BoyoncomputerHow can we best use digital games to improve children’s learning and health?  A new report entitled Game Changer: Investing in digital play to advance children’s learning and health, by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, tackles this question with renewed vigor.

Digital games have been shown to aid in learning in particular contexts, but the question of how far this potential goes has yet to be fully explored. For that reason, in addition to discussing specific games that encourage physical health, development of healthy long-term habits, and disease management, the report calls for strategic investment in this field to maximize the potential of this technology.

The report also outlines a strategy of research and development, innovative partnerships, support for the adults who guide children’s digital lives, modernization of public media, and increased public dialogue about digital media.

7 Responses to “Using Digital Games to Improve Children’s Learning and Health”

  1. Hearti Lopez

    I believe games can help children with learning, it’s just a matter of choosing the right games for the child. Not all games are helpful and as a parent we are responsible for what our child is playing.

  2. Anonymous

    Games can certainly help children learn, but you have to be very careful about the content and what they’re learning. Making great wholesome learning games for children would most likely make them learn faster because it’s fun! Isn’t that what we’d be aiming for anyways! Anyways great article! very thought provoking.

  3. Anonymous

    Video games can build leadership skills that will be very useful in life. Also it will develop the ability to solve complex problems.

  4. Moneta

    Video games have been found to help educate people on how to improve their health and fitness. As a result there are a number of fitness video games on the market. Both the Xbox 360 Kinect and the Nintendo Wii have several different types of fitness games. Today there isn’t any excuse to not get in an exercise routine. You can do it in the privacy of your home at any hour of the day.

  5. Eli Anenoglou

    Studies have shown that the human brain is mechanical in nature. Thus it adhears to the same essential modeling of a computer program. Thus relating to and assimilating prompts and commands much easier for such an interface. That being so I think it would be a great idea to introduce video games to spur on learning programs. They tried to start it in the 90s but it faded away when games got a bad rap for violence.


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