Tell Mom and Dad: Video games are learning tools

(Transformative Learning Technologies Lab)

Parents want kids to study hard. Kids love video games. Maybe they both have a point.

Some educators think video games might be an effective teaching tool, especially for the computer programming skills that are so important in today’s economy.

Several U.S. schools incorporate educational video games to spark kids’ interest in math, reading…and coding. Video games show particular promise for STEM learning. (STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.)

President Obama encourages students to study computer science. Programs like TechGirls and promote participation in computer science by women and students of color.

Digital literacy looks to be one path to success in the 21st century.