5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century. Don’t take my word for it. I am not a math [...]

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century. Don’t take my word for it. I am not a math [...]

Generation Blockhead: How Minecraft Mods The Grown-Ups Of Tomorrow

At the time of this writing, Minecraft had sold over 16.2 Million copies of the desktop PC/Mac edition. The “Pocket Edition” (for tablets and smartphones): 21 Million copies. Add in XBOX and PS3 sales and it makes it to number three on Wikipedia’s best-selling video games of all time list (no. 1 is Tetris, no. [...]

New Video Games Teach Caring And Compassion

Shovel Knight is hard to stop playing. It is a super stylized tribute to the epic platformers of the game industry’s early days. My kids and I have been playing the game together for the last few weeks. We sit on the sofa, handing off the WiiU controller and navigating our way past witty characters [...]

Too Many Games And Apps? Pediatricians Say Read Aloud To Your Children

You have probably heard the terms “summer slide” or “summer slump.” These terms refer to the learning loss that happens when kids are not in school. The National Summer Learning Association says that “research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do [...]

What Disneyland Means To The Video Game Generation

Disney characters are not as familiar to my kids as they were to me when I was their age. Perhaps it is because they have tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops. Their pop culture universe is dominated by Minecraft, Mario, Clash of Clans, and Pokemon. YouTube gamers are celebrities to them. While they (and I) enjoy [...]

The Hidden Moral Messages In Video Games

Things get confusing when thinking about  because the narrative content and the mechanics are rarely aligned. Still, both are transmitting lessons to players. Because they’re interactive, involve both traditional narrative and procedural rhetoric. Traditional rhetoric, of course, is the common practice of persuasion that originated in ancient Mesopotamia. Each time we teach kids to write [...]

Why Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Matters

Disney’s Maleficent brought in $70 Million at the box office during its opening weekend. The real significance of the film, however, has nothing to do with revenue. Instead, it represents a cultural shift that can potentially have profound implications for our children. In fact, what’s remarkable is that, with the exception of a few banal [...]

Technology And Video Games Make Kids Think Differently About Old Questions

It is popular to write about how the internet is changing the way we think. and parenting journalists like to speculate about what new technology is doing to our children. People write both negative and positive versions. The negative versions complain that we are raising a generation of kids that are sucked into screens, disconnected [...]

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