Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Video Gaming, Technology, Teens and Learning by Doing

The following post is in reference to the following article: Major New Study Shatters Stereotypes About Teens and Video Games.

The beauty of my generation, is that I get to claim that I am neither a digital native, nor a digital immigrant (per Mark Prensky).

Three schools years ago, which would be the year of 2005-06, two students of mine did senior projects that followed the same premise of a study that was recently put out by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (emailed to me courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation). The students told me that their parents and I misunderstood what gaming was really like. I told them to quit talking and start proving their point, which they did by the way.

These two students told me that video games and technology could be used in a much more efficient manner for today's students, which would help them be more engaged in their learning environments and subject matter. I must admit, I was convinced three years ago and am even more convinced today that they were right. They told me about the strong connections they had online, but I didn't quite understand it.

I may comment on this further at a later date, but wanted to share the article with you. If this post bored you, you can check out "Did You Know 2.0" on the web.

Still Looking for Students at EOC

What the heck, I have a blog and people are looking at it, I might as well tell you that we still have openings at our school, EdVisions Off Campus, for the 2008-09 school year.

We are an online, project based school high school (7-12). Students must reside in Minnesota to be eligible, as we are a public school.

You can check us out here, email me or leave a comment should you be interested.


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Plug for a Students Blog

Since I am reading it, I am hoping you will check it out too.

One of the students at our school is spending time blogging on current events.

Check it out here.