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Can gaming improve teens’ school grades?

4 years ago

1 expert and 3 parents have answered

Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

As tricky questions go, this one is a doozy. Right now there are parents frantically removing all signs of console, PC and device from their teenager’s sight, hoping desperately that this will get them to improve their grades – and yet there are reports that it can have the opposite effect.

Susan Maushart’s book The Winter of Our Disconnect details her family’s life when they unplugged themselves from technology for six months – her son ended up selling his game console at the end so he could study music, and her daughter’s grades improved. She believes it was an exercise in success.

On the other side of the coin is SMALLab, a motion-capture rig housed in the Design and Technology program at Parsons The New School For Design. It aims to improve learning and found that students who used gaming apparatus to learn chemical titration and geology scored significantly higher than students who were taught by standard methods.

Of course, these specialist consoles aren’t cheap – luckily, research has shown that brain training games of the sort you can get for the Nintendo DS could improve grades in a matter of weeks.

More ‘traditional’ videogames have also been proven to improve logic and problem-solving skills, hand-eye co-ordination, focus and concentration.

Obviously, grades aren’t going to improve if all your child does is sit in front of Super Mario Galaxy and does no revision – finding the balance between game time and study time is the crucial thing.

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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

I think they might achieve this goal. But it's uncertain at the moment. Lots of experiments are going on about this topic. Have a look at http://playforce.org

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Roland Gesthuizen
Roland Gesthuizen Leading ICT and Science Educator Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Confiscating computer games and devices to control their use is a short term fix that may make us feel good but avoids parenting. The lack of play affects emotional development, leading to the rise of anxiety, depression, and problems of attention and self control. As parents we also need to teach our children self control and discuss constructive ways for them to cope. It is a question of sensible rules and balance, not blind control.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/10/all-work-and-no-play-why-your-kids-are-more-anxious-depressed/246422/

http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-self-control.html

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