How Computer Games Help Children Learn

How Computer Games Help Children Learn (Via EDITing in the Dark.) The idarknight posted about David Williamson Shaffer’s new book last week. I ordered mine right away. Then I got an email from Shaffer announcing the book. According to Shaffer, the book, How Computer Games Help Children Learn, “looks at the future of education in the computer age.”

He also mentioned that “there is also a companion website,, that has information about the book and about the educational games it discusses, as well as a blog and discussion about the games and the future of education.” I still think the name is a mouthful (though it’s well explained at the site), but regardless this looks like a powerful resource for those interested in using games for learning. I’ve subscribed to the blog.

At the very least, this might help address the problem Clark Aldrich posted about last week: 20% of most groups of students are mentally dropped out (Via The Learning Circuits Blog.)

6 Responses to “How Computer Games Help Children Learn”

  1. Educational Technology and Life » Blog Archive » eSchool News online Says:

    […] I posted about David Williamson Shaffer’s new book earlier this week. Today the eSchool News has a story on it: Give a kid a video game–and maybe a job […]

  2. Wesley Fryer Says:

    I wish some of the games they list and tout on their site were available for download! Their site says they were developed for testing. I think they should be released to the public!

  3. Educational Technology and Life » Blog Archive » Innovation and Gaming: Keys to the future Says:

    […] See also Wes’ comment on my last post about Shaffer. He’s got a point. […]

  4. Michelle Says:

    Which educational computer games do you reccommend for preschool-6th grade? And why? I’m gathering info for future purchasing and doing a college research paper on computer games for kids.. i appreciate your help.

  5. Mark Wagner Says:


    It’s a big question and I’m certainly not an expert in small children, but based on my review of the research I’d recommend that any of the popular (but complex and non-violent) games may be appropriate, particularly if the students are interested in them. I wouldn’t actually recommend “educational games” – but rather commercial games with educational value. For instance, ZooTycoon or Animal Crossing or Pokemon might be a great place to start. Marc Prensky has an excellent book out with lots of tips for teachers and parents interested in taking advantage of their kids’ interest in video games: Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning (2006)

    You might also be interested in the archive of online games for kids that my wife has assembled for her kindergarteners:

    I hope this gets you pointed in the right direction.


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    A playway method is anyday better than the stiff and stipulated way of learning.