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Old 02-19-2024, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Illinois USA
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For those of you who are in education, is there really any benefit of games marketed as educational?
Like some versions of Minecraft and prodigy

Is it atleast better than other games
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Old 02-19-2024, 05:24 PM
 
Location: WA
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I don't know about those two.

When my kids were young we had various educational games on CD that were pretty decent teaching the alphabet, reading, and so forth. They had lots of fun with them. I think Reader Rabbit was the name of one of them. But I don't think it is around anymore.

Now days they are mostly on web sites and web-based games rather than CD ROM. And also phone apps.

There are a couple of game web sites I use when teaching HS biology. For example: https://learn.concord.org/resources/615/geniventure

But I wouldn't necessarily be all excited about ordinary games marketed as educational. Put your kids in sports or music lessons. That is more educational than video games.
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Old 02-19-2024, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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But I wouldn't necessarily be all excited about ordinary games marketed as educational. Put your kids in sports or music lessons. That is more educational than video games.
I agree. The problem that used as a learning tool...fine. But the video games, good and bad, have become obsessions and kids are becoming couch potatoes. Sitting for hours pushing buttons on a joystick is a recipe for later disaster.
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Old 02-20-2024, 10:35 AM
 
Location: NMB, SC
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I agree. The problem that used as a learning tool...fine. But the video games, good and bad, have become obsessions and kids are becoming couch potatoes. Sitting for hours pushing buttons on a joystick is a recipe for later disaster.
Or a secure job manning drones for the military.
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Old 02-20-2024, 01:00 PM
 
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If the choice is between educational-ish games vs less educational games there is some benefit, I know my interest in history was spurred by historical tactics games. Personally I encourage my own kids to play games that have some kind of educational or creative component over mindless entertainment.
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Old 02-20-2024, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Illinois USA
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If the choice is between educational-ish games vs less educational games there is some benefit, I know my interest in history was spurred by historical tactics games. Personally I encourage my own kids to play games that have some kind of educational or creative component over mindless entertainment.
I agree
Can you please recommend some ?
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Old 02-20-2024, 06:03 PM
 
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I wish the Reader Rabbit games were still around. My kids loved those when little and were doing first grade work well before starting kindergarten because of those games. My youngest developed a deep interest in history from the Skyrim and Assassins Creed games and devoured everything in the school library on Greek and Norse mythology then into American Revolution and Civil War history and devoured that as well. Went on to major in history and geography in college.
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