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Educational Pathways

These relate to games with different educational benefits. Along with games that are designed to be educational, this includes games that can inspire learning and knowledge because of the worlds and stories they create. The collateral learning uncovered here is a glimpse into the ways games can help children learn about themselves, their community and the world.
 

Alphonse found the classroom setting difficult to cope with. This meant that he was reluctant to attend school and struggled to find a social group.

 
18/10/2022 / 3 months ago

Games served as early exposure and motivational practice for reading for Hazel, starting with games designed intentionally to support reading skills for young children and eventually graduating into independent play with more general games that feature significant amounts of text.

 
18/03/2022 / 10 months ago

As a parent, I want my child to be able to take on hard problems, persevere in the face of setbacks, and see failure in a healthy way - not as a self-defining attribute, but rather a necessary and useful tool for growth and long-term success. I also want her to have a positive mindset about her own skill development, so that she believes herself capable of developing any skills she would like to pursue for herself. Play, particularly with games, has been one way we have explored these ideas together and through games I've seen her grow in these areas.

 
18/04/2022 / 9 months ago

Rachel loved stories about wildlife from a young age, but it wasn't until she started playing some video games where you play as creatures or you help wild creatures that she really started to become obsessed with all things wild.

 
23/03/2022 / 10 months ago

Some of my first memories of video games are watching my father play Age of Empires. Over the years particular games have deepened my understanding and interest in ancient cultures. They contributed not only to my love of Archaeology but my decision to study Forensic Science at college and Archaeology and Anthropology from University of Manchester.

 
30/03/2022 / 10 months ago

I’m a Chemistry teacher and have been playing games since I was four years old. I didn’t go looking to make video games a big part of my life, but over the years I’ve come back to them again and again. Reflecting on this now, I see a common thread of connection is what kept me coming back.

 
26/10/2022 / 3 months ago

I'm a junior school class teacher who uses a range of technology in my lessons. In particular I've developed the use of video games as an interactive and socially inspiring reading time.

 
04/04/2022 / 10 months ago

Over the course of several years Paul developed a fascination with planes and flight. This started with a cursory interest in some of the war games that let you fly planes but steadily grew as he worked his way through other games that offered the chance to fly things.

 
08/03/2022 / 10 months ago

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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