Many students are playing games like Fortnite Now that the generation that’s grown up with video games has moved on to teaching in their own classrooms, technology is becoming a more common part of the classroom experience. But is there a way we can use video games to teach students more effectively, rather than simply as time fillers or rewards? Vivalandagames engage students in deeper dialogue regarding emotions and social interactions without the “cheese factor” We provide alternative methods for students to gain a more nuanced understanding of the world around them? Video games are no longer just ways to kill time and procrastinate. Teachers are already beginning to use games—and gamification—in the classroom to increase student engagement, and you can, too!
Historically, games have provided a visually interesting way to drill factual information or practice more technical skills: Fortnite, anyone? We need to remember that games can also provide a safe way to experience and explore complex topics without students having to necessarily put themselves on the spot. While teachers must be intentional with the use of screen time, if an educator has done the legwork to create a structure and context for students to play video games, they can provide powerful experiences that foster empathy and socio-emotional development while helping students grapple with complex academic concepts.
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