Monday, October 3, 2016

Are Video Games Making Your Kids Smarter?

Are Video Games Making Your Kids Smarter?

1) The speaker's claim in this presentation is that with this new up and coming generation, also known as "Generation G" according to him, that gaming is the new trend and can actually be beneficial toward children's learning and other cognitive skill development. The message within this presentation was for parents who may be against video games to join this trend with their children or children they work with.

2) The speaker believes this because it is stated that kids must have some sort of multitasking skill in order to play video games due to the advancement in games along with more buttons and tasks that must be completed in order to achieve goals within the game being played.

3) Evidence showing that video games may be beneficial towards kids is that there are five components involved with increasing fluid intelligence; seeking novelty, challenging the individual themselves, thinking creatively, completing tasks the hard way, and networking. Along with this it is stated that games present an exponential increase in learning. The speaker also uses an example from a 3rd grade teacher and educator, Ananth Pai, who was able to have his students increase their reading level from 3rd grade level to mid 4th grade level in a matter of 18 weeks by using a video game based curriculum involving Nintendo DS gaming systems.

4) As mentioned before, I found it very interesting that Ananth Pai was able to develop a video game based cirriculum of his own that helped his students increase their reading levels by nearly 2 levels in a span of 18 weeks. In my opinion that is pretty remarkable because this is also being done on a portable gaming system that kids use everyday.

5) In my opinion, I feel that in some cases video games can be beneficial for children especially after watching the video and seeing actual evidence that it not only helps kids learn and develop other cognitive skills but that it is also fun and enjoyable for them. My only concern would be that kids could be easily distracted with using gaming systems such as a Nintendo DS which is capable of playing other games which could take away from one's learning. However, I think that if the use of video games is in a controlled learning environment, it could definitely be beneficial for the youth.

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