This article from the New York Times discusses the possible educational value video games can bring to the classroom. The article focuses on Among Us, a multiplayer game where four to 10 players are on an alien spaceship and each player is designated a role as either a “crew mate” or an “impostor.” This game has become very popular all around the world and is being considered for use in the classroom.
Fun and educational
Krisy Lawlor, a teacher instructing both remote and blended learners, asked her students why they believe Among Us is not only fun, but educational. The students mentioned that the game can strengthen observational and analytical skills. One student claims that the it can help students become more persuasive because it requires players to convince teammates that he or she is innocent. Other students stated that the game helps build trust in your teammates, which can in turn benefit group work in the classroom. Overall, there are many skills learned in it that can be transferred to the classroom.
Reading while playing
Studies have suggested that games may improve reading skills. Researches infer that reading skills may improve because most of the time, kids must read instructions in order to play. Even more, kids may resort to websites to read about the game and how to play.
Understanding distance and space
Games such as Minecraft involve 3D maps in which players have to navigate. Sometimes, there is no GPS or map, hence players improve their visual-spatial skills by understanding distance and space.
Problem-solving with Games
Many video games are centered around a problem as the player must play to solve it. They require the player to plan, organize, and think about how they are going to delve into puzzles. There is not much evidence that proves that video games directly improve problem-solving skills, but there is a possible correlation.
Socializing with Video Games
Video games allow players to socialize with others while building teamwork skills. Many people have a difficult time making friends in person, however video games may be a more comfortable setting to talk to people. Considering the circumstances today, video games have a become a common activity among friends to connect virtually as per COVID-19 restrictions. In general, video games can positively impact one’s social skills and help them work with teams.
Expressing creativity and imagination with Video Games
With many kids being stressed from reality, video games can act as a temporary escape for them to delve into imaginative play. Even more, video games can allow players to become more creative both in-game and in-person. In addition, they can boost a person’s curiosity, making them eager to learn and ask questions.
Careers in video game industry
Streaming platforms like Twitch have been on the rise. People have began streaming their game play and many have profited off of their content. Streaming games is a possible career for people and can allow them to showcase their talents and personalities. Other careers in the video game industry include but are not limited to game developers, coders, marketers, and event planners. With this industry on the rise, it is possible that more career options will become available.
Future outlook of Games
Video games are becoming very popular, especially in the pandemic. There are studies which show that they can improve skills in multiple areas such as problem-solving, socializing, and creativity. In addition, they help with imagination, visual spacing, and career. Perhaps educators will consider incorporating them into their lessons to allow students to have fun while learning and developing skills.
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