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Do you have children? Do they play computer (console) games? I run a teacher training company in South Wales (we run the INSET days that give you an extra day with your young 'uns every now and again… Read More
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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
Do you have children? Do they play computer (console) games?

I run a teacher training company in South Wales (we run the INSET days that give you an extra day with your young 'uns every now and again) and had an interesting debate today with two of the head teachers I am currently working with. As an avid gamer of 20 years+, I believe that games can be educational; they teach strategy and develop lines of thought, can help children to understand issues and morality, and lead directly on to ICT capabilities.

However, the two heads both said that computer games are the scourge of modern education, and are heavily responsible for declining standards in reading.

Which side of the debate do you support?
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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Computer games can teach variety of skills and encourage problem solving/logical methods of thinking but integrating this into a educational environment is not as easy. The word 'game' instantly incites excitement in pupils leading to inevitable disappointment when they realise its educational, and to be honest educational computer games are complete rubbish. I think computer games have their place but in the class room is just heading for trouble, stick to ICT and the practical application of technology, it can still be made fun.
#2
i believe inset days should be held during school holidays
#3
Oh, educational games have always and will always be rubbish. £100+vat for a one screen number bonds applet! They spend millions on making the latest PS3/360 games and rarely £5,000 on an educational title.

I'm talking more about the games they play at home- Pokemon, Advance Wars, etc. :) The stuff that will never be allowed in the classroom but that children play in their spare time.
#4
Games are harmful period. Only adults should be allowed to play them not kids. Their minds are penetrable and jelly like.
#5
my 2 boys have played online game runescape for a few years now, recently i have noticed a couple of things:

they are often trading with other players, this helps with maths as they have to work out the value of each item and the ratio etc

they also 'mine' and make items with the materials they mine, which includes adding 2 different types together, my eldest has recently told me this helped him answer some questions in science
#6
My son can 'Bust a cap' in a gangsta's bum from 15 feet on 'vice city', i'm hoping that if he ever gets hold of a gun he has had enough practice from the game to defend us in a hostile enviroment.
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billyX
Oh, educational games have always and will always be rubbish. £100+vat for a one screen number bonds applet! They spend millions on making the latest PS3/360 games and rarely £5,000 on an educational title.

I'm talking more about the games they play at home- Pokemon, Advance Wars, etc. :) The stuff that will never be allowed in the classroom but that children play in their spare time.


Aah seen, yeah like anything in this world too much of one thing is usually not good. One of the problems I see is, all us 1st generation games players are older and having our own families etc, and the games market reflects this hugely with the price of consoles, games and mainly adult themed games which all the kids want and seem to get, in the 80s it was video nasties and now its 'unpleasant' computer games.
#8
two words :

Viva pinata!

Incredible, and it teaches kids about the birds and the.... pinatas?
#9
Blanco
Games are harmful period. Only adults should be allowed to play them not kids. Their minds are penetrable and jelly like.


Games have warped my fragile little mind :whistling:

but really, im 20, at university and ive been playing games since i was about 6 Started with an 2nd hand NES, Amiga, PC, N64, PS2, Ps3 and i think im pretty fine tbh, and i will pwn joo if joo say Anytin els3
#10
The early text adventure games were brilliant for learning (you had to draw maps of your world, work out what objects to carry & how to use them, solve puzzles & problems, type instructions in English in order to progress, etc).

BTW - best ever part of a text adventure game was in "The Famous Five", playing the part of one of the boys. I typed in the command "kick Anne" - the response? "Golly", said Anne, "Aren't adventures painful?" A classic! Also typed in "kick George", & the response was "Better not, she's bigger than me & hurts when she punches".
#11
cis_groupie
The early text adventure games were brilliant for learning (you had to draw maps of your world, work out what objects to carry & how to use them, solve puzzles & problems, type instructions in English in order to progress, etc).

BTW - best ever part of a text adventure game was in "The Famous Five", playing the part of one of the boys. I typed in the command "kick Anne" - the response? "Golly", said Anne, "Aren't adventures painful?" A classic! Also typed in "kick George", & the response was "Better not, she's bigger than me & hurts when she punches".


Last year i had the urge to play a text based adventure, downloaded the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy one and had some great fun
banned#12
As long as they have other interests, I cannot see the harm. My 8 year old is the highest achiever in his year group on all levels and always has been. My 4 year old daughter looks like she is following in his footsteps in her reception year. They both have a DS, Xbox360, Playstation2 and various learning computers.

But, they have time for arts and crafts, playing out, tv and of course homework.

I agree that there is alot of skills that can be learnt from games.

The only time I can see that it is a problem is if a child sits there for hours on end playing them.
#13
cis_groupie
The early text adventure games were brilliant for learning (you had to draw maps of your world, work out what objects to carry & how to use them, solve puzzles & problems, type instructions in English in order to progress, etc).

BTW - best ever part of a text adventure game was in "The Famous Five", playing the part of one of the boys. I typed in the command "kick Anne" - the response? "Golly", said Anne, "Aren't adventures painful?" A classic! Also typed in "kick George", & the response was "Better not, she's bigger than me & hurts when she punches".


I still have that on Spectrum that was fun! buying and eating ice creams rowing a boat etc lol.

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