Kids Are Playing Games in the Classroom

By: Angela Salerno
By: Angela Salerno

The words “video games” often get a bad wrap, but the Federation of American Studies said the technology can be a great tool in the classroom.

"It's something kids are already doing, it's something they are interested in, so I mean, if one of the problems you have is getting kids to pay attention and getting involved in what you're teaching them, I think it's a great idea," said Edwin Poole, an EB Games Employee.

The federation goes on to say video games have an audience of 45 million users. Educators are finding ways to bring this technology into the classroom.

"Why not incorporate it into the classroom? You find a lot of students have been exposed to this type of technology and they can actually teach you, the teacher, some things," said Brandon Clayton, a Kate Sullivan Elementary teacher.

Leon County schools are ahead of the game using iPods as a reading tool. Students at Tallahassee's Bond Elementary are using the new game Book Worm to learn vocabulary and spelling in a non-traditional way.

"It's a lot of fun for the kids and for us. We sit there as teachers and play it ourselves," said Brynn Wallace, a Bond Elementary teacher.

"We have so much fun, but at the same time we still learn," Kanishia Cotton, a Bond Elementary student.

Problem solving and team building are among the many perks games like Book Worm are teaching children.

The federation said it's common sense to bring an activity kids enjoy at home into the classroom to raise achievement. Teachers don't need much training when it comes to the games. They said students are often the ones teaching them how the technology works.


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