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Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

May 25, 2011
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  1. Margaret Richardson permalink
    May 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    My son sent me this a while ago. It is very thought provoking, and challenges our approach to teaching. Gaming has possibilities to provide an excellent channel for critical thought and problem solving.

  2. stephanie wintjes permalink
    May 26, 2011 8:18 AM

    I would like to be an “urgent optimist” about gaming, but have my reservations. Not all games carry strong messages with provocative questions to get us thinking about the future of the world. Some games promote cut-throat competitive attitudes; games can become addictive and even isolate individuals into their own virtual world. I need more convincing that gaming is a good idea. I prefer real hands-on problem solving, like growing a garden or growing your own textiles to make clothes!

  3. joy richard permalink
    May 30, 2011 2:14 PM

    There are indeed many different types of games. I think that some of those games can definitely develop certain kind of skills such as fast decision taking, rapid reflexes…
    It gives also the feeling that you can always improve and restart the games knowing better what to do next to improve. This can give confidence to students that are less academic.

    But I think that working with your hands in paint, earth, mud… is a benefit to a child’s development.

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