How video games can support learning

The topic of video games and their influence on children has always been controversial.
They have been blamed for fostering violent tendencies in children. Research on this is thin, however.
Sometimes, they are even blamed for having a bad impact on children’s emotional development.
In my experience, however, video games can support learning processes, also. This article will give examples of this.

Lastly, I will give recommendations for games or franchises, that I sucessfully used in my classroom.

I will need to say upfront, that I enjoy gaming myself. Video games have been an important companion for me throughout my life since childhood.

Children love playing video games. In some cases, videogames can support learning as well.
Understandably, we are worried about our children’s video gaming habits. But video games can be conducive to learning.

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My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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