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Play a video game or watch a young person play a video game for at least half an hour and analyse the learning experiences involved in that game.
My sons play League of Legends, networked with each other and with their friends. Teaming up together, they spend time laughing, scheming and conquering. Afterwards, they re-live their victories or defeats. I understand not a word of what they are saying, but here is what I think they get out of it!
Strategic Thinking: sorting out what tasks need to be completed to win the game, as well as the order in which they should be completed.
Spatial Awareness: keeping the map or playing area in their heads, as well as knowing where their team members are.
Memory: remembering each attribute and skill for each character. Unfortunately this memory skill is not transferable – they can never remember how long they’ve been playing!
Verbal Communication: logged into Skype as well, they can verbally communicate with their team members and critically analyse the opposition’s tactics.
Written Communication: they are able to be understood with very few written words, most of which are truncated and unpublishable!
Cooperation: they must work together to win.
Repetition: in my observation, they need to repeat the same tasks over and over (and over and over and over) again.
Mastery: Each time they play, they get better at the game by learning new tactics.
It’s quite nice to be able to write my perceived positive learning experiences from gaming: the perceived negatives would require a WHOLE OTHER POST:)