Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Richard is in charge of educational content at PlayBrighter, a provider of customisable online educational games that students actually enjoy playing. Previously he taught at a challenging technical school in one of those Parisian suburbs where they burn cars.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:27

Video games as learning tools

Eat chocolate and ice cream for a balanced diet! Be universally popular by saying exactly what’s on your mind! Pass exams by playing computer games! If you think this is fantasy, then you’d be right – 66.7% of the time.

It’s the computer games claim that’s not fantasy. As early as 2002 a group called Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia produced a report which was consulted by the Department of Education: it showed how even games without an explicitly educational content could develop a range of critical skills in children. Last year a survey by researchers from Michigan State University was presented to the Third International Cognitive Load Theory Conference, which confirmed that Internet use and video games significantly help young adolescents who are struggling with literacy.

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