Video Games In Schools.
For many students, school is thought of like this : Walk in, write stuff , walk out , walk in to another room, write more, eat, and repeat. Fortunately with today's technology schools are becoming more exciting and students look forward to the day. Some schools are using video games to help students learn. All schools should implement some form of video games in the curriculum.
Some schools use Minecraft to teach everything, from the structure of an eyeball to the solar system. Because of Minecrafts infinite possibilities, rather then proving a student's knowledge through paper where it cannot be fully expressed, students can build and explore their knowledge and imagination, all while having fun and learning. There is even a version of Minecraft that is just for teachers!
It is common speculation that video games cause criminal behaviour, due to that some video games are extremely violent or inappropriate. This is not true (excepting mentally delusional people). Games have ratings due to the violence, language, online interaction, and content, only so people under the rated age will not be mentally scarred. The games (and movies) cannot be purchased if you are under the age rated.
Video games also teach decision-making, such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Any decision made in the game can affect what happens next. For example, the player can choose to be violent or stealthy. Each of these options result in different endings to the game. Please note that Deus Ex is rated MA15+ due to violence and coarse language.
Another thing that schools are inserting into the curriculum that has to do with video games is coding in a particular software. For lower school, there are softwares called scratch and kodu game lab. These use block-based pieces of code to build simple but well-designed games or animations. For older students, there is Gamestar Mechanic and Mozilla Thimble. These are free, but Gamestar Mechanic has very expensive purchases for the full game. Scroll down to view these sources.