associate professor from the University of Indiana has designed a game where the student playing will take the role of an investigator searching a virtual park to learn why all the fish are dying. This game offers many different theories such as excess farm fertilizers or logging, and the student will compile data and hypotheses. Each hypotheses plays out a different ending, that is a actual real world dilemma that the student will need to figure out how to solve.

Introducing video games into schools as learning tools is definitely a possibility, as schools ultimately need to grow with what the students are used to experiencing. The MacArthur Foundation has even decided to invest 50 million dollars to investigate whether or not using video games as a form of curriculum is a good idea and whether or not these games will foster genuine and trackable learning in the students. Last month, in Chicago, the foundation sponsored a panel discussion on the subject.

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