My reaction to this particular learning program is of excitement and wonder. These children are using computers and technology to create games that could possibly revolutionize the teaching industry. I heard someone in the video say if we teach our children today the way we did yesterday, we robe them of tomorrow. I think that is very true particularly in this 21st Century world we live in now.
I think that the use of games doesn’t have to be limited to computers. I have a strong believe that using sports or sport like games can also be a valuable tool for children to learn. I hope that creative computer gaming can do as one speaker in the video mentioned that games be the means to instruct and test children all at once.
I have experience with playing games particularly video and computer games as I’ve grown up. What didn’t come to my attention until I saw this video was that all games instruct or teach the gamer how to play and in finishing or “winning” the game the player knows the skills the game has taught you. Unfortunately, when I think about educational games, they are all very remedial and meant for very small children. I recall when I was learning to type on the computer I played a game that helped me learn it. It wasn’t exactly exciting or provocative that I wanted to play it, although it was a game it didn’t really take my attention away from wanting to play real video games or on the computer.
Seeing the innovative things Quest 2 Learn is doing it might be possible for kids to create games that kids would be interested in enough to play to completion and actually learn something useful.