Monthly Archives: April 2014

Video Games and Learning

Category : Blog , Video Games

Video Games As Learning Tools 

More research continues to show the “promise” of video games in the realm of learning.

An Excerpt from: Beyond Grades: Do Games Have a Future As Assessment Tools? By Katrina Schwartz

“The state of mind that game designers are chasing is similar to what teachers are trying to do, which is get students in the zone of proximal development…That means finding the “sweet spot” where the material isn’t too easy or too hard. It should provide a challenging and thus engaging experience, but not be such a frustrating experience that students quit.Games reach this state naturally by preventing players from moving on until they’ve mastered the skills needed at lower levels…”

To read the entire article from Mind/Shift, go here.

Surviving Cancer With Video Games

Category : Blog , Video Games

Video Game Play for Survival of Cancer

Meet Steven Gonzalez, a cancer survivor & co-founder of  The Survivor Games.

“I’m the cofounder of the Survivor Games—a virtual arcade that I’ve sought to share with other patients,” says Steven, now 19 and a freshman in college. (Yes, luckily for us all, he’s happy, healthy, and engaging with the world as he was born to do.)

“The Survivor Games gives kids the ability to connect with other people who may be going through the same thing. It provides a sense of being a kid, which gets pushed to the side when cancer is part of your life.”

Read the full article from Mashable, here.