Wednesday, January 16, 2008
When it comes to video games, one school has taken the motto "if you can't beat them, join them" to heart and allows kids who do well in school to play video games as a reward.
They decided that one way to motivate kids is to allow them to play video games and, indeed, if you want to see a motivated group of kids, watch them play a video game. so they decided to apply a little behaviorism and reward good kids with video games.
Check out this quick little posted titled School Offers Game Time as a Reward. I'd like to see the games more integrated into the curriculum as tools for learning rather than an extra (and the question, how intrinsically motivated are the kids if no games were involved).
But contrast the above with schools that ban games and things like iPods altogether as I wrote about in Hire that Kid!. The ideal situation is, of course, somewhere in the middle.
Thanks to Chris C. for sharing that link. Keep the links coming.
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