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Can video games stimulate academic learning?

Can video games stimulate academic learning? “Yet, perhaps because of the perceived negative impact, there has been surprisingly little research on how to use games for teaching…The children who played video games were more motivated, more likely to pay attention in class, and substantially less likely to be disruptive.”
Comment: In our department, we’ve been using games for a variety of learning activities. The results have been largely positive. The most significant response from learners is an increased sense of attention. Learners seem much more alert/responsive to gaming content than text/traditional learning. This may not necessarily be a function of the medium, but more with the originality of the approach (i.e. any new approach to content presentation or learning heightens a learner’s sense of awareness).