07 August 2017

A place for Video Games in Schools?

Students at the International Football School in Kariong, on the NSW central coast are using video games in the classroom as means of learning. 

Students at the sports-focused school, which runs from kindergarten to year 12, are encouraged to play popular video games including, Pokemon GoClash of the Clans and Ingress in the classroom to build their communication and teamwork skills.

About half of Australian students are now using video games in the classroom, up from one-third in 2015, according to new national survey findings in the 2018 Digital Australia report.

About 70 per cent of parents believe video games can be effective for teaching and motivating students at school, 64 per cent believe they can help students pay attention and 62 per cent believe they can help schools remain relevant.

 

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About 93 per cent of households have gaming devices and 67 per cent of Australians play video games. Of these, 77 per cent are aged 18 or over and the average age of a video game player is now 34, up from 24 in 2005.

 

 

Michelle Blight, a year 12 physics teacher at St George Christian School in Sydney's south, is now using a video game while teaching the space component of the HSC curriculum.

 

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"There's a game called Kerbal Space Program that helps then understand the different aspects of rocket launch and re-entry," Mrs Blight said.

 

 

Mrs Blight said she also uses video games in physics lessons for years 9, 10 and 11.

 

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